Sunday, June 29, 2014

'Egg Thieves'

I recently told someone that if left to my own devices, my drawings revolve around dragons, wizards, and knights. While this is largely correct, I also like to push myself. This is particularly true in the case of dragons. I love making new types of dragons, finding creative ways to make them look sinister, benevolent, crafty, and interesting.

In this drawing, made at work during breaks one day after making a commitment to myself to draw more, I explored the idea of egg thieves stealing a mother dragon's eggs, but not before some had hatched. I really enjoy the storytelling here. There are so many possibilities. In my opinion, a piece of artwork should be able to stand alone as much as stand with others of its kind. I revealed this sketch on Facebook, first. I wanted reactions, to see if others were drawn to its narrative. They were and it made me feel like this piece was a true success. Though there are things that definitely need to change here, the overall idea is present. After all, these sketches are just ideas to be edited and re-edited by me at some future date so I can redraw them and finish them.

Now, the next part in my two-part plan is to get to the point where I can have the time to take all these drawings to final paintings. For that I will need to leave my current day job at the art store completely. Until then, a painting now and again and a bunch of drawings will be the norm.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

'Hydra Cave'

Hydra are interesting creatures. I always wanted to meet one in a D&D game, but never got the chance.

I imagine the shifting scales, dusty and heavy in the dark of a cave, uncoiling slowly, sunlight from some lost crevice adding enough illumination to reveal a bulky mass in the pitch night of the cavern. Now and again there is a dull glint off of hard scales; an irritable snapping jaw as one of the beast's many heads wakes another. Aegean soldiers, quiet save for the light creak of leather and the whisper of sandals on sand, steal into the lair, weapons drawn, shields ready, eyes searching the darkest corners for movement.

A soft breeze and the Aegeans are betrayed. Like lightning unleashed from the wrathful Lord of Olympus himself, reptilian heads erupt from the dark, quick, deadly, bringing death to the unlucky and the unwary.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

'Dragon Slayer'

Today's sketch is titled, 'Dragon Slayer.' I started this a couple days ago, not sure where I wanted it to head, but it took its own course and has supplied me with a cool idea for a painting at some future date. Also, this drawing will be up for sale for one week only on my Etsy site. Buy it and get a 4x6 print of your choice for free!

'Watch Your Back'

This is another one of my quick work drawings. I got a chance to flesh it out more at the end of the day. Just a quick thing to satisfy my need to draw. I'll have something more substantial this evening. But, for now, enjoy!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


After a few days of debilitating back pain and a stomach flu, I'm back to posting. Giants are fun to draw. They can be misshapen, beautiful, fat, skinny, strong. Of particular interest to me are the Norse giants. I like drawing the deformed heads and gap-toothed maws, the bits and pieces that a giant might carry with him, pouches, skulls, cow and sheep bodies (maybe even horse and deer). It's a lot of fun. Not to mention the scale differences that can make putting a giant in context very amusing and awesome.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

'Ladye and the Dragon'

Tonight's sketch is 'Ladye and the Dragon.' It's an homage to Larry Elmore and Keith Parkinson, as well as the other AD&D artists I grew up with.

Monday, June 9, 2014

'Elric of Melnibone'

Keeping with the theme from the past few days, this post deals with the process work for my paintings. I am including here the final sketch for 'Elric,' as well as the pieces of reference I will be using. My next steps will be to make the final drawing,  create a value rendering of this piece on a smaller scale, and then paint it on a prepared surface. I am very excited about this painting and look forward to taking this to its conclusion. I hope you all enjoy this peek into the world of making illustrations!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

'Tavern Brawl'

Like the 'Harpy Attack,' this is a post about the process for the 'Tavern Brawl.' Unlike the last painting, I am only showing photos I took to get the lighting I wanted. Once I made thumbnails and figured out what composition I wanted, I took my reference, made the final drawing, then scanned it and painted over it in the computer.

Final Colour Study

Tavern Model (cardboard, tape, kneaded eraser, q-tip)

Wolf Head (kneaded eraser)


Saturday, June 7, 2014

'The Ladye of the Lake'

Here's a sketch from today, 'The Ladye of the Lake.' My friend, David Hoffrichter, and the inspirational N.C. Wyeth have been the impetus for this drawing. So, enjoy. I would love to paint this, so you may be seeing this very soon as a small painting between the larger works.

Friday, June 6, 2014

'Harpy Attack' Process Work

I had to do the six paintings for a recent commission very quickly. Each one was developed from thumbnails (like the images you see here) and studies, reference material (made and shot by myself and my lovely wife), and the time to paint them. Represented here is a gathering of some of the images that went into creating the final painting (also supplied here). Enjoy!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

'Elric of Melnibone'

It's getting down to it. Pretty soon I'll be starting my Elric painting. So, to prepare for this venture, I'm sharing another sketch of Elric I made when trying to figure out which composition to use. Here we se the Melnibonean Emperor upon his throne.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

'Bard, the Hare'

This is the character sheet for my character, Bard, the Hare. I love playing Dungeons and Dragons, especially 2nd Edition AD&D. Bard was a half-elf turned into a hare by a mad sorcerer. It was Bard's wish to rid himself of the curse and return to his home. I've supplied the black and white and colour sheets. Enjoy!

Monday, June 2, 2014


So, here's a dragon sketch I made today. Haven't been able to draw as often as I would like lately. I saw a favourite regular at the art store the other day. I was feeling pretty down because I wasn't able to draw at all that day and the overall effect of not doing art much during previous days just compounded the depression. I apologized to him and said I just wanted to draw. His response, "Wasn't it Picasso who said, 'Just draw?'" So, that was that. And here's a dragon.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

'An Evil Skeleton Riding A Bat And Wielding A Frickin' Flaming Mace!'

So, this pretty much speaks for itself... It's an older sketch I coloured over in Photoshop about a year ago. I love it so much and I'm on this D&D kick, so I thought I would just continue to ride this wave :) So, on that note, 'Game on!'