Sean Andrew Murray

“The art of Sean Murray reveals a boundless, bottomless imagination at work.  He is destined to be one of the great image makers and storytellers in our field…”

–       Guillermo del Toro

Sean Andrew Murray is a freelance illustrator, concept artist, author and teacher who has worked in the entertainment industry for nearly fifteen years.

The bulk of his career so far has been spent as a video game concept artist, working on such titles as “Dungeons & Dragons Online,” “The Lord of the Rings Online,” “Ultima Online”, “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” and two unannounced projects at Harmonix Music Systems.

His freelance client list includes: Legendary Pictures (Guillermo Del Toro), Disney-HyperionPublishing, Meridian Entertainment/Travis Beacham (writer of Pacific Rim), Sideshow Collectibles, Wizards of the Coast, Lego, EA Games, CoolMiniOrNot, Privateer Press, Fantasy Flight Games, White Wolf Games, ImagineFX magazine, Steve Jackson Games, FableVision and 3DTotal.

Sean was a finalist for a medal in the 20th annual Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art competition. He was also nominated for a 2015 Chesley Award for “Best Unpublished Black-and-White Work.” His work has been chosen for the past seven Spectrum annuals and has also been featured in ImagineFX magazine,, EXPOSÉ, and Prime – The Definitive Digital Art Collection.

A graduate of Syracuse University, he has taught in the illustration department at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and has spoken at Syracuse University’s Visual Communication Symposium. He also occasionally runs his own 6-week long intensive online seminars on the subject of “world-building for concept artists and illustrators.”

Recently he began working for visionary film director, producer and author Guillermo Del Toro on a television series called “Killing on Carnival Row” as well as an illustrated young-adult novel titled “Trollhunters”, which hit bookstore shelves on July 7, 2015.

The production of Sean’s illustrated fantasy book, “Gateway: The Book of Wizards,” was funded by a successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign. The book was a primer for a fantasy world centered on a vast city called “Gateway”, which Sean has been working on in his sketchbooks for over 15 years. Copies of these books, as well as several prints and other items are available for purchase at:

Lately, Sean has been spending more time exploring and expanding upon the world of Gateway in his sketchbooks and through his illustrations as well as an exciting new deck-building board game called “Gateway: Uprising,” which is available for purchase now! Check out for more information! And for other Gateway related news or to sign up for updates go to ( and scroll to the bottom of the page.

If you would like to follow along as Sean creates The Great City of Gateway one drawing and painting at a time, then consider becoming a pledger to his Patreon campaign: