Les Edwards is an illustrator, working in the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres. He’s done graphic novels, advertising campaigns, and book jacket illustrations.
I admit, I didn’t know much about Les Edwards going into this post. I stumbled across him while doing some other research and thought this post would be fun. So I recognize very little of his body of work, with a few exceptions. He did illustrations for the Conan book series, publicity posters for the movie The Thing, and one of his pieces was used for the cover art on an early Metallica single. Some of his work, in his self-described “red period,” are quite gory, but other times he focused on portrait elements and landscapes.
He’s been doing illustrations for over 35 years, and also does work under the name Edward Miller. You can check out his work here (for Les Edwards) and here (for Edward Miller). He has numerous pieces of his work available for viewing and downloadable for desktop background, and some notes that go along with them.
I looked for a piece that depicted a heart being cut out, but couldn’t find one.