Sean Andrew Murray

Creator of Gateway

Sean Andrew Murray is a freelance illustrator, concept artist, author and teacher who has worked in the entertainment industry for nearly fifteen years. He is also the creator of the world of "Gateway".

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-Hyperion Publishing, Sideshow Collectibles, Wizards of the Coast, Lego, EA Games, 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. 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.”

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.

Sean plans on spending more time in the years ahead exploring and expanding upon the world of Gateway through his illustration as well as other projects currently in the planning phases.

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"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