Saturday, February 26, 2011

Frazetta Tribute Gallery

Artists were to reinterpret and pay homage to the grand master of fantasy art Frank Frazetta by creating art that is evocative of Frank's work but not a carbon copy or literal rendition of it. Frank's compositions were strong and based on classical principles, masterpieces of energy and color. Epic and powerful.

Conan the Siege of Aquilonia

Between the time the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. Hither came Conan destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a trubbled brow. After escaping imprisonment, Conan along with his Aquilonian allies staged a revolt against the tyrannical King Numedides.

I made this illustration from my desire when I was younger to have a 3rd film when Conan finally became king and how it happend.

Conan Process

Like most of my work, I started off with a general sketch of what I was imagining at the time in my head. I followed that sketch with a detailed illustration and then on to a final rendering.

Creature from the black lagoon color

Creature from the black lagoon B&W

Creature Recreation Process

When recreating the creature I needed to keep in mind to not change it so drastically to the point that nobody would recognize the creature. I started out designing different ideas of how the creature might look today until I felt I had accomplished my mission. I then started working my black and white values to find where I was planing on putting my light sources.

I did not include the general sketch with elements being placed in the process. I added the detailed sketch and final black and white rendering since my sketches mostly look like scribbles anyway.

Friday, February 18, 2011


This illustration was inspired by the Thai version of the Indian Ramayana. By the ancient Siamese "Thais" it is called Ramakien. Hanuman is the monkey god in the Ramayana epic. I wanted to take ancient concepts and illustrations and make my version as realistic as possible.

When I see something live action with hanuman, I see the actor being very monkey-like and always looking for something over the horizon. I just wanted to add that little bit in the illustraion because its such an iconic pose.


I was motivated to do this because of the new style of werewolves in recent Hollywood films and shows. These hulky brutes scare me more.