Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Just thought I'd sneak in a quick Batman sketch before the month was over:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hero System Martial Arts

A few illustrations from Hero System Martial Arts, a book I had the pleasure of working on a few months ago for Hero Games:

If you're interested, copies of the book may be purchased directly from Hero Games in their online store, or in all finer game & hobby shops...

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Rpg Characters

I have to admit, drawing medieval fantasy-type characters is pretty new to me… I’ve only played Dungeons & Dragons once, never tried World of Warcraft, and I haven’t opened a fantasy novel in over fourteen years. Even The Lord of the Rings* never interested me that much when I was a kid.

However, for the past few days, in-between drawing pages of my fencing story, I’ve been putting together some art submissions to send to a few American role-playing game publishers, and since the majority of them publish fantasy-related books and games, I thought I’d add a couple fantasy illustrations to my portfolio.

Like I said, I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to fantasy art and characters, so a hooded swordsman or a big panther-man with dreadlocks may not be particularly original. They sure were fun to draw, though.

*although I did play the Middle-Earth Role-Playing game based on J.R.R.Tolkien’s books… especially for Angus McBride’s covers and Liz Danforth’s interior illustrations.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Rat Face x2 (by Bruno Duhamel and Lamisseb)

You may already know this, but it’s a tradition here in France for the mailman and other public service folks to sell calendars at the end of the year. Well, I gotta say… my mailman must want me to buy a whole box of calendars off him next December, because he keeps bringing me some really cool stuff. Stuff like this:

The above drawing of Rat Face, from my friend and fellow writer-artist Bruno Duhamel, really made my day. A few months ago we'd agreed to swap drawings, and I chose to draw Bruno’s ruthless bounty hunter Patrick William Mullighan, from his two-volume western series, Kochka:

I attended art school with Bruno in Angoulême, France from 1996-1998, and he was one of those artists whose presence at the school I never really understood. Why was he there? His rough sketches were better than my finished pages, and he knew more about perspective, anatomy, composition and cartooning in general before he arrived than I did when I graduated. He has gone on to make a name for himself over here, and has co-authored and drawn several bandes dessinées, including Kochka, Butch Cassidy, La Comédie Humaine, Sillage, and Harlem, among others. Even if you don’t read French, I highly recommend tracking down his books….and if you can’t find them where you live, go check out his site, you’ll see why I hold his work in such high esteem.

And since good things almost always come in pairs, I thought I’d share this drawing young French cartoonist Lamisseb sent me the other day. He writes and draws the darkly humorous weekly webcomic Et Pis Taf!! Although he is just starting out, he has some good ideas and works hard, so go give him some support and feedback!

Merci beaucoup Bruno et Seb!

I’ll be back tomorrow with something you’ve most definitely never seen around here before. Stay tuned!