The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center will display a selection of Jayel Draco’s art from the Children of Gaia fantasy universe this Friday! So come meet the artist, enjoy local art, free beer, local popcorn and fair trade shopping during this month’s First Friday celebration on August 3 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at 519 S Higgins Avenue in Missoula, Montana! While you’re there, nab a copy of The Great Nations of Rendaraia and some Children of Gaia art, and get it all signed!
About the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center
About Children of Gaia
Children of Gaia is a vast universe; the backdrop for an epic, ongoing story told across multiple media. Works in progress include art books, comics, dime store novels, photomanipulation series, three-dimensional representations, and many others. These projects are co-created by a team of artists, writers, consultants, and developers.
In Rendaraia, where nature, magic, and civilization have long coexisted, strangers of unknown origin are invading. As war rages between the Terran interlopers and Rendaraian natives, hundreds of unique cultures are ravaged by an imperial society driven by the demands of its politically divided home. But there is more at stake than land or culture: Rendaraia and its invaders are linked far more deeply than anyone realizes. In a lavish fantasy setting, battles are waged through magic and steel, diplomacy and gunpowder. Children of Gaia is a complex story told through the eyes of those living through a collision of worlds. Some fight for power, others struggle to preserve a way of life, and many battle just to stay alive.
About the Artist
Jayel Draco is the co-founder of Missoula-based Oneshi Press and the co-creator of Children of Gaia. He is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in 2003 with a BFA in Illustration. For over a decade he has worked as an art director, illustrator, animator, graphic designer, VFX technician, and web designer.
His animation work for Wagner’s Die Walküre (conducted by James Levine and directed by Robert LePage) was shown at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and his animation work for Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men (written by Joss Whedon, illustrated by John Cassaday, and directed by Neal Adams) was projected onto the side of a building in Union Square at MarvelFest. In 2015, Jayel left Neal Adams Continuity Studios, where he worked as a as web designer, animator, and VFX technician.
He now lives in Missoula, Montana, where he is the co-founder of Oneshi Press.