The Dragon Mage

the dragon mage illustration. This piece pictures a young woman in a sports bra and skirt sitting on a cushion with her hands up and cupping ethereal smoke. The smoke lingers before her in the shape of a dragon head. The trail of the dragon smoke twists on the canvas until it trails back to its source - an open teapot.

I’m surprised I never posted this on the blog before. But here she is – The Dragon Mage.

The Dragon Mage is available as a hi-resolution download! But only for Ko-Fi supporters and Patreon patrons. I’ve been posting hi-res downloads for supporters, and I plan on keeping that up.

But maybe there will be more art like this? I’m thinking about it…

If you’re curious, The Dragon Mage is drawn with fine line markers, a brush marker, and color Copic markers. I really like the simplified color palette here.

That’s all I have for now. But maybe there will be more art like this in the future? We’ll see.

Thank you for checking this out!

You. Are. Awesome.

Fanart Friday – Janemba Expressions

On Tumblr and other places, I’ve been (inconsistently) posting Fanart on Fridays. I’ve posted this sheet before in other places, but I’m just so tickled every time I see this.

If you don’t know who this is, don’t worry. He’s niche, even in the cannon he’s from.

This is Janemba, the main antagonist of Dragonball Z movie 12: Fusion Reborn. Folks in the fandom like to say he’s a worse version of Buu, but I respectfully disagree. To me, Buu is a recent prison escapee with absolute freedom to do whatever he wants, so the world is his toy. I see Janemba not as that, but as a potential god of Chaos. In the movie, he’s supposed to be Evil Incarnate. But how can you say that about a teenage boy caught in a chemical explosion because he had his earbuds in?

Nah. Janemba’s just here for a good time and to make shit up as he goes along. It’s just that he doesn’t take criticism very well. Like, he literally cracks if you insult him.

The other thing about Janemba is: he never speaks. Yup, he’s a mute villain.

This makes some people think, “Oh, he doesn’t talk? Then he has no personality.”

And I saw that train of thought and went, “What if Janemba, mute as he is…had the same breadth of expressions as Crash Bandicoot?”

Both characters are mute! But that doesn’t stop them from having a personality! So I drew this character sheet as a proof of concept. Like, “Hey! Janemba can be expressive, too!”

He’s also just plain fun to draw for me. So if you want to see more of this guy, let me know and I will post more stuff.

That’s all for now. Thank you for checking this out!

You. Are. Awesome.

P.S. I’m live streaming on YouTube tomorrow at 1 pm EDT. Hope you can make it! I’ll be drawing commissions.

Shadow Man – A Sketch

a black and white marker sketch of a pure black being with ghost white eyes in a robe. The robe has detailed borders on the sleeves and bottom.

I drew this Shadow Man sketch back in 2015. I THINK I used Sharpies, but it’s been 5 years since I drew this. So I don’t remember. But this was drawn in a Strathmore sketchbook, which is my sketchbook of choice. I just prefer spiral-bound papers. Things that lay flat make me happy.

The motif of a pure black shadow being with white eyes happens A LOT in my sketchbooks. Part of this is because I’ve been inspired by the Heartless in Kingdom Hearts for a long while. I dig the monster designs in that series. (Then again, I like drawing monsters. Obviously.) And when I was a teenager playing that game for the first time, the image of a pure black shadow with creepy, pale eyes burned its way into my subconscious. It’s haunted me ever since.

But I also REALLY like adding details to costumes, like border designs. (Like the ones in this illustration). If I ever see zentangles, or Eastern European costumes, or Islamic patterns, I am ALL OVER those. What can I say? Patterns are fun.

So I sketched this to play with high contrasts: black and white, simple and detailed. It was fun to draw!

…I want to draw more things like this, actually. Maybe I’ll make it my Inktober theme? (Holy heck I need to pick a theme for Inktober this year. I keep waffling between several good ideas).

BUT I WILL say – this sketch could be considered a proto-Mocktaw.

Mocktaw are the black shadow creatures from The Legend of Jamie Roberts. It’s my weekly webcomic about a genderqueer pirate and friends adventuring in a land full of dragons. If you like this guy and want to see more like him, check out the comic.

That’s all for now. Thank you for reading!

You. Are. Awesome.

Throwback Thursday – Phoenix

x-men phoenix marker and ink sketch from 2013

Today’s Throwback Thursday is going to reveal how much of an absolute hipster I am. Because here’s why I drew Phoenix from X-Men:

I’ve never read the comics that featured Phoenix. I only ever saw X-Men 3 for context for who Phoenix is. (And looking back on it, X-Men 3 wasn’t that good).

I drew Phoenix because of the aesthetic.

I wanted to play around with shadows and light on a superhero figure, and this sketch was the result. This was drawn back in 2013, so I’ve improved since then.

But yep – I’m a freakin’ hipster. Only hipsters would draw a character because they looked cool, not because of anything actually pertaining to the character.

So please forgive 2013 me.

Still, I wanted to share this so a) you could learn from my mistake, and b) because I’m actually pretty pleased with how this sketch came out.

If I ever do a redraw of this, I would change the character to someone whom I actually know and like.