All my unedited cover illustrations from book 1 (top) to 10 (bottom) of The Chronicles of Dragon. Written by Craig Halloran.
This post contains all 10 illustrations serving as a summary for all those who like the cover art and the story of the author’s books, or for all of you who want to look at the images without editing and text.
Craig’s Facebook page: Link
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Cover 9 and the final cover 10 for The Chronicles of Dragon, a story written by author Craig Halloran. Was a great job to work at, his 8th book should be released soon. Book 9 and 10, as far as I know, should both follow within the upcoming rest of 2014.
If you are interested in Craig’s books, just follow the link to his Facebook page: Link
The next blog entry will show all 10 covers in a row, it will be a post for his readers to have each illustration at once to look at. If you want to see the previous covers, just look at the previous blog entry I uploaded.
Hope you like it, have a great day!
PS: I have lots of new drawings, they just need to be scanned. It will need a lot of time, but my dear best friend is basically giving me “a kick in the pants” so that I might have something new to show sooner or later.
Until then, enjoy my covers and some illustrations I will show the next days as well.
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The Chronicles of Dragon
Here are the cover illustrations I did recently, featuring the story of Nath Dragon in the story The Chronicles of Dragon of indie author Craig Halloran.
You can see the unlettered covers from book 1 to 8, however book 6 is currently out and book 7 should be released at the end of may.
Recently I was taking a little break from working digital and produced a laaaarge stack of sketches and drawings on paper. Be aware that, as soon as I have scanned them all, a lot of new sketches and drawings for this blog will wait for you to be looked at.
To keep this blog updated a little bit I want to feature the row of cover illustrations I was working on so far, the last two covers from book 9 and 10 will follow (probably in the summer) soon.
Craig Halloran is a great guy to work with and I think, maybe, his stories are interesting for you if you love dragons. I love dragons and I feel very honoured that my thoughts and visions were chosen to give his world a visual appearance on his book’s covers.
If you want to check out Craig Halloran’s work, just follow this link to his Facebook page: Link
I hope you have had a good time so far, we will see each other soon with more drawings and sketches, and some coloured illustrations as well.
All the best,
Some new conceptual drawings:
The first one showing two types my undead iguanodian knights. These drawings are most polished, as these characterdesigns are final.
The second one showing some lizard warriors. Here I played arround with acrylic colours as well. I kinda like to give a drawing a little hint or special touch with a different colour. Yet I am not sure if this rougher drawing will make it to a second designpath.
And the third one is my first drawing in a new sketchbook with brown kraft paper. Featuring a new species (Gargoyles) for my personal projects, this drawing was fun as it allowed me to experiment with some new technical ideas.
All in all, I know, this sketchbook blog has been inactive for a while. Other than the last three years I slow down with my work (and at the moment mostly working for clients) as it got me almost burned out to do as much as I once did. I cannot do this any longer to myself. However, tons of yet unreleased drawings are waiting to be shown and scanned. There is more to come, I promise!
And whatever happens, I won’t ever stop drawing, painting and creating.
Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more.
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This is the last post of 2013. I am having a long break now. Next year, many things will change. Especially the way I schedule my workflow. I worked too hard and used up all my energy. It means I will do less, but more effective work, especially for clients and need to slow down with my personal work and rather relax.
In any case, I guess there will be a lot of new stuff for you to see.
I wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy new year 2014.
Thanks for following me on my way of an illustrator this year. We might see each other (so to speak) next year again.
Mike Monteiro - How Designers Destroyed The World
It’s a long video, around 47:36, about the responsibility of design. If you watch it, you will probably get really pissed off and want to flip a table, but not because Mike’s wrong.
It’s ‘cause he’s right.
This is something that has to be heard! This is true in any case! After you listened to that, you might notice the pattern in every area of the industry. Whether you are a designer/artist or not, this message is for everyone.
A coloursketch made of acrylics and inks. It is rough but defined enough to be worked out as a digital illustration. This image shows The Dark Collector, an evil being hunting for powerful objects, and a samurai who put an end to the darkness he caused.
But in my story (Forlorn Knights) the evil will awake again. But who will defeat the Dark Collector this time? This will definitely be solved in that story.
Now to the technical stuff: Sometimes it is easier to do a coloursketch than a pencilsketch. Especially if you already have a clear idea of what is going on. Before you do an artwork, do a sketch. You can always look at it and keep the spirit of your original idea alive.
As over time of rendering and working at the full illustration your original idea might change or fade out. This might cause your idea being a step back to what you originally had in mind.
So to say a sketch is a conceptual pre-work you do for yourself to keep in mind what you want to do.
I hope it helps, have a good weekend.
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The Elderdragon of the second continent on “Thyran” (“Earth” in dragonlanguage). The Elderdragons are each on one continent and write a book to record the history. The Elderdragons are also directly related to the ancient dragonking. Dragons of this familytree can reach an age of 2000 years.
She (indeed she is female) is the partner of the fifth Elderdragon.
This is the coloured version of a previously posted pencildrawing, it should be on my blog already.
She is an expert when it comes to magic and mostly speaks the high dragonlanguage. (Just for you to compare between the basic dragonlanguage and the high dragonlanguage. In the basic form, “earth” is “Thyran”. In the high form, “earth” is “Tyaoin”.)
Tools: Wacom Intuos3 A3 + PS CS5.1.1
Hope you like it. See you next time.
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In my world there are mysterious creatures, one of these is “Nilayphgil”. Nilayphgil is a word of the ‘high dragonlanguage’ and basically means “unicorn”. It is life itself, where it appears and it’s cones and leaves touch the earth, new life will grow. It is said that the horn itself can bring back within three days what is death (per example a if a person died, he could be revived within three days as if nothing ever happened).
They make no sound, they are fast and very rare to see. Only a few people have seen a Nilayphgil, or what they call an Unicorn.
It is also known as “Euryngiur” (elf-language) or simply as “Oyhaluul” (basic dragonlanguage, which often sounds rude).
Amongst elves and dragons it is said that those hunting for an unicorn can only find death itself. “A hunt for Oyhaluul” is a saying dragons use to point out that someone’s actions have no sense at all, or that someone’s goals are hollow and will end up as being a waste of lifetime.
- This is a pencildrawing. I might upload a coloration later. So far I hope you like it.
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A drawing that shows a kind of “situation image” that explains a certain relationship or situation between characters. The guy at the front is Keoroth Rasanan, a magician in my Forlorn Knights story. To the right we have Syennara, a female magician that was his pupil.
But due to some events, she will walk down her own path while Keoroth has a secret he regrets to have.
Keoroth walks down a path that he describes as “a cold reality, that is moving forward.
Hope you have a good day, thanks for stopping by.
Aiwyn Eryon is a female magician that wanders around the world. From time to time she gets involved into new adventures.
Together with her best friend, a dragon, she already gained a lot of experience.
As a quick sketch I decided to do a quick rough colouring. Hope you like it.
Have a good start of the new week. I myself will be covered in client work again.
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A scenery drawing featuring Wan (the maincharacter of Forlorn Knights) and the queen of the Mizaakari named Kuweenaiya.
Wan will be on a quest for red glowing, so called, Aeoncrystals. He will travel around the continent Thyranrayr and meet new allies who might be able to help him on his mission.
The Mizaakari are also called “Snakepeople”.
This drawing is done by using a 3H or 4H mechanical pencillead (2 mm) and a blue, and a red, lead for the first basic guidelines. The canvas is ordinary A4 copy paper.
The next post will show up at monday. I wish you a great weekend!
A rough pencildrawing showing one of my characters (out of my Forlorn Knights story) and one mysterious dangerous being that will be linked to him…
This sketch is very rough and might be the base for a coloured work.
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Now to a kind of animal-character. I remembered the game Super Mario 3D Land (which I saw via walkthrough), and my good old childhood-memories of playing Super Mario Bros. 3. (I had to think about the racoon tail you can get by collecting a leaf in this game, or the suit that could make you invincible for a short timespan). And I love reptiles (per example tortoises). So I mixed some influences here and there. And here we have: A kind of fuzzy reptile with a shell and a racoon tail. And it might be dangerous enough to chomp one’s head off. But all in all… I think it is a funny creature.
This drawing is done via pencils and other graphite. I blended the graphite by using a brush and alcohol (or any diluter might do the job).
I used ordinary copy paper for this work.
I hope you like it, see you next time!
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This is a rough sketch done with markers and a black pen on brown paper.
From time to time these kind of drawings are very helpful to do something different. The marker ink blends very well on it, so it might be worth a try if you need a little change when you do a drawing.
I hope to see you tomorrow, on my next post.
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