Above is a recently completed illustration for an as-of-yet unannounced publication. Like most of my illustrations, it contains references and call-outs to things in my own life as well as inside jokes that are probably only funny or interesting to me. The work is supposed to appear in black and white…
… but was drawn with pen, pencil, black and colored ink as well as white gouache. One of the things I am experimenting with is to try to preserve as much of the original drawing as possible. In the past, I would draw something in pencil or non-repro blue, then ink over the pencil drawing, then erase the pencil or deselect the non-repro blue in the scan in order to “clean up” the image (i.e.: get rid of the original drawing). Traditionally, this is what most illustrators have done. But I have often found that the drawing under the finished inks are frequently as interesting as the finished piece… so now I am experimenting with a new process where I do a lot less erasing or hiding of the original marks…
By comparing this original scan of the pencil to the finished piece, you can see that the final ink (above) has a lot in common with the original pencil but has additional layers of tone and darker darks. I’ve done a little bit or erasing on the final, but, as you can see, the underlying pencil imparts a lot of shadow and texture and shape to the final — the drawing tells the story of its own creation.
I recently uploaded a video to YouTube where I flip through a sketchbook and talk off the top of my head in my nasal sounding voice about what is in the sketchbook and whatever else rattles through the rotted corridors I call my mind. Age restricted because I draw some nasty things and I haven’t got the sense to discipline my vocabulary. F-bomb appear.
ink drawing 2023
The alchemists laboratory 2023. Ink, white pencil and gouache on toned paper. 14×22.
I haven’t been updating anything online in weeks – everything is OK, I just got out of the habit. So here is a blog post.
The above painting is for “Dweller Between the Worlds” for Goodman Games. It was published a year or two ago. I don’t remember what the deal was but the big wormy green guy is doubtlessly up to no good.
(sorry this is cut and pasted from elsewhere but I wrote it and wanted to make sure the rest of you saw it)
Illustrators — please beware of someone calling themselves “Donald Livingston” (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will want to hire you for some sort of illustration project and will insist on sending you a check ASAP. “Donald” has also used other names and email addresses and is targeting artists and illustrators.
The whole thing started out normally enough – I got a query email from a stranger asking if I was available to do some illustration work. The illustrations were not exactly what I am known for (young kids performing pandemic related social distancing, vaccination, etc.), but I’ve gotten weird requests before and the offer was generous so I replied that I was willing and able. After exchanging a few emails about due dates and sending him a copy of my contract, Mr. Livingston told me he would send me a deposit. He did not send back the signed contract but I did not notice this at the time.
In my case, the check arrived on a Friday via priority mail and was for twice the agreed upon “half up front” amount. Mr Livingston urged me to deposit the check immediately, and, after I had done so, he texted to say that because of unavoidable circumstances, etc., etc., the project has been partially cancelled and I needed to send back half the money. He urged me to use a cash app I had never heard of called “Zelle” to wire the money back right away, etc., etc. and said he needs the money RIGHT NOW. I’m guessing his urgency is based on the fact that the “cashiers” check he sent me won’t clear deposit once the bank opens again on Monday. In his first email, he claimed to be hearing impaired (I guess to plant in my mind the idea that I shouldn’t be expecting an actual voice call with Mr. Livingston). I didn’t fall for it but feel a little foolish at having wasted as much time on these shenanigans. Please don’t waste your time with this scam.
I’ve reported this to the USPS and the FBI – I doubt they will be able to do anything about it – but want to do what I can to protect others.
Recently completed drawing for an as-of-yet un-announced project (I just really wanted to draw this so I sort of jumped the gun — if it doesn’t make the publisher’s cut I’ll just keep it for my personal collection). Experimenting further with combining tone (mostly from graphite and diluted ink + white ink) and line work/hatching. Haven’t posted anything on this web site in a while so I wanted to let the internet know I was still alive.
A drawing for a project that hasn’t been released yet. Not a literal depiction of the scene from the story it is supposed to illustrate but all the important things are there.
It has been a while since I bothered to update this page so here are a few works from the recent past to entertain you:
This is a color image for Goodman Game’s “Crypt of the Devil Lich” adventure. Vampires and conquistadores.
This was drawn for the Goodman “Sailors on the Starless Sea” reprint but was ultimately rejected by the powers that be because it didn’t show enough of the castle. I still thought it was a successful drawing.
I do a lot of borders and margin illustrations – I don’t remember what project I created this border for but I think it was cool looking.
At some point Goodman needed some stickers with demons on them – I don’t remember for what – so I sent in my take on Dave Sutherland’s succubus from the AD&D Monster Manual. The woman is Sheila Mullen from Playboy, May 1977.
Another recent drawing – this is a group of player characters encountering a frog-man and his pet catoblepas in a swamp. I’m predicting that only the guy in the lower right hand corner is likely to survive the encounter.