Category Archives: Sketch of the Day

Commission: Wonderland

The client wishes to remain anonymous, but the illustration was for two of the main characters to be fighting off invading card soldiers from Wonderland:


Custom Illustration: Arrow Wolf

I think I forgot to post this one a few weeks back when I was finished with it, but "Arrow Wolf" is a character by Brad Carter. Here's the HeroMachine 3 version he sent me:


The description I got was:

Arrow-Wolf is an archer and a swordsman his costume is a mix between indian and a knight his companion is Jackle the legendary black wolf id like him to be in the pic to if that's extra money no problem I want the costume for arrow-wolf to be somewhat diff I had an idea of his hood being made out of a wolf's hide his eyes would be looking out of where the wolf's eyes would be and he wears warpaint ... arrow wolf is about 5'11 200lbs of muscle kinda athletic built I told you about the hood I wanted for him but im not sure if its gonna look right or not so we can play witht he idea though he has arrows and small throwing knives he uses as his gadgets ...

We did a bit of back and forth on the design and ultimately we ended up with this illustration:


Remember, you can order your own custom color character illustration here, it's just $50 for one figure.

Custom Illustration: Demora

Another commissioned piece for Brad Carter, his arch-villain Demora. Here's the original HM3 version:



And here's the final piece:


If you like it, please let Brad know in the comments. And if you want your own commissioned piece of artwork, you can find out more here!

Electrium vs. Surge

I worked with Brad Carter on another illustration of his characters, this time featuring the speedsters Electrium and Surge. He gave me the following writeup of what he wanted:

I want another battle scene but this time instead of 2 powerhouses it is 2 speedsters Surge and Electrium.

Surge's powers: Runs at the speed of light (fastest human alive) a skilled combatant snd get generate and manipulate positive lightning (lightning that comes from the sky) he can also utilize electronics byusing his lightning powers. his suit is made out of pure energy (no spandex) in the concepts you will see lighting bolts on his costume those glow with lightning energy running through them. Surge stand at 6'11 about 185lbs of athletic ness he's not muscle bound like titan but he is not skinny either he is the perfect build for an athletic speed runner

Electrium's powers: electrium is basically the reverse surge he has the same exact powers and capabilities the only difference is electrium can control negative lightning (which comes from the ground) and is more devastating then positive lightning his suit is also made out of energy the same way so no spandex the basically have energy based armor suits kinda like the green lanterns suit is made out of energy so around that concept. elstrium is the same size and build as surge.

basically the battle will be on the ground and they will be running side by side with lightning coming off of them symbolizing how fast they are going I want electrium to be running kinda leaned back ready to throw a lightning fist at surge and have surge in front of electrium as if he got a few steps ahead of him and jumped in the air while running to hit electrium with a lighting fist as well however if you think of a better idea we can do that as well have like a blured building in the background or something to make it look like they are running super fast I will send you the concepts of them

Brad also provided the following HM reference photos:

With that as our starting point, we were off to the races! So to speak. Ahem. I don't have the process photos to show you but the final result turned out pretty well. I ended up doing the coloring in Photoshop, which is a bit of a new approach for me.


Titan vs. Demora

I recently completed another commissioned illustration for an awesome guy currently serving the US overseas. Here is the description we started with:

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Half-Elven Victorian Detective

Another Reddit /r/characterdrawing sketch. The original description was:

She's a major character in a book that I'm currently writing, sort of the enigmatic Sherlock Holmes/Special Agent Pendergast type character that trouble always seems to follow or she always stirs up somehow. Just as a costume note she wears pants rather than a dress for practical purposes.

Go nuts.



Sophomoric Humor

Over on /r/characterdrawing, someone made the following request:

Hello everyone. This is my first post here, but somehow my players have themselves convinced that there's a dwarven soccer team involved in my current campaign. It might be some cryptic clues I've given them, but is there anyone out there who might be willing to sketch a dwarf playing soccer that I might use as the logo for the campaign online?

Thanks very much for your time.

So I came up with this. Yes, it's immature, but then again, so am I. Apologies to anyone finding it offensive.


Carlako, half-elf fighter

The description from the original Reddit request was:

One of the first characters for another of my sons.
Carlako is a female half-elf with blue eyes and red hair, garbed in elven chainmail armor. She wields a pair of longswords in battle, the first one burning with blue flames, the second one traced with blue lightning.

And here's what I came up with:


Blank Bodies for Hand-Drawn Illustrations

In the process of cleaning up some hard drive space, I came across some body outlines I drew back in 2006. I cleaned them up a bit and provide them here for downloading and printing. These are not part of HeroMachine 3, they're just for folks who want to hand-draw (or use the computer with something like Paint if you want) outfits but need a body to hang them on.

These are all transparent PNGs so if you do want to use them in a painting application, they're easy to isolate from the background.

A sewer-dwelling urban wizard/druid half-orc

As motivation to sketch more, I've been fulfilling requests from /r/characterdrawing. Here's the one I did today:


The original description was:

Ozmuk Was a runt of an orc. Picked on by his brothers and sneered at by his elders, he would grow to despise them all. His only refuge was the old man in the Cabin. The Old man taught Ozmuk the art, and the dirty deeds he sought for payment were not too steep a price. Perhaps he even could grow to care for this Old Man. Then the Druid came and changed things forever. The old man burned. In order to survive, the young Ozmuk clung to the only one he knew - the killer. Soon after he was set free to return to his Tribe. They rejected him, of course. His pain grew too strong and he soon killed his brothers and parents. Ozmuk trusts few beings other than his rat, Dido. he spends most his time in the sewers of the cities so he can sneak into libraries to further his arcane knowledge. Recently he has been kidnapped and made a slave on a pirate ship. He is plotting, and he has already murdered 4 of the crew in their sleep.

Villains are fun to draw!