A new Planet to Play on. 

Coming soon ! This project goes back maybe eight years. It was launched in a pub ( the best place to do these things ) as I joined Reality Skimming Press as their house artist.  WIth my background in palaeontolgy and the publishers long gestating wish to do a ‘colonist ship hits space dinosaur planet’ it was time to get the project going. My role was as world builder, writer and illustrator.  You can read more it HERE

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Sketch Book Archives 1

Screen shot 2014-09-18 at 12.46.31 PMI was tearing things apart in my studio when my daughter said, ” Dad, where did you get this ?” She was holding onto the sketchbook seen below.

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Projects Update : MEGA

I’m deep into a new project with Reality Skimming Press. It’s part of the Okal Rey Saga but set in the deep ( for them ) past. MEGA is the name of the world and the tale of the first accidental colonists. MEGA is a lush primeval world that the colonists must learn to navigate and eventually make their home.  My role is world/creature/ecology designer. With a background in palaeontology as well my art I’m in pig heaven. – Jeff

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Projects Update : Shepherds of Sparrows

I’ve been busy creating a series of scenes and the final cover art for Okal Rey Saga’s ‘Shepherds of Sparrows’. It’s been a lot of fun digging a little deeper into a book beyond just a single image. – Jeff

Bannerman of Mercury cover process.

I’m overdue for an update – “Bannerman of Mercury” is a pretty good example of my process. The first image shows my corner thumbnail sketch which was an anchoring of the picture floating around in my head. A thumbnail helps me lay out the tones, shapes and composition in a very abstract and purely ‘aesthetic’ manner. It also saves me from having to draw and draw and draw to find out that I might have a nice sketch, but it doesn’t work for the composition.

The next shows my color blocking and my notes explaining what those scribbles are. You can see that late in the game I have a costume change on the woman and skin tone change on both. They were never intended to be Blue People, it was just a lighting thing. After that it’s all just me having a jolly time painting, playing with light and making up weird little alien plants in the foreground. All good things as far as I’m concerned. – Jeff