Illustration from the #Drawtober 2019 event, prompt 6 of 6. The folklore surrounding certain treasures can become so compelling that adventurers can’t resist trying their hands at snatching a bit of glory for themselves. Graphite on mixed media paper.
Illustration from the #Drawtober 2019 event, prompt 5 of 6, which evolved away from the “Pumpkin Glutton” prompt. Keys to hidden places and secret treasures spill out of bags strewn about her lair. Wise and perilous, the sphinx does not share her knowledge easily. Graphite on mixed media paper.
Illustration from the #Drawtober 2019 event, prompt 4 of 6. A candle, a bridle, and a sense of adventure are all that’s needed to inspire little ones to sneak out of bed. Graphite on mixed media paper.
Wolf’s Bane (The Littlest Werewolf Hunter)
Illustration from the #Drawtober 2019 event, prompt 3 of 6. The marsh folk in their deck cities are ever alert for roaming werewolf packs that prowl the steaming bogs. Of all the hunters employed in patrolling the marshes, one fearless youngster has become so renowned for her snares, traps, and use of poisons that no one uses her given name any longer; they simply call her Wolf’s Bane. Monsters check for her under their beds. Graphite on mixed media paper.
Illustration from the #Drawtober 2019 event, prompt 2 of 6. It takes a mind willing to question what it sees to spot when something is not quite right. Graphite on mixed media paper.
Illustration from the #Drawtober 2019 event, prompt 1 of 6. No living being remembered if the gardens had grown her, or if she had grown them. All that is now known is that she moves among them as a shepherd among a flock, coaxing secrets from their green hearts. Graphite on mixed media paper.
Wardens of the deep and protectors of the shore, Aquamarine dragons are gentle and benevolent until under threat. When defending themselves they are capable of elemental outbursts of wrath, wielding an array of hydromancy spells and powerful jet stream breath. Old mariners consider these dragons lords and ladies of the sea and controllers of the tides, carving their likenesses on ships to garner favor. Like all young of this species, this little bubbler stays in the relative safety of the reefs using elaborate fins as camouflage, cautiously exploring until it outgrows predators. Gem Dragonlings series. Digital Painting.
Stealthy and deliberate, the speckled Galaxite dragon employs an element of surprise. Crescent-shaped horns, curved spikes on the sides of the neck and down the back, along with a double set of tail fins give this species ample defense. But when the wings unfurl, a dizzying wall of starry spots provides a disorienting display that ensures the dragon has the upper hand. This baby, bemused by the night sky, spreads tiny wings to show off a little starfield of its own. Graphite on mixed media paper.
With wings folded tightly against its sides, bold Amethyst dragons slink fluidly through the mazes of the deep woods. Long, lithe bodies bejeweled with tiny, close-fitting scales, smoothly angled plates along the underside and limbs, and horns that sweep around the back of the head allow this species to move deftly and quietly. When it’s time to leave the trees for the sky, powerful hindquarters propel these dragons in a vertical climb and explosive leap to clear the canopy, and long-fingered wings ensure a rapid ascent in the slightest breeze. This youngster has found some sun filtering through to the lower boughs to bask in. Gem Dragonlings series. Digital Painting.
Some dragon species are born mischief makers. With a nimble mind and impish temperament, the Zoisite dragon enjoys outthinking and outmaneuvering foes and other nuisances. Patches and freckles spangle the hide and skin of the wings, while large curled horns and long dorsal spines guard the face and back. Ridged belly plates ensure the dragon is protected above and below from any who might retaliate against its sly and crafty nature. One can only guess what plan this young subject is hatching. Dragonlings Series. Graphite.
An air of relaxed confidence surrounds the Garnet dragon, giving the impression of languid grace. Don’t be fooled, this species possesses surprisingly explosive reflexes when they’re called for. Horns that sweep backward, a dagger-like chin spike, and diagonally overlapping plates down the underside make this dragon formidably defended. Frills on the side of the head may be folded flat against the neck or spread wide depending on the dragon’s mood. This fledgling has clambered up onto a precipice to practice cupping the breeze in its wings. Gem Dragonlings series. Digital Painting.
Despite their airy appearance, Unakite dragons are a driven and ambitious species. Horns that curl outward and upward, a webbed double crest along the neck, and fluttery wings might make this dragon seem delicate. However, a thick forest of enlarged scales armor the underbelly and forelimbs while the ruffled tail tip acts as a distractor for prey or would-be aggressors. This sprightly baby is determined to strengthen lungs that will one day harness its internal furnaces. Dragonlings series. Graphite.
Homage to the bounty hunter from The Clone Wars Series. Graphite on toned tan drawing paper.
The Wolf You Feed
Illustration for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Graphite.
Sylviling Beast-Gentler Youth
Ogaan the young Sylviling. Graphite.
In this end-of-the-year sketch for 2018, halfling Foxglove Frecklefoot and Wilsea the mountain dog adorn their festive snowman with treasures from their adventures. Graphite.
Razor-sharp intellect paired with an interest in the mysteries of the arcane makes the Lapis Lazuli dragon a powerful spellcaster and collector of magic items and curiosities. The varicolored scales, upswept horns, and finned crown above graceful eye markings lend this species an air of elegance. Streamlined fingerless wings and a flaring fin on the tip of the tail allow these dragons to navigate the skies with great maneuverability. This little one is sharpening its naturally superior dexterity by creating sand pyramids. Dragonlings Series. Graphite.
Patient and even-tempered, Diopside dragons are diplomats and keepers of the peace. Swept back horns, frills along the sides of the face, and a striped tail are earmarks of this species. The thick plates running down the chest and belly provide ample protection should the dragon’s soothing speechcraft fail. Here we have a youngster honing its composure. And if you should happen upon small, teetering piles of stones…well, now you know who did it. Dragonlings Series. Graphite.
Spunky and courageous, Sodalite dragons are energetic and spirited to a fault. The double row of wings, leaf tail, and horns that twist outward give this species a distinctive silhouette in flight. Bold markings on the face and limbs, along with a row of spurs on the forearms, declare these plucky creatures ready to fight if needs be. While adults are capable of releasing a storm from their jaws, little zappers content themselves with practicing spark-puffs. Dragonlings Series. Graphite.
2018 Birthday Sketch. Graphite.
A decorative crest, outward curving horns, and prominent scales along the flanks distinguish the Cinnabar dragon. Webbed spikes that trace down the spine work with the crest to give this species an ease of directional control while aloft, as well as making them appear larger and more threatening from the side. These members of the dragon family are keenly observant and have a born knack for reading body language and facial expressions. Here we see a baby discovering that a showy crest attracts all kinds of admirers. Dragonlings Series. Graphite.
Jovial, fun-loving, and possessing an agile sense of humor, Feldspar dragons are collectors of jokes and riddles. When the mood takes them, they have also been known to indulge in particularly clever pranks. Downward arcing horns, a whip-like tail tipped with spikes, and roughly textured skin make for easy identification of the culprit. This young individual could quite possibly be up to something. Dragonlings Series. Graphite.
Inquisitive and eager for knowledge, Heliotrope dragons wear curiosity like a second skin. In addition to flaring horns and spikes studding its face and back, stronger armor along the limbs acts as a shield in their quest to gain knowledge first-hand. This newly-hatched little one seems to have sprouted a strange thing on the end of its tail…Dragonlings Series. Graphite.
Fragile looks contradict the stalwart and sturdily armored Barite dragon. This breed is clothed in thickets of sharp crystals along the belly and back. A crown of crystalline plates and a tail bristling with with glassy shards protect the smooth hide along its dappled sides. Like most young dragons, this one is practicing breathing techniques that will power a formidable breath weapon one day. Dragonlings series. Graphite.
The intrepid nature of Aventurine dragons frequently sees them getting into all kinds of situations, from adventures to full-blown predicaments. Sturdy dorsal plating, belly armor from throat to prehensile tail tip, and outward curving horns help protect against any additional complications they go bounding into. Youngsters of this variety are the most frequent captives of high branches, before they master flight. Dragonlings series. Graphite.
Good natured, friendly, and full of playful energy, Rhyolite dragons can often be spotted sunning their freckled hides and twisting horns. They deliberately choose warm rocks low enough to engage passersby in light conversation…or perhaps a game of hide and seek. This baby seems to have discovered that toes make entertaining toys when there’s no company about. Dragonlings Series. Graphite.
A D&D white dragon cuddling with its prized possessions. Graphite.
Exclusive created for Mesa County Libraries 2018 Comic Con in Grand Junction, Colorado. Original halfling character Foxglove Frecklefoot and Wilsea the mountain dog hauling a large-than-average Western Slope peach. Graphite.
Original creature called a Sylviling, inspired by the desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii). Graphite.
Original D&D halfling rogue character Foxglove Frecklefoot and her mountain dog Wilsea. This illustration was created as an exclusive for my first artist alley table at FanX Salt Lake Comic Con 2018. Graphite.
Original D&D gnome character admiring the crowning jewel in his loot bag. Graphite.
Re-draw of an original character based on a prompt from 2017’s Drawtober event. Graphite.
Original fantasy illustration. Graphite.
Helm +1…Against Flies
Original D&D halfling rogue character Foxglove Frecklefoot sporting only the finest protective head wear. Graphite.
Character illustration for D&D gaming podcast group @infinite_deer. Graphite.
Homage to Drizzt Do’Urden the drow and his astral panther companion Guenhwyvar, created by fantasy author R.A. Salvatore. Graphite.
Entry for the #vonnartredcontest fan art contest hosted by artist Tim Von Rueden, featuring his original character Red. Graphite.
Carpe DM (Don’t Get Gat by the Wildman)
Art created for D&D gaming group One-shot Onslaught. Graphite.
Commissioned book cover illustration for the novella Periphery, by S.F. Wilkinson. Graphite.
Commissioned interior book illustration for the novella Periphery, by S.F. Wilkinson. Graphite.
Commissioned interior book illustration for the novella Periphery, by S.F. Wilkinson. Graphite.
Commissioned book cover illustration for Giant Chickens from Mars, by Mark Sumners. Graphite.
Star Wars character Ahsoka Tano, from The Clone Wars series. Graphite.
Kashmir the Dwarven Necromancer
Original D&D dwarf character. Graphite.
Obi-wan and Satine
Star Wars characters Obi-wan Kenobi and Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore from The Clone Wars series. Graphite.
Inspired by the creature from the 3rd edition D&D Monster Manual. Graphite.
“The Barber’s Head Balm”
Original D&D halfling rogue character Foxglove Frecklefoot, with 2nd edition NPC Hap Farfoot. Graphite.
Khajit Mastermind from the Elderscrolls game Morrowind. Graphite.
Star Wars character Rey having a challenging day during her formative years. Graphite.