Star Wars Style Modeling

This is a scratchbuilt model of a freighter featured in the Star Wars novel Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn.  The design is inspired by the ship as drawn in the comic book adaptation of the novel.  

It was a very fun model to build.  This picture is untouched except for adding a faint glow to the engines in post.  I composited it onto a star field made using a similar technique as the stars seen in the Star Wars movies; I painted some aluminum foil black, pricked a thousand tiny holes through it and lit it from behind.  The effect is convincing, I think.  



Here is the same model flying through hyperspace.  Again, I mimiced the original effects from the 1970s by putting a light in the end of a tube of crumpled aluminum foil.  Tinted it blue in post and added some blur effects to get it to look like motion.

I've been really enjoying model building again.  You may see more of this sort of thing in the future.


Sexy Girl Skeletor

I was talking with a friend about something, I forget what, and the conversation eventually ended with someone wanting to see a sexy girl version of Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.  So I sketched this up.

Later I decided to color it. I tried another version that was more authentic to the original Skeletor's costume, but then added the undershirt, as I don't really want my website to have any NSFW images. 

I really like how the atmosphere turned out on this one.




A Touch of Art Nouveau

Late Nineteenth Century artist Alphonse Mucha has always been one of my favorites.  His Art Nouveau posters and commercial art from 1895 through 1912 has always been high on my list.

I wanted to try to emulate his style a bit so I combined elements of the composition of Mucha's 1897 work Fruit with an image of a good friend of mine.

I asked my friend what she should be holding, as I didn't really want to just use fruit like in Mucha's piece.  She suggested a bunny.  I think it works.

The caption reads, "Beaute Intemporelle," French for "Timeless Beauty."  I used French as the majority of Mucha's work was done in Paris.  Seemed appropriate.


Yup... That IS a Mermaid Riding a Unicorn

I couldn't think of something to draw, and a friend suggested (I'm sure facetiously) that I draw a mermaid riding a unicorn.

Done and done.


A Cover for a Wargames Book

 I've just finished a piece of cover art for an upcoming version of the table top wargame titled, simply, Quick and Easy Wargame, though that title may be changed in the upcoming version.  This book has been published by a small press guy named Clayton J. Callahan, who writes all the material he sells.  The game is pretty fun and his role-playing game, Star Run, looks pretty fun too (though I haven't played it yet myself).  He's pulled from his own experience serving in the U.S. armed forces and local law enforcement to put together some very helpful reference material for gamers to add some depth to these aspects of their games.  Check out his website, there's some cool stuff there:

On the left, here, there's a detail from the cover image, but look in my portfolio for the full image.