My brother spent ten years writing an epic fantasy novel. I loved it. I did quite a bit of art for it over the years, and when he asked me for a series of sketches which could become a calendar, I was delighted to oblige.

This piece actually became the cover for a custom printing of the book.

I was experimenting with the art-blending brush, probably for the first time, and I’ve been enchanted with it as a tool ever since.

Fight pose1

And in case you might be under the illusion that I am just that good at figure drawing to haul these shadowy figures up from the depths of my own brain with no other assistance… no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. I… *laughs manically* no.

Pinterest. Pinterest, the social media platform for introverts, contains many beautiful photographs, drawings, posts, pins, and whatever from which I constantly derive inspiration and instruction. Trying to draw a foreshortened foot? PINTEREST. Trying to draw an archer flying through the air? PINTEREST. I don’t steal, I try not to trace, but, man, when ya just need a reference pose, Pinterest is your guy.