A Writer's Sketchbook - Story Illustrations


Harp & Gyre

(2005)

It must be inevitable for a love of story and a love of art to end up coming together in actual story art. First I just sketched scenes from within the books for my own amusement. Then I moved on to creating book covers so that I could produce 'pretty' copies of my books for my family to read.


Penzance at Tortuga

(2007)

Finally I succumbed to the lure of trying to create stories out of pictures. (An intensely time consumming method of story-telling.) This introduced a new challenge to my artwork -- not only did I have to show the characters and the settings, but I needed to also convey continuing action, and emotional subtleties. I'm not sure how well I've succeeded, but it has certainly been an interesting challenge.


Flag in Flames Original Cover

(2006)

Now I have a yen to do interior illustrations for everything I write. Such a cool 'bonus' to a book, no? But I keep running out of time!


Pirate Pair

(2007)
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Flag in Flames Original Cover

Sample - 3D-CGI 2006

This was the first story art I did for Black Flag. My publisher thought it wasn't exciting enough for a front cover, and asked me to make a new one, so I added this one to my online art gallery.

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