Peter Vinton, Jr. got his start in Fredericksburg, Virginia by selling handsomely-detailed pen-and-ink renderings to area homeowners, which led to commissions from local real estate and construction companies. Following this came a number of lucrative design contracts with various law enforcement agencies, including the DEA (for whom Peter designed the now-famous REDRUM logo), the U.S. Secret Service (for whom he designed a recruitment poster ), and the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.
In the fall of 1993, inspired by the works of the fantasy art masters like Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Michael Whelan, the Brothers Hildebrandt, Larry Elmore, Luis Royo, and (more recently) Greg Horn and Alex Ross, Vinton embarked on his own fantasy art venture, and began a portfolio of dazzling otherworldly characters and settings to which he continues to add today. Early in 1995, Vinton's first genre illustration appeared in Aberrations. He has done work for various Renaissance Faires, his work has appeared in Medusa's Hairdo, and has also been featured on the cover of Lost Worlds and, more recently, My Peculiar Family. Vinton has been a featured artist at New York ComicCon, Wizard World's BigAppleCon, a regular at Granite State ComicCon (his "home" con), Boston ComicCon (his "other home" con), MASSive Comic Con, Vermont Comic Con, Rhode Island Comic Con, and the Upper Valley Comic Expo. Watch this space for additional appearance announcements.
Currently Peter is developing his own series, a not-too-distant-future tale of how the Second American Revolution came to be.
Vinton encourages you to give your business to your local comic book store, especially on important worldwide events like Free Comic Book Day. He enthusiastically recommends:
A native Vermonter, Vinton is a graduate of Vermont College of the Union Institute (Montpelier), would appear to have raised two children who didn't turn out to be axe murderers (as far as anyone knows), and is feverishly at work on the next installment of The Monitor's Guild. Vinton is also a total American history geek (the Revolution in particular), enjoys listening to Roger Waters and Frank Zappa, and indulging in his love of old episodes of Doctor Who at 1:00 a.m. He remains a Cancer but wants to "keep his options open" and hasn't ruled out being a Libra or perhaps even a Virgo someday. For the record, he was decisively sorted into Slytherin.