Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Here's another creature I painted for the Pathfinder Pawns: Bestiary 3 Box. It's essentially a heron made of brass. I love drawing and painting animals so naturally, I had a good time with this one!

Sunday, February 23, 2014


This odd creature, a huge beetle with a human-like face, was created for Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder Pawns: Bestiary 3 Box and like the squonk I recently posted, it was really fun to design. I relish opportunities to design creatures that aren't big, menacing, "bad ass" monsters, equipped with massive teeth and claws. That stuff is fun too but quirky, strange, more atypical creatures like this are far more interesting to me. In addition to being a beetle with a human face, it was described as placid, "kind of an underground Buddhist beetle".  I'd like to think I managed to capture that tone.

Saturday, February 1, 2014


My first exposure to the word squonk and the creature associated with it came when I borrowed the Genesis album, A Trick of the Tail way back in high school! There's a song on that album named "Squonk" (it's a good tune, look it up) and it's based on the mythical creature of the same name.

The mythical squonk is said to dwell in Pennsylvania, of all places. It's a creature with ill-fitting skin, warts and blemishes. Ashamed of it's appearance, it spends much of it's time hiding and weeping and when threatened, it can dissolve into a pool of tears to evade capture!

This version of the creature was painted for Paizo Publishing's game Pathfinder (it appears in the Bestiary 4) and was described as a fat, hairless pig-like thing. I've included a preliminary sketch as well.

Now you know about squonks! I love the concept of this mythical creature so much that I'll have to re-visit the idea one day and design another take on it, just for kicks.

Squonk art  copyright © Paizo Publishing.