These are samples of illustrations I did, mostly on freelance basis. Some were for publications, some were personal projects, some were for role playing games, while some were I do not know for what, but they all were fun to do.
These are the original Dragon anatomy tables as stolen all over the Internet.It was 1997, and I painted them for Jennifer Walker, who then ran draconian.com - the biggest and most authoritative dragon-themed site on the Internet. (The latter had been admittedly smaller then.)
At first they had been popping up on other web sites, without any credit or links back to me or Jen. Soon there were too many to argue with. Then they began popping up in print.To date, I had been shown these tables used in image collections, book covers (usually altered or plagiarized), magazine illustrations (the worst offender was Italian "Macchina del Tiempo" which printed a whole spread illustration composited out of all three), and as a crowning achievement, a movie. No credit was ever given.
The movie in which these make an appearance is "Dragon Fighter", and they can clearly be seen pinned to a wall in the mad scientist’s lair. No alteration; presumably the mad scientist downloaded them from the Internet like everyone else.In all cases the people who did this had claimed they didn’t know these were mine, and usually blamed someone else, like a graphic designer. I can understand that many people treat the Internet as a massive clip-art dump, but it takes just one Google search for my name to find me, and it is written clearly on each table. It wouldn’t kill them to give me a line of credit or ask nicely. Nope, no one did. They just removed the copyright message from the images and used them.
I’d certainly expect more class than that from a publisher or a cinema studio.Anyway, here is my inadvertent contribution to the memetic clutter of the humanity.
If you want to use those, you’ll have to ask Jen Walker (dragoncharm at draconian.com) or myself. Usually the permission is granted.
ACEO (collectible cards)
The ATC / ACEO is a collectible card of standard 2.5 by 3.5 inches size, featuring custom art. Purists insists that ATCs are strictly for trading, while ACEOs can be sold, but they are essentially the same thing otherwise.Here are some that I made. I use this format as random imaginative practice.
These are mostly exploratory sketches, practice sketches that were worth keeping, or just outright doodles. I do not keep a sketchbook unless I am traveling, preferring loose paper, but I still produce these in great quantities.[Note: this gallery is not complete. I am still adding the main bulk of the pictures.]
Focco - the Procyonians
Focco are a race of aliens I have invented long ago and had been polishing for years. Perhaps I was tired of all the xenophobia that Hollywood promotes, but in any case I attempted to develop a scenario in which humans would be able to coexist with an alien civilisation to mutual benefit.This race was the result.
Focco originate from vicinity of the nearby star Procyon. They are humanoids but not hominids; they are small (5 feet average), and have predatory origins. They created an advanced but slowly developing civilisation that was comparable to ours at the point of their first contact with Earth. The part of the focco-dom that interacts with the humanity is a conglomeration of clanlike societies known as the Houses, that had consumed most of the diverse pre-existing societies on their homeworld’s two continents some 8,000 years before contact. The culture is extremely personocentric, and balanced, although not introverted. Focco and humans can communicate well, and after contact had developed extensive relations, including cooperative colonisation of other worlds. Many focco lived on Earth, and quite a few humans settled on their homeworld.There are mostly “unfinished” pencil sketches here. The reason is, for one, my unwillingness to destroy the natural appeal of them by further refining. The other reason is that the most finished illustrations featuring these people are in the Illustrations gallery. This is the sample of how I work on this project, not its end result.
[Note: this gallery is not complete. I am still adding the main bulk of the pictures.]
Ratz and Rodentz
Last year I took up sketching rats and other assorted rodents, in various silly situations. I was originally inspired by Ratatouille design of rats, but now I just do it for fun.