Category Archives: Character Sketches

Illustration for a client of a Robert E. Howard barbarian type character. The drawing was for Esoteric Exhumed https://landofnod.blog/

At the end of the summer I made a few illustrations for a client.  The sketches were for Esoteric Exhumed by John M Stater https://landofnod.blog/  This is one of the illustrations of a Robert E. Howard barbarian type character. 

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Smells Like Teen Angst

It has been awhile since I posted.  I did some sketching today at a school meeting.  We were forced to watch a film about teen angst, even though I work with elementary kids.  The film had a feeling of persistent worry about various trivial things.  I drew some of the angry young people from the educational film.

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Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.

I made some sharpie sketches of Romans for my fourth grade students.  We are learning about Ancient Rome and I needed some simple figure drawings for the students to use as reference.   We are talking about the horrible fate of Pompeii, next week.

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Clowning around in 2017

Happy 2017!  Here is a sketch of a clown that I made with a ballpoint pen during a meeting.  I was thinking of the clown as a supposedly jolly figure of innocuous, friendly entertainment, not the more recent popular image of a scary clown.   However, even I disliked and feared clowns when I was a kid.

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Owl Lady!

I was knocking around the idea of a Gothic themed setting for some drawings.  This is a drawing of a member of the Fraternity of Feathers.  This society of like-minded individuals fight against the dark and mysterious setting.  They battle the foreboding, fear and dread of the haunted land.  This member of the Fraternity of Feathers has a giant owl companion that aids her in her fight against the darkness.

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Friendly Witch #INKTOBER #INKTOBER2016

Here is my fifth drawing for inkTober.  I created a friendly looking witch.

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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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