Friday, November 21, 2014


Book cover for:

Daughter of Sand and Stone
by Libbie Hawker

Zenobia was a 3rd-century Queen of the Palmyrene Empire in Syria, who led a famous revolt against the Roman Empire. She expanded the empire, conquering Egypt and expelling the Roman prefect, Tenagino Probus, who was beheaded after he led an attempt to recapture the territory. She ruled over Egypt until 274, when she was defeated and taken as a hostage to Rome by Emperor Aurelian. It is said that she was paraded through the streets of Rome, bound by chains of gold.

Zenobia on Wikipedia

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Couple of Portraits

These are two portraits inspired by the drawings of John Singer Sargent.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Old Brigand

This is an indirect study of this awesome portrait by Ilya Repin:

I think master "copies" are a great way to learn, but it's easy to fall asleep while copying stroke per stroke.  So here I'm trying to mix it up a bit.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Rough concepts of fantasy lizard creatures that live in salt water lagoons.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


The first of a series of personal characters.

Just as an exercise, here were some my goals with this character design:
◘To create a costume that appeared both functional and somewhat memorable. It's really easy to over-design fantasy costumes, to the point where they're no longer practical. I aim for something an actor could wear in a realistic setting.
◘Use soft lighting. Slightly cool primary in the foreground, with a warm secondary kick light.
◘Stay loose with the brushwork wherever possible.

Scale cloak inspired by this knit scarf:

Monday, September 22, 2014


Just going against the flow.