Saturday, August 29, 2015

Hearthstone: Sparring Partner

Here's the second painting I did for Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament. There are obvious similarities to the first. The basic setting is the same and the color scheme of the armor is similar so consequently, the color scheme of the whole is similar too. Consider them variations on a theme...

The character's hair and mustache were a similar brown to his wooden sparring sword during most of the picture's development but were changed to black at the end. Capturing his friendly "come and get it" expression and hand gesture was a fun challenge! 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hearthstone: Recruiter

My apologies for being so quiet. I've been doing a lot of work under non-disclosure agreements so I haven't had much available to actually post online. Thankfully, the latest Hearthstone card set, titled The Grand Tournament, has been released and I painted a few cards images for it. The first painting, Recruiter, is shown above. I'll post the second tomorrow.

This was drawn and painted entirely in Photoshop. I started in black and white and worked my way up to color, using a variety of digital brushes.

Thanks for looking!


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Princes of the Apocalypse Part 2

Here's another illustration created for the Dungeons & Dragons adventure, Princes of Apocalypse, published by Sasquatch games and Wizards of the Coast. This one involves a halfling discovering a large contraption in (you guessed it), a dungeon.

I got very wrapped up in the lighting on this one, for what I hope are obvious reasons.I really enjoy working on pictures with a single, very localized light source.

Monday, May 25, 2015

3 Keys and a Sword


Some assignments involve as much design as illustration. Here are a few examples: 3 keys designed for Paizo Publishing's Emerald Spire campaign cards and a sword I designed for use in Dungeon #200, published by Wizards of the Coast. I really enjoy this sort of work. Figurative pictures tend to focus a great deal on character and pose and anything with a background involves light, atmosphere, etc. but images like these are all about the objects, the silhouettes, the ornamentation. It's fun to visualize a single item that doesn't actually exist and design it in detail.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SolForge Drawings

One of the trickier things about being an illustrator is switching gears between projects that require a different mentality or style. I had to do this quite a bit last year. Fortunately, that switch can be fun too!

I worked on some cards for the online card game SolForge (published by Stone Blade Entertainment) last year but the approach was very different from my usual method. I was asked to do clean line drawings that would then be colored. As a lifelong comic book reader and someone who's done a bit of work in comics as well, I'm very familiar with this sort of approach and the idea of passing a line drawing along to someone else to finish in color appealed to me. I was interested in seeing how someone else would interpret the underlying work.

I was under the impression the coloring would be done "comic book style", along the lines of this Kaiju artwork I did for Stone Blade, but it ended up being much more opaque and painted. It's very different from what I expected or what I would have done myself but that was inevitable, especially because I had no contact with the artists who colored the work.

Another aspect of these cards is that each one involved a sequence of 3 images. I haven't had a chance to play the game but as I understand it, this has to do with the game mechanics. Each image involves an increase in power of some kind so characters or creatures grow larger, spells manifest, energy is released, etc.

I'm sharing two examples of cards I drew, along with images of the final cards, colored by some unknown souls out there. The first set of images is titled Tuskin Sporelord and involves a character bringing large mushrooms to life. The second depicts a titan.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

On the Shoulder of a Giant part 7

It's been fun to share some of my work from On the Shoulder of a Giant this week. I started the week by showing the book's front cover so I thought I'd finish it by posting the back cover, which depicts the giant, Inukpak, catching a whale. I'm attaching the sketch for the illustration and I'm also posting a few spot illustrations that were done for the book. It's a big finale!

Many thanks to those of you followed these posts posts all week. I appreciate your time and interest. If you're intrigued by the book, please order a copy and help spread the word about it! It's available on and at Barnes and Noble. You can post about it on Goodreads too.

You can find the Inuit-owned publisher, Inhabit Media on the web at They publish some terrific books about Inuit culture and mythology.