Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Legacy#21-Cover Process

Blue pencil on bond 8 1/2 x 12 inches
The thumbnail for this cover was approved with one change, that I move General Stazi's hand away from his mouth. So I did, and the change proved to be significant to the way the cover and Stazi would be read.
Graphite on Bristol board 8 1/2 x 12 inches
When I finished the pencils and sent them in, my editor, Randy Stradley informed me that the drawing really didn't look like Stazi. I followed the original design of the alien species known as the Duro and forgot that, just like humans, they could come in all shapes and sizes. This project was a reminder to me to keep loose, and that sticking too close to the standard designs of any license could result in change requests.
Graphite on bristol board 5 x 7 1/2 inches
Here is the head remodeled after artist Colin Wilson's design of Stazi in Legacy, which is what I should have done from the start. Oh well :) I pasted the new head on the body in Photoshop, and then it was ready to paint!
Photoshop 8 1/2 x 12 inches
The cover was painted and finished in Photoshop.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Louvre

The Louvre

Marie Leszcynska as Junon by Guillaume Coustou: Sketchbook, Blue Pencil

This last June, I traveled to Paris to study. I began at the Louvre then the Musee d'Orsay. I absolutely love Paris, the people, the city, the galleries. This is a sketch I did at the Louvre. . I saw my first Bouguereau at the Orsay, unbelievable! I really need to spend about one life time there!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Graphite and pencil crayon on Grey illustration paper APPROX. 3 X 4 inches
Dan Benger collection

I've been wanting to draw Conan for some time. I had a brief 2 issue run at Marvel Comics, not nearly enough time if you ask me, so, every now and then, I'll do a sketch. Here is one of my early sketches of the black maned, blue eyed Barbarian from Hyboria.

Monday, August 11, 2008


Graphite on Bond paper 2.1 x 3.1 inches
Private collectionGraphite on Bond 11 x 17 inches
Private collection
Graphite,pencil crayon,chalk on mat board 11 x 17 inches
Private collection
Acrylic on watercolor paper 6.5 x 9.5 inches
Private collection
This is the very first traditional painting I've done in 15 years. I was so excited to finally attempt a traditional painting. It felt great to "brush" the cobwebs away and pick up my palette. I can't wait to do more! The tone drawing and color guide took awhile to do and proved invaluable to the outcome of the finished painting.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Graphite on Bristol Board 8.5 x 11 inches

Jennir, a Jedi on the run, gets a little more than he bargained for down an exotic back alley in a galaxy far far away. They ought to make a law- all dogs are to be kept on a leash!