Monday, April 7, 2014

Something Under the Sea is Drooling


This ebook is a fun little homage to Calvin & Hobbes.
Out now on Amazon

Concepts and a process gif here
 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Original Art Sale


Tax season hit me harder than expected this year, and now I'm scrambling to get extra funds before the 15th to pay off what I owe.
So I've reduced prices by half or lower for everything in my Etsy store from now till April 15th.
If you've ever wanted an original piece from me, now would be the ideal (and most helpful) time to buy.

And if you email me any character you like, I'll throw in a quick 3x5 sketch of them with any order.

Thanks!!

! Art HERE !

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Harmonica's Bridegroom


I really like how this one turned out.
Out now on Amazon
Concepts here

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sleep Paralysis: What It Is and How To Stop It



I make a lot of book covers as I'm sure you've seen, but few are as meaningful to me as this one. I was thrilled to be able to work on it with Chris White, as its a fantastic and coherent explanation of Sleep Paralysis that answers the questions on what it is and provides a solution that actually works, even though Science teaches there is no solution.

If you experience any form of sleep paralysis and are like me having read all the explanations on whats going on and why it happens etc. but felt like the answers are mixed, contradictory, unhelpful or don’t even apply to you, then you should read this book. It details the only answer that works.

Its out now on Amazon

And there’s a free audiobook version online here

This video is the short version of ‘how to stop it’ as well

Concepts here

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Merrick: The Sensational Elephant Man

Drew this pin up for the Merrick: The Sensational Elephant Man comic.
They are running a Kickstarter right now to raise funds for future issues of the comic, which as an added bonus to generate interest they've provided issue #1 for free to give people a taste of the world.

Original art for sale here

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Poster I was commissioned to make for a high school play

Monday, February 17, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Joker

 
And so we end the week with The Joker.
 
I love how he doesn't really have a name to go along with his origin story, he was just always known as The Joker. I went the literally insane route with him, picturing him escaped from Arkham Asylum but actually embracing his insanity and wearing it like a badge with his slung-over-the-shoulders-straight-jacket-I'm-a-handsome-fellow look. He wants to look dapper and there is a purposeful nod to Buster Keaton here if you can see it. 
 
Personally I've never been a fan of him having clown make-up on (though I do like his bleached-by-chemicals skin color) so I wanted to avoid what we normally see, yet still have the signature red 'lips' look. So I thought, instead of an exaggerated smile or weird scars or whatever, lets just get rid of his lips entirely (boy, he'd have some fun enunciating) resulting in a perpetually ghoulish grin. I'd love to see cosplay of him if it were possible to recreate his face like I've done here.

You can see concept work here
And the original inkwash is for sale here



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Mr. Freeze


Freeze was the first idea I had for this whole thing and he may or may not be my favorite because of it. Since I thought about him so longer before I started drawing I ended up fleshing him out more in my head than any of the other characters. Even figuring out what he looks like under this armor (which you can see a bit of in the concepts) though I knew that wouldn't be shown in the final piece. 

In my version his accident obviously caused a lot more damage than just lowering his body temperature to where he always needs to be in a cryogenic suit. He's almost more machine than human now with a fading mind and cold heart (literally?). But by wearing his old overcoat and Nora's scarf it makes him feel attached to his former life and not be lost completely.

You can see concept work here
And the original inkwash is for sale here

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Poison Ivy


Ivy was one of the original ideas I had for a redesign. I spent some time reading each characters bio and did my best avoiding the normal interpretations of the villains so that I could (hopefully) come at it as fresh as possible. With the way Ivy goes about killing her victims, often by a kiss, made it hard to avoid the seductress route. But instead of the normal one piece bathing suit or "strategically placed leaves" for her outfit I thought what if I tried to make her (slightly) higher class looking but still seductive.

I love high fashion runway clothing, where they sport really crazy clothes that no one would actually wear on the street, but we all can admire as a form of art. And with that in mind the fly trap just seemed like a great idea visually and symbolically. Pair that with her not being fully human anymore but mixed genetically with plants in a alluringly grotesque way, and—voilĂ . My Poison Ivy.

You can see concept work here
And the original inkwash is for sale here

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Two-Face


I almost didn't draw Two-face because I didn't think I could make something different than how he is always represented. But then I had the idea of what if I didn't stick with the story of him being disfigured with acid, but say, the chemical splashed on him had a reaction similar to how elephantitis looks/works, and so here we are.

The leg braces I just couldn't shake from my head, I like that he has to use them and that he went ahead and had them made of gold. I assume the weight of his right arm/face now is so heavy his legs can't support him properly.. OR perhaps his legs shriveled a bit with the chemical reaction. Who knows! You figure it out.

You can see concept work here
And the original inkwash is for sale here

Monday, February 10, 2014

Scarecrow


All this week I'll be posting some redesigned Batman Villains.
Check back each day this week to see a new one.

Scarecrow has always been a favorite of mine. His design started with the plague mask idea, to protect him from his fear toxin (even though he's apparently immune to it) but also to up his creepy factor. At least I think those masks are creepy looking... And then I built out from there, I kept a few of the traditional things we always see on Scarecrow but tried to reinterpret them a new way.

You can see concept work here
And the original inkwash is for sale here

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

4 Years Later


Its been for years now without Cinnamon. 
I always enjoy making a new piece of art each year to commemorate her.

My daughter is almost two now and I really wish they could have met..

Monday, January 27, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Historia Arcanist


New character commission for someones Pathfinder game.
Some concept sketches here


Monday, January 13, 2014

A Beastly Business


This is one I really enjoyed working on, the story just sounds crazy.
For Valancourt Books

Out now on Amazon
Concepts here

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Arrgh! Promo


Promo image for Stacey R Campbell's new book that I’m working on right now.
I’m doing both the cover and interior illustrations for which is all pretty cool. 
Its about pirates which are always fun to draw.

 Concept work for this here

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Carnacki The New Adventures


Cover I made for the collection of new Carnacki stories, out now on Amazon.

If you've followed me for a bit and have snooped around my site you know that Carnacki is an important character to me and I have my own little something-something in the works for him. So I was honored when Sam Gafford of the William Hope Hodgson blog reached out to me for commissioning this cover.

If your a fan of Carnacki or Hodgson you should pick this up, great way to carry on the legacy of a great character that is just over 100 years old.

Friday, December 27, 2013

My Sis and My Daughter


A gift I drew for my Sister of her and my Daughter.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Krampus


Since I didn't have time to make my annual Santa/Krampus card this year I figured I should at least draw Krampus as part of this set.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holly Elf


Day 2 of Christmas characters, an elf with little wooden shoes.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Abominable Snowman


This week I'll be posting some Christmas/Winter themed characters, starting with this Yeti guy.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas / Krampus Cards for sale



Due to popular request I’ve made my yearly christmas/krampus cards for sale here

Enjoy!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Vet Card 2013



This is the fifth year of doing a Christmas card for this veterinary clinic.
Its always fun drawing out all their animals.

And yeah these are all their hospital animals, I imagine the halls are just filled with the dogs and cats running around. Perhaps some of them are even doctors? That one dog over there looks like he knows his way around a stethoscope...

Past years



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Raker


New one for Valancourt Books. Out now on Amazon
Concepts here

Thursday, November 21, 2013

First Journey


 The second in a series that I've worked on, though this is actually the first book in the series. After I had designed Book 2's cover the author asked me to update Book 1 to match. You can see the other here.

Out now on Amazon

Concepts here


Monday, November 18, 2013

Daniel


This is a great commentary on the book of Daniel that I got to make a cover for. Really enjoyed making up the fourth beast for this one, trying to deviate from the traditional art you see out there. 

Out now on Amazon

Concepts here

Monday, November 11, 2013

Friends


I drew this as a birthday present for my wife about a month ago. 
Its my daughter, her favorite stuffed animal and our cat. All best friends.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Spirit Gargoyle


This guy was a nice challenge from the normal looking characters.
I've always liked the look of foo dogs but never attempted to draw something like them. 

Concepts here

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Kester Athlete

 Today and tomorrow I'll be posting new fantasy character commissions. 
Nice to revisit this style again, and its really fun doing this type of character design. I'd love to do it for a video game or something someday.

This guy is an OC for a fantasy sports team in a campaign book, fun coming up with his uniform!
You can see concepts for him here.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Ratman's Notebooks


This ones pretty simple, but I like it. 
Out now on Amazon

Friday, November 1, 2013

Frankenstein

 Get it?? Yeah okay maybe thats a bad joke.
Thats the last of these monster guys for now, I have a bunch more I've thought of to make but I've got other stuff on my list I wanna get done first, hopefully you've enjoyed these 5.

And I hope everyone had a safe and happy halloweeny week.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wolf, Man

Heeeeey! Its Arthur Furzarelli.
Happy Halloween everyone, hope your enjoying these goofy monsters.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vampyre

Day three of Halloweeny monsters.
This guys got the hot touch.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hack O' Lantern


Day two of goofy Halloween monsters. 
Hes a nice guy really, only uses his knives to carve other pumpkins.