Archive for the ‘tools’ Category

new TRACKER interviews

October 28th, 2009


Howdy visitors to my site! I was recently interviewed by the comics news sites Comic Book Resources and Newsarama regarding my involvement in Top Cow/Heroes and Villains TRACKER.

character design, comic books, concept art, publications, tools, Top Cow

EXTREME WORLDS:the complete guide to drawing and painting sci-fi art

October 9th, 2009

My new book on creating science fiction art is now available at! Click on the image to go to the page at amazon’s site.


character design, concept art, environment design, publications, sketches, sketchup, space opera, tools, vehicle design

advance copy of Extreme Worlds

September 3rd, 2009

I received an advance copy of my forthcoming book “Extreme Worlds: The Complete Guide to Drawing and Painting Sci-Fi Art” from the publisher today. The graphic design and layout are terrific, I am really pleased with the work the editors and designers did on this.

The book should be out in October here in the US and a month or so after in the UK (and the rest of the world? Not sure how all that stuff works…).


character design, comic books, concept art, environment design, publications, sketches, sketchup, space opera, tools, vehicle design

my next book: Extreme Worlds

July 4th, 2009

Hey peeps

I sent in the final revisions to my next art how-to book a while ago, and the publisher recently sent me a shot of the front and back cover art. This one will be a little more demo-oriented than the previous book on fantasy characters. The book will be out in late October/early November and is available for pre-order at most online book sellers. Hope you enjoy it!

Click on the image to see a larger version.


character design, concept art, environment design, publications, sketches, sketchup, space opera, tools, vehicle design


March 22nd, 2009

Another quick Alchemy+Photoshop doodle. I’m tagging this in the “procrastination” category because I REALLY need to be wrapping up the text for the sci fi art book pretty soon. Although I suppose I could use this piece in the book…


concept art, procrastination, sketches, tools

my art book

August 17th, 2008

hi everybody –

My book “100 Ways to Create Fantasy Figures” will be out in stores around end of October/beginning of November, and is available for pre-order at your favorite online booksellers. The basic approach for this book was to look at 100 different concepts/skills/things-to-think-about/etc. that you might run into as you’re designing and illustrating fantasy-based characters. The book grew out of some of the articles I had written for ImagineFX magazine, and in fact the publisher approached me after seeing some of them.

Anyway, a lot of the illustrations come from work done for Wizards of the Coast and a couple of other clients, and are used to illustrate the various points in the book. This isn’t a real hardcore art fundamentals book, as I kinda learned what I know by flailing along as best I could. What it does represent are some of the things I learned along the way, and the main issues and problems/solutions that I seemed to encounter most often as I worked.

If you’re at all interested in doing fantasy type illustration work, it might be a good resource to see the sort of things you’ll want to think about when putting together a portfolio. Or, you could also just point and laugh.

Here’s some photos of an advance copy that the publisher d00ds sent me. Please pardon the crapness of the photo quality.

character design, concept art, Dungeons and Dragons, publications, sketches, tools, Wizards of the Coast

take 2

September 17th, 2007

Here’s the rest of the page, with a second pass at the ink and marker action. Hero looks a little more like George Michael than I had intended. Hey why can’t I change the font anymore? That’s weird.

comic books, tools


September 14th, 2007

Trying something out – I did the intial rough/layout art in Photoshop, then printed it out very light on to a piece of comic book board. Then I went over it with pens and markers and white gel pen, then scanned the board back into Photoshop. In Photoshop I overlaid some grunge and stone textures. A few extra steps but there’s some nice analog noise action that gets added in. Lemme know what you all think…

comic books, tools

September 7th, 2007

One of my favorite online retailers is – they carry a lot of art/illustration oriented drawing supplies, including the pencils shown below that I use a lot. I just received the green gel mechanical pencil, with its very squishy and comfortable grip. The other two pencils on the right I just bought for their sheer gadgeto-fetishistic design quality. The larger one is actually weighted a little funny for drawing (at least for me, but then again I’m kind of a princess), but the smaller one on the far left is pretty comfy.

Anyway, very highly recommended.