rtist Mark Riddick, reputable illustrator for the underground death metal music scene, launched his freelance career as a teenager in 1991 when he began illustrating logos, demo cassette covers, 7” EP record covers, and filler artwork for cut & paste underground death metal fanzines, bands, and record labels worldwide. In 1998, Riddick earned his undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from Greensboro College in North Carolina. Since finishing college, Riddick has pursued his freelance career by continuing to illustrate for underground and popular metal bands alike. Riddick’s artwork has been published by hundreds of metal bands as wide-ranging as Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Arsis, Autopsy, Behemoth, Bloodbath, Carnifex, Deceased, Dethklok, Dragonforce, Dying Fetus, Exodus, Frozen Soul, Gatecreeper, Grave, Hirax, Horrendous, Incantation, Internal Bleeding, Lamb of God, Megadeth, Morbid Angel, Mortician, Mystifier, Nunslaughter, Pestilence, Revel in Flesh, Revocation, Rotting Christ, Sanguisugabogg, Skeletal Remains, Skullfist, Slipknot, Suffocation, The Black Dahlia Murder, Thy Art Is Murder, Torture Killer, Varathron, Warbringer, and Worm, etc.
Outside of the metal music scene, Riddick has completed work for pop, hip-hop, and electronic music artists including Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Pusha-T, City Morgue, Dieselboy, and Kayzo. In addition, Riddick’s talent has also been solicited by other media outlets such as television: “Metalocalypse” (Adult Swim), “Ghost Adventures,” (Travel Channel), “Law & Order” (NBC), and “Stan Against Evil” (IFC); fashion brands: Anti Denim, Born a Bad Seed, Cold Mind, Cvrsed, Darc Sport, Death Saves, Disturbia, Dolls Kill, Hiro, Hybrid Legacy, Jawbreaker, Lip Service, Mason Clothing, Raised By Wolves, Rebel8, Rideau, Stay Cold, The Hundreds, Weird Clothing; gaming brands: Dungeoneer Games & Simulations, Magic the Gathering, IllFonic, and Warp Games; and food/beverage brands: 3Floyds, Adroit Theory, Brash, Magnanimous, Pabst Blue Ribbon, The Keep Downtown, and Uncle Chainsaw’s Hot Sauce.
Furthermore, Riddick has participated in numerous gallery exhibits domestically and overseas and has published several books: “Logos from Hell,” a 600-page book about extreme metal logos with over thirty contributing artists, as well as “Compendium of Death” showcasing artwork between 1991-2011 and “Morbid Visions” showcasing artwork between 2012-2016. Riddick’s work has been featured in a variety of art/culture books and celebrated heavy metal publications like Cvlt Nation, D.O.A., Hail Yourself, Kerrang!, Kvlt, Legacy, Metal Hammer, Metalegion, Metal Maniacs, Metal Sucks, Nefarious Realm, Pit, Planet Rock, Revolver, Rock Hard, Terrorizer, This Is Metal, Zero Tolerance, etc.; as well as popular culture publications like Bandcamp, Complex, Dazed, Fangoria, Highsnobiety, Joia, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Vice, What Youth, and Wired. Although unique illustration opportunities continue to present themselves, Riddick stays committed to his distinct and gruesome black and white illustrative approach and fervent dedication to underground death metal music.
2016 / Hard cover / 376 pages
Published by Doomentia Records and Press, Morbid Visions compiles underground death metal illustrator Mark Riddick's work from the past few years into one hard cover tome. Almost 400 pages boasting Riddick's best work to date including unpublished illustrations, sketches, and logos for some of the most extreme bands in the heavy metal scene. Includes an extensive and in-depth introduction by Riddick's twin brother.
2015 / Hard cover / 600 pages
Logos from Hell offers a glimpse into the most extreme and underground movement of logo identity branding in the history of graphic design. This 600-page tome is a visual onslaught of logo illustrations—for the heaviest metal bands on the planet—conjured by over thirty of the most talented and sought-after artists in the industry, including Christophe Szpajdel, Chris Moyen, Daniel Corcuera, Putrid, Kam Lee, Steve Crow, Kris Verwimp, Alan Corpse, Christopher Horst, Alemsahim, Diego Hellbastard, Antichrist Kramer, Toshihiro Egawa, Thomas Westphal, Raoul Mazzero, and many more! Compiled by underground death metal illustrator—Mark Riddick, with foreward by Michel “Away” Langevin—of Voivod fame—Logos from Hell seeks to inspire, bewilder, and challenge the reader to embrace sound design principles guised by the monstrous. Unleashed by one of the rising leaders in extreme metal music audio/visual publishing, Doomentia Records and Press, Logos from Hell is the perfect addition to your library whether you’re a metal music fan or a visual expert.
2012 / Hard cover / 600 pages / Out of print
A 20-year retrospective book featuring illustrations by notorious underground death metal artist, Mark Riddick. Published by Doomentia Press (www.doomentia.com), “Compendium of Death” boasts almost 600 pages, bound in hard cover format with introduction by Mike Abominator, an in-depth interview from 2011, and packed with over 700 images of unearthed corpses, mounds of entrails, and unholy rituals drawn for some of death metal’s most iconic and underground bands. First 100 copies accompanied by a signed and numbered 5-print set, first 25 copies with an original piece of art by Mark Riddick.