Tag: Character Design

Final artwork for fantasy book cover illustration christopher daring 1 spirits of the dead

Christopher Daring Cover 1 – Fantasy Book Illustration Insights

Christopher Daring Cover 1 Creating the illustration of Christopher Daring Cover 1: Spirits of the Dead for author Stephen Willis was a great experience. And with the book and new designs now available Spirits of the Dead: A Supernatural Adventure (The Christopher Daring Adventures Book 1), it’s the perfect time to share some insights into Read More

Utilize the Creative Potential of Side-Step Work

As creative individuals we find ourselves wanting to work in one or a few different directions. But, quite often, we end up working on a wide range of projects that may have little or nothing to do with our personal goals. When I first began my freelance illustration career I heard many people talk about Read More

Book cover of Two young adventurers come acroos two large ogres as they come to a break in the forest filled with wolves.

Treating Clients Well and the Value of Building Relationships

As creatives we come across quite a few different personalities through our work. Whether you are a freelance designer or work in a studio, we all meet with people regularly in one way or another. But even though our communications are centered around business we are all still dealing with people. Some projects are individual Read More

Fantasy Entertainment Illustration of a griffon flying backwards as it displays its claws, while a rose and its petals float around.

Being Motivated by Your Past

Many of us have dreams, inspirations and loves in our current lives that have built off all the we experienced. These resources often give us enough to come up with new ideas and push us into new imaginative directions. But what about the loves of your childhood past. Perhaps it was dragons and knights, maybe Read More

A few more for the Vault

Ahh yes progress is nice, but it is so sad to see some old friends go. All the hours spent were not wasted though. Art is a fluid process much like a river and through time the pieces of our past go downstream paving the way for the stream to build and grow. May all Read More

Fantasy Character concept illustration of an undead warrior holding a giant axe and casting demon magic for video games

Scar the Uzgoth Leader First Released Concept for DownsideUp Games

Finally I have the opportunity to share with you one of the character concepts for a tactical strategy game being developed for Downsideup games. I had such a blast creating so much work for Oliver and his team. I got the opportunity to not only create a  boat load of characters, creatures and mechs but Read More

Fantasy Entertainment illustration of a deer like forest god, casting green magic.

Forest Shaman

After months of non-stop work I finally got the chance to go out and solo camp in the middle of the woods. Something about being out in nature really clears your head and helps one to remember the wealth of opportunity in the world around us. With that experience I was inspired to create the Read More

Fantasy sci-fi Entertainment illustration of a desert battle between a jumping attack and a four armed martian.

Reference from the Masters and Desert Strike

  As artists we often think of our developing technique, style, approach and flow. But we must also consider our maturing ability to find reference. As you start to get a feel for colors, values, compositions and all aspects that make up art you have to search out and find people and art that will Read More

Who is the real Beast?

  Today marks another day in the evolution of life as an artist. As we develop we take a lot of the ideas and concepts of the past and totally smash them to pieces. But it is important not to throw those pieces away. Whether it is an old technique, idea or feeling we have Read More

Free Stuff, Reign of the Gods, and a New Store!

A whole lot of new stuff is finally here!!! First of all I am finally introducing my development for REIGN OF THE GODS strategy board game to the world. The game, in short summary, is a “Hero” based combat game where you summon creatures, cast spells and collect environmental bonuses as you conquer the land Read More

The Dragons Egg and Proper Planning

Proper planning is the key to a successful piece. All the research, reference, reading, studying and practice has a purpose greater than simply getting better. Planning makes the work so much more fluid, it takes all the struggles and challenges and enables you to handle them in your own time. When you spend the time Read More

Another Step Forward and Robert Beverly Hale

In creative work more than any other field it seems that importance of growing must always be at the forefront. As I start each piece, work through their individual challenges and complete the finals I must always be pushing my limits and developing my skills. It almost seems like each stroke of the pencil or Read More

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