2012 - Present
This is a collection of the many illustrations and concept works in my repertoire. There are many styles and stories that inspire me and I enjoy bringing out their thematic elements. This is how I approach all my projects, divining the essence of things and allowing color, shape, and texture speak to those deeper realities. This collection is a little random, hence my title, as my imagination glides along the winds of ideas like the seeds of the dandelion.
Hades - Persephone and Hades
Here I am exploring how I would conceptualize the myth of Persephone and Hades. I love the idea of thinking of Hades as a Byronic Hero, rakish but melancholy.
Three-Eyed Crow - The Daughter of Winterfell
I am a fan of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, and I was inspired to do a series of character illustrations from his novels. The approach could perhaps be compared to work by Harry Clarke, as I have aimed for a more minimalist and Gothic aesthetic.
Take What Is Mine
The Giant of Lannister
A Song of Ice and Fire Character Concepts
Here are a collection of more concept works I did exploring the various characters.
An unused concept art piece done for a script by Alexis P. Johnson.
The Raven King
Who would not be a fan of the lush and haunting goth fantasy and satire by Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell. One of my favorite books and tv series, this was my own conceptualization of the mysterious fay monarch the Raven King.
My original character from a detective story I was thinking about writing one day. I don't know if I ever will, but I do love my moody detective, Maximus.
The Maze Was Not Meant For You
As you might have noticed, I am a fan of a great deal of many things, and Westworld is one of my favorite shows. This concept was a meta poster done in the style reminiscent of the spaghetti westerns from the 60s.
The manga and anime Death Note is a compelling psychological detective drama, wherein our protagonist Light Yagami is a self-righteous serial killer. I have some medieval influences in this piece, particularly Hieronymus Bosch, who often inspires me.
The Farthest Shore
This 18 x 24 charcoal piece was inspired by Ursula K. LeGuin's novel, The Farthest Shore. This image depicts a haunting scene from the novel. I don't usually work with charcoal,
but I loved the challenge of this piece.
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