Sunday, December 6, 2009

Prince Rameses






Before he is Pharaoh, The Prince sits on his father's throne and dreams of glory.

Model: Billy Payne
Ref Photographer: James C. Lewis

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Morrigan




The Morrigan is the Celt goddess of war and strife, one of the original Tautha De Danann tribe of immortals who defeated the Fir Bolg after arriving in Britain in great flying ships. A dark and often heartless goddess, her ravens circle the battlefield while she enflames battle-lust on whichever side she favors.

Commission. Model: Claudia Christian

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Excalibur




Excalibur is the magical sword bestowed on King Arthur by the Lady of the Lake whose edge none could resist, and whose scabbard, when laid upon a wound, could heal.

In this scene, the Lady of the Lake offers the sword of kings to Arthur while he is bathing in the lake. He does not waste time accepting this magical gift. In the background, the apple-tree cloaked isle of Avalon appears from the mist. When Arthur dies some years from now, his body will be borne here by many queens.

It is said he will rise one day when Britain is in its greatest need.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lord Winter




Something for the holidays. It's a concept character piece for my upcoming graphic novel.

The model is my friend Darko Ranogajec from Zurich.

Merry Yule!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Freya




Freya is the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war, death and fertility. Among the fairest of the goddesses in Asgard. Freya is usually depicted with blond hair, but I preferred Claudia's natural auburn to contrast the white horse.

Commission for Actress Claudia Christian, who is also the model.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Apollo




"I am the son of the King concealed in a swan
offspring of deceit who speaks only the Truth
driver of the fire-spoked everlasting sun
whose rays limn the faces of all beardless youth

I am the avenger of the honor of mothers
my arrows rain down as plague-silver sleet
and yet---a gentle-light healing to others
the dreamer of futures that all men must meet

I am the tenth voice among the nine sisters
leader of Helicon's heavenly choral
poor Daphne ran when I once tried to kiss her
and hid her rare beauty inside of the laurel

I am the god who was once overpowered
by the sweet embrace of a young man I found
Each drop of his blood I formed into a flower
after the jealous west-wind struck him down

I am he who guided the hand of Paris
pierced the heel of Achilles, battle-crazed
in the war began by the words "to the fairest"
whose city-walls, with Posiedon, my labors once raised

I am the brother of the sister-moon mysterious
twin of the shadow who hunts in the fog
she, caught bathing, then grew so furious
that the voyeur was torn apart by his dogs

I am the lord of silver-words always prized
through time and memory, poem and song
remember me when light gets caught in your eyes
and sing this paen at the break of dawn.

I am Apollo."


Closeup preview of an art editorial and interview I did for Apollo Male Models magazine, August 09 issue. The phenomenal photographer who shot the references is Hotsnapz
the model is John May. The entire spread will be featured once it's released in print.

http://www.apollomalemodels.com/

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Souls On Fire

Commission for Models Jacques G and Hayley
Original Photography: Hotsnapz

Monday, April 27, 2009

Faun





Fauns are, in Roman mythology, the equivalent of Greek Satyrs. They are spirits of the wild forest. This one is covered with many animal totems as the energies of the faery woods bathes him in otherworld light. The butterfly signifies the beauty of nature, the serpent his strength. The scorpion represents his ability to harm those who harm the woods, and the eagle his wide-flung senses. The spider grants him wisdom while the honeybee on his forearm warns of his sexual potency.

Speedpaint, for relaxation.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Solitude





















When I was a kid, I saw the Superman films with Christopher Reeve and was literally lifted to a new level of imagination. Whatever your feelings about the films now, they were groundbreaking. Not only in the area of special effects, but in opening the door to the superhero genre that continues today.

In this painting, the son of the planet Krypton stands in the cold solitude of the North Pole. His Fortress of Solitude bristles its crystal spires in the distance. He's taking a breather from the hectic business of saving human beings from themselves.

This is fan art.