Other half’s birthday this week, so there will be a short hiatus in the regular posting schedule whilst I do preparation-type things like present wrapping etc, like a good husband

(‘What regular schedule?!?’ I hear you cry. Yes, well, I think we’re all well aware by now that erratic should be one of my middle names. All I can say is I will endeavour to impart one post a week for your predilection, but no promises on when it will appear. I’m afraid my life simply doesn’t lend itself to a reliable schedule. Sorry people.)

In lieu of having time to write anything more involved, I’d like to share the following, which anyone who has been by my facebook page recently will have already seen. I drew it last December, in the run up to the release of The Hobbit, following my reacquaintance with one of John Howe’s pieces of Smaug the Golden. This is not he, but some other golden dragon (no, he’s not from the book I’m writing at the moment either).


Sleeping Gold


Calm after the storm

Hey everyone. A very (belated) Merry Christmas to you all, hope it went well for those of you that celebrate. And for those of you that don’t, I hope you had a nice day off.

Not had time to do much over the last week or so other than eat, work (at day job, sadly) and sleep, but I did manage to produce the attached as a treat to myself for getting all my chores done last Friday. Thought I’d share.

Happy Holidays people, chat to you probably in the New Year.


Paul on bike with Scorch

Beyond the Thunderdome

So I spent my Sunday afternoon sketching out the above. Reason for this was two-fold:

1. I like drawing dragons.

2. I needed to get sorted in my head properly how the Drakes look, before I click buttons and make my choices final.

Reasonably happy with how this one came out. Apologies about the quality of the image – I drew it on A3, as wanted to be able to get as much of the wing detail in as possible but still be able to do the body justice. Unfortunately this means that I can’t scan the image (as I would otherwise do), as my scanner only takes A4.

Still, you get the idea.

This sketch also did that thing a lot of my better artwork does where it started out well, then all seemed to go a bit pooh in the middle, but turned out fine in the end. Have learnt through many years of trial and tribulation to ignore the middle bit, where I think its all a bit shit, and power through to the end, as 9 times out of 10 it ends up brilliantly.

Art is a messy process, its not gona look pretty in the middle.

Can’t help feeling that this particular dragon (who isn’t supposed to be any of the characters from the book) has ended looking just a teensy bit like Tina Turner (hence the title). I think its the hatching over the eyes (supposed to be eyebrow spines), and the slight pout that do it.

That and the scary warrior queen markings it’s got going on.

Anyway, I’m off to be stabbed with needles.