Armored Fish Creature

I created a Devonian looking armored fish creature for this illustration.  I based the creature loosely on the Dunkleosteus.  The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor has the skull of a prehistoric armored fish.  I saw it when I was a kid and it left an indelible impression.



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Carrion Crawler Creeping and Crawling

I used Photoshop brushes to add color to my drawing of a Carrion Crawler sneaking up on some unsuspecting adventures.  Certainly had fun creating this illustration.  I used shades of greens and blues to create a unified palette.


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Pleasant Witch-ish Woman

I created an ink line drawing and added some color in Photoshop.  I made a witch-ish woman floating with her feline companion. I took the greenish blue tree color scheme from the trees in the Dr. Seuss short story, “What Was I Scared Of”.  The story is in the book, “Stars Upon Thars”.


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Dengar The Unloved Bounty Hunter

Dengar is one of the least loved villains in Star Wars.  He is an overweight bounty hunter with a head wound armed with a modified German MG 42.  He was part of Darth Vader’s band of bounty hunter miscreants that show up in Empire Strikes Back.  He also shows up again in Jabba The Hutt’s palace in Return of The Jedi.  I illustrated him in the desert wastes beyond the Dune Sea of Tatooine.


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You May Fire When Ready

I created an illustration of Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, also known as Governor Tarkin.  He is a character in the first Star Wars movie.  Peter Cushing portrayed Tarkin in the original film. Tarkin is one of the most formidable villains in the Star Wars movies.  He is the commander of the Death Star and orders the destruction of the planet Alderaan.  According to what I read Peter Cushing found Tarkin’s boots, furnished by the wardrobe department, to be very uncomfortable.  Lucas agreed to limit shots where Cushing’s feet would be visible, allowing him to wear his own slippers.  He destroyed a planet while wearing slippers!


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Good Old Gamorrean Guard

I illustrated one of the Pig Guards from Jabba the Hutt’s Palace in Return of the Jedi.  These big pig men are called Gamorrean guards.  My brother thinks they are out of place in the Star Wars universe.  They look like they escaped from one of J. R. R. Tolkien’s books. I have to agree with him.  However, they easily lend themselves to cartooning because they already look cartoonish.  The Gamorrean guards are in Ralph McQuarrie’s wonderful original concept artwork for Return of the Jedi.


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Homage To The Ghost Of Captain Cutler In Color

I added color to one of my old sketchs of Captain Cutler from Scooby-Doo.  The original episodes from Hanna-Barbera Productions, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You” and “The Scooby-Doo Show” were big influences on my interest in drawing and monsters.   I remember being particularity fascinated by The Ghost of Captain Cutler.

Ghost of Captain Cutler


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Vintage Circus Acrobat

Here is another character sketch of a circus worker I created and then colored in Photoshop.  I made an acrobat this time.  acrobat

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More Monster Sketches

Here are two more monster illustrations.  The first one is a Mind Flayer.  In the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy role-playing game, Illithids also known as Mind Flayers are monstrous humanoids with a H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu looking head.   I always thought them especially frightening.  The second drawing is a fish man.  Part man and part fish.. well, mostly fish.  I made its face resemble Merman from the 1980s He-Man cartoon. 

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Illustration of an Ogre

I made a few monster drawings.  This first one is my illustration of an Ogre.  Ogres are depicted as a large, hideous, manlike monster that eats human beings.  They are part of the mythology and folklore of many different cultures.Ogre

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