Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Prodigal Son

Hey, guys,

It was brought to my attention that I was absent for a long time, and people noticed it :P Very kind of you. I've just been super busy. I have a couple big commissions, on top of a busy next couple of weeks preparing some new pieces for a portfolio to pitch to a Connecticut-based company called, Melissa and Doug.

I AM working on my own stuff, too. I have several pieces for you guys, actually. Some old school, some new for me.

The character sheets are from the book my friend and I are making. We actually have a publisher, now, who can market us broaden our customer base. This is going to be one kick ass product, guys. No joke. I can't wait to finish it! These characters are hand-drawn and inked, then plunked into the character sheet format (that was also hand-drawn and inked) using Photoshop. I wanted these to feel like old school character sheets, with a bit of a twist. Going for nostalgia, here :)

The map is from an AD&D campaign world I am preparing adventures for. It's a combination of hand-drawn inking, and colour and parchment effect in Photoshop.

The Woman is the same technique used for the map and will be a portfolio piece for my M&D interview.

Enjoy, folks! And sorry for being away so long. There's been a lot of work from you all, lately :) It all looks so nice. I'll comment when I grab another second. I'm working on a cartoon dragon and princess, today, in Illustratour CS2. When I take a break, I'll look around and write some replies :)


  1. Hey Justin,
    The character sheets look great, and they have a consistent look, like some engravings from the Renaissance. The composition of the girl turning into a tree illustration is very effective, and invites the viewer to look into the middle space. Is this going to be the cover, or a chapter beginning page?
    I'm glad to hear about your commissions.

  2. Although we do not have any fatted calves, it is good to see you post again!

    That map is cool! The technique on the dryad is a good direction. Hope you show us the illustrator piece. The sketch was sweet.

  3. What?! No fatted calves?! This is outrageous! :P Thanks, guys. I'll upload the before and after pics of the dragon. I'm really liking the way it's turning out. You know, I never realized I could still even work in Illustratour. I learned Freehand in college. It's been about 6 years since I've touched any of these, but it's pretty natural. Once you know how to draw by hand, the computer's really not that difficult. I just don't know all the little tricks, yet.

    Thanks, Pam, I appreciate it. Your reference shots really helped with this. Thank you so much! :)

  4. Justin, you keep on getting better and better. Carry on!