Wednesday morning. Three days left of 2016. I gotta be honest. I don’t care. Makes no difference what the calender says. The hustle is strong. A little unfocused and not quite ready to pull the print trigger, load the snake oil on to the caravan just yet, but the work is close to share.
A few things I was able to do work for recently was some roleplay character art for Mythopoeia Games Publications Convention Adventure titled Mad Cow
I didn’t do the cover art, just some illustrations inside.
It’s only a buck to check out (link here) The creator Mike has been cool guys that’s been real supportive.
Started working with the company earlier this year doing illustrations for the second source book for Realms of Fantasy II
You can get the game and books at DriveThruRPG (of course a small plug).
Also turned in work for Creepy Romance volume four. Available sometime January 2017 (I think). Self published by Cosondra Sjostrom. A poetry/art book collaboration between 50 artists including myself. Some of the art already shown looks so fucking cool! Looking forward to checking it out.
Last and most current contribution is a book my buddy Nathaniel over Eyedraugh is putting using Augmented imagery. An interactive type deal that’s going to blow your wigs off. It will be available early February.
Oh and the drawing above is colored by Shuiez Hermenz Dude knows how to recreate 1980’s flats like no other! The drawing was incidentally done on the first pages of an original copy The Dungeon Masters Guide book by Gary Gygax. Doing my best to keep it golden.
Thanks for reading to the bottom.
Art man. A therapeutic outlet, yet the obsession to achieve the better is a constant battle of sanity for me. This image has been complete for some time now thanks to the digital color work of Norman Wong.
I have quite a collection of completed works. Waiting to be printed. So many personal and financial tropes that I need to learn to overcome. The first is failure. Failure is inevitable. It is necessary to grow and learn from. So difficult to accept failure before an action.
Example: I self publish a comic no one will purchase. lt sits at my place. I produce and artbook that goes nowhere. I create art no one cares about, or do they? I don’t know. In the honest truth it’s not my place to care. It’s only my purpose to create.
Conventions. To me conventions are a scam for artists/creators. Artists designed to sell other properties for money is troublesome to me. I don’t judge if you enjoy it. It’s just important to explore our own ideas. Why though, If no one buys them right? Hence McFarlane’s Spider Man fan art for sale (which I am guilty of but enjoyed it).
The convention costs exceed the average sales for an independent creator artist not selling fan art. It is a promotion cost that is necessary to acquire interest in our work. However anything over 300 dollars in total convention cost seems a little steep for me. There has got to be a better form of promotion. If there isn’t there should be. This is why I avoid conventions. It just is not financially practical (say the guy who is unpractical)
I understand the idea of sacrifice for ones dreams. I just don’t think paying a large fee to be drowned out is the way to go. I can be drowned out for nothing via web. I propose no answers only obstacles. So I guess this a rant.
I hope you enjoyed the visual anguish..I am the beast.
Broken Story Book is scheduled to be available early November. It is a collection of illustrations I’ve created using an early 1950’s children storybook. Originally printed in Japanese and published in Japan.
Illustrations will be all traditional mediums. Ink quill, colored pencils and acrylic paint. Pages all hi resolution scans, printed in full color.
Cover colors by Norm Wong.
Book 24 pages printed in comic book format.
Retail price will be 4.99 via web at Zarstar Studios store or 3.99 from local shops and shows you find me at.
More about it later. Just stoked to have it complete and waiting for print.
Thanks for reading.
The Robot in my veins has reported that I have been in my own head too long. I have been ejected and now wait till I can return in. This kinda sucks. Mental lock outs mean I have to absorb reality.
Here is a page from My Emo Vortex. Might be issue 3..or is it 2? Whatever.
co colored by Shuiez Hermenz
The Mobilist is a one page illustration I originally did for fun. I was referencing Stagecoach/buggy vehicles. It kind of took a life of it’s own. I gave it to Ibrahim to color. He did an amazing job! The more I stare at it, the more I’d like to contribe a story. We’ll see how it turns out. I have a few stories written down. Some have quite a few pages. I’ve been strongly looking into creating pulp style novel with a few illustrations in it as well as a cover. I don’t expect it to be a hot seller, so the print run will be very short. I’ll keep the site posted as it progresses.
Ever since I was a kid I always had this..anger issue. Michael Jackson’s Thriller was the first horror type thing I consciously absorbed. I associated with the werewolf at the end so much. I was too young to know any better but as I grew the anger grew with me. I was convinced in first grade I was a werewolf. Well, not quite a wolf, but something of the nature. In my age I have learned to hide it in “passion”. Although hide might be the wrong word. Let’s use the word guise instead.
The guise has matured into a slight compulsion to conceal the anger. If you know anything about what I do, this may make more sense. Born anger is a dangerous thing. True unprovoked anger has always been an emotional obstacle. We all have emotional obstacles. I realize this. I used to feel the anger as a curse. It may be, but a curse is only as good as the cursee (yeah I made that up).
That all being typed brings me to the Misfit Bird. This is an example of the anger in a somewhat violent less form. When I feel the most frustrated I create. Most of it I will never show. It is ugly, unskilled and often times nonsensical. You know, angry.
This bird is the not too shabby embodiment of the wolf, curse, guise, anger. My brush work is fun to color in flat.
Just so you know Saturday evenings is the worst time to post stuff. That said, let’s get down to the posting.
The little things. They connect to the great good or bad (which ever you prefer). This works both ways. As we all notice the large world around us, there are seemingly smaller worlds living parallel in conjunction to what we know and understand.
Who cares right? I don’t know. I think it can be useful. Taking the time to connect the dots that lead to where you are and how you learn to understand the conscious world.
Last thing. There is a bigger world …or is it smaller? I guess that depends on how the individual perceives our species on the totem pole.
Good thing Saturday is a bad day to post. Someone might have actually read this.