E. M. Gist received his B.A. from SDSU in 1998. He began studying with Jeff Watts in 1996. Three years later, Erik's training developed into teaching where he is now one of the lead instructors at Watts Atelier of the Arts. Gist began his career as a professional artist in 1998, working in video games. He continued to pursue his goal of being a genre illustrator, and achieved that dream in 2005 with work on a game called Hecatomb from Wizards of the Coast. Erik’s clients include Dark Horse Comics, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Disney Entertainment, TOR Publishing, Wizards of the Coast, Upperdeck, Boom! Studios, Palladium Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Viking Childrens Books, Monkey Brain Books, Quart Publishing, and Chiat-Day. His work can be seen in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, and Aphrodisia: Art of the Female Form Volume 1. Erik has been a finalist for the Illie Award, Chesley Award, Rondo Award, Pulp Ark Award, and he won the Horror Comics Award for best cover in 2012. Recently you can see his work on the covers of AvP: Fire & Stone, Disney Kingdom's Haunted Mansion, and The Strain comic series, and Magic the Gathering as well as many other publications