Persica the Peach Pixie
Entry for the 2020 Palisade Peach Festival poster contest. A cherubic farmhand, fluttering on Colorado Hairstreak butterfly wings, appraises the fruits of the harvest in front of a pixie dust Colorado state flag. Graphite on 14 x 17 inch Strathmore 400 series extra heavyweight drawing paper. (Artwork currently on display, high resolution scan coming soon.)
Phoenix Fan Fusion Design-A-Badge Entry
My entry for the Phoenix Fan Fusion Design-A-Badge contest. The instructions were to reimagine one of the signature characters created by Travis Hanson in our own unique style. So I gave this intrepid looking woman the graphite treatment as a crazy-hair-don’t-care professional butt-kicker. Graphite 6 x 8 inch illustration on 10 x 8 inch Strathmore 400 Series drawing paper.
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 12 x 9 inch Strathmore mixed media paper.
Passkeys to hidden places, secret treasures, and forgotten knowledge spill out of bursting bags strewn about the lair of the Sphinx. A congealment of time, wise and perilous, Citlalicue the Star Garment does not share her knowledge gladly. Graphite on 9 x 12 inch Strathmore mixed media paper.
A candle, a bridle, and brave curiosity are all that’s needed to inspire little ones to sneak out of bed and tiptoe across spreading boughs toward adventure. Graphite on 12 x 9 inch Strathmore mixed media paper.
Wolf’s Bane, the Littlest Werewolf Hunter
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 9 x 12 inch Strathmore mixed media paper.
Something was not quite right about her… Graphite on 9 x 12 inch Strathmore mixed media paper.
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 one of their own, coaxing secrets from their green hearts. Graphite on 12 x 9 inch Strathmore mixed media paper.
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. Dragonlings Series. Graphite on 9 x 12 inch Strathmore mixed media paper.
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 on 9 x 12 inch Strathmore 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.
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.
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.
The Wolf You Feed
This Illustration was inspired by the Native American legend of the Two Wolves. Originally created for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
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 on 10 x 8 inch Strathmore 400 Series drawing paper.
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 on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
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 on 9 x 5½ inch medium weight drawing paper.
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 on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
2018 Birthday Sketch. Graphite with red Prismacolor highlights on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
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 on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
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 on 9 x 5½ inch medium weight drawing paper.
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 on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
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 on 9 x 5½ inch medium weight drawing paper.
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 on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
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 on 9 x 5½ inch medium weight drawing paper.
In the bowels of the sculpted cavern she reclined on her frost-rimmed mound of wealth, clutching the riches of the North. Each treasure a testament to her brutal temper and insatiable avarice. Even her bone-crackingly cold lair yielded to her frigid heart, her breath billowing out more frozen than the crystalline depths. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Halfling Foxglove Frecklefoot and Wilsea the mountain dog adorn their festive snowman with treasures from their adventures. Graphite on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
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 on 9 x 12 inch colored pencil paper.
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 on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Pokey in my Paw
Little Oaka the Sylviling stepped on something sharp. Graphite on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Sylviling Beast-Gentler Youth
Ogaan the young Sylviling of to charm the denizens of the high desert. Graphite on 9 x 5½ inch medium weight drawing paper.
Original creature called a Sylviling, inspired by the desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii). Graphite on 5½ x 9 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Original D&D gnome character admiring the crowning jewel in his loot bag. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Re-draw of an original character based on a prompt from 2017’s Drawtober event. Graphite on 12×8½ inch mediumweight drawing paper.
Original fantasy illustration of a satyr woman. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Helm +1…Against Flies
Original D&D halfling rogue character Foxglove Frecklefoot sporting only the finest protective head wear. Graphite on 9 x 5½ inch medium weight drawing paper.
Character illustration for D&D gaming podcast group @infinite_deer. Graphite on 12 x 9 inch Strathmore colored pencil paper.
Homage to Drizzt Do’Urden the drow and his astral panther companion Guenhwyvar, created by fantasy author R.A. Salvatore. Graphite with purple Prismacolor highlight on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper
Entry for the #vonnartredcontest fan art contest hosted by artist Tim Von Rueden, featuring his original character Red. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Carpe DM (Don’t Get Gat by the Wildman)
Art created for D&D gaming group One-shot Onslaught. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Commissioned book cover illustration for the novella Periphery, by S.F. Wilkinson. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Commissioned interior book illustration for the novella Periphery, by S.F. Wilkinson. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Commissioned interior book illustration for the novella Periphery, by S.F. Wilkinson. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Commissioned book cover illustration for Giant Chickens from Mars, by Mark Sumners. Graphite.
Kashmir the Dwarven Necromancer
Original D&D dwarf warlock summoning his trusty companion. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
“The Barber’s Head Balm”
Original D&D halfling rogue character Foxglove Frecklefoot, with 2nd edition NPC Hap Farfoot. Graphite on 9 x 5½ inch medium weight drawing paper.
Khajit Mastermind from the Elderscrolls game Morrowind. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Star Wars character Ahsoka Tano, from The Clone Wars series. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Star Wars character Rey having a challenging day during her formative years. Graphite on 8½ x 12 inch medium weight drawing paper.
Obi-wan and Satine
Star Wars characters Obi-wan Kenobi and Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore from The Clone Wars series. Graphite with red Prismacolor highlight on 12 x 8½ inch medium weight drawing paper.
Homage to the incomparable Duro bounty hunter from the Star Wars animated series The Clone Wars. Graphite on 14 x 11 inch toned tan drawing paper.
Heat waves rising like a mirage from searing scales, wing webs keening in parched winds, the lord of the desert twists is flight to scan what transpires below. Inspired by the creature from the third edition Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. Graphite on 12 x 8½ inch medium weight drawing paper.
The Bread Bandit
Commisioned illustration of a bread-loving family dog. Graphite on 14 x 11 inch toned tan drawing paper.