A Writer's Sketchbook - Story Illustrations

Harp & Gyre


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


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


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


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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