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Updated on August 9, 2014

Latest Works I'm Most Proud Of

So, as I've said in another article, some time ago, about how I Wish I Could Draw, I had a bit of an epiphany about what I'd like to be doing with my time, and how I'd like to spend my future. I won't go into too many details, as you can read the article. However, the major focal point had to do with me learning to draw, and moving forward with it as best I could. So, here I am, some time later, and I've drawn quite a bit, and I'd like to show off just a little (wink).

You see, I've drawn quite a few pieces, and I believe they are ready to be viewed, and critiqued by whomever would like to take a look, and take a shot. Trust me, good or bad, and can take it.

So, without further ado, below is a list of my best pieces to date. Please take a look, and thank you for taking the time.

Some Mood Music

Sword Six

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Sword Six, is the epic, and flawed, character of an animated story I'd like to someday do.  This is his head shot that I did.Here's the original sketch of the Sword Six head shot.
Sword Six, is the epic, and flawed, character of an animated story I'd like to someday do.  This is his head shot that I did.
Sword Six, is the epic, and flawed, character of an animated story I'd like to someday do. This is his head shot that I did.
Here's the original sketch of the Sword Six head shot.
Here's the original sketch of the Sword Six head shot.

You can get Sword 6 on a T-shirt, if you'd like to check out my Zazzle Page.

Sky Dogs Album Cover

Sky Dog's Album Cover
Sky Dog's Album Cover

This is the Album Cover for the sci-fi Southern rock band the Sky Dogs. I know it sounds a little crazy, but imagine the guy who first painted the picture of dogs playing cards. This one was inspired by an anime movie called Redline. It's a movie about car racing, and the opening sequence occurs on an alien planet, and sees sort of a dog man wearing an old fighter pilot's helmet, and peeling peanuts waiting for the cars to zip by. For whatever reason, I just started thinking about a dog rock band that kind of resembled Lynyrd Skynyrd, and all of a sudden, Sky Dogs was born.

Each of the members of the band has a name, and if you go to my DeviantArt page, you'll see they each have their own album covers, as if they did solo efforts. This is my most recent work thus far, and it took a lot of time. The pickup truck behind the guys actually took the most work. It took me days to get the rust and the faded color that I was happy with. Either way, this is by far the picture I've done that I'm most happy with.

The Books That I Always Have at My Side

The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor
The Book of Inkscape: The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor

Inkscape is a freeware vector drawing tool, and this book is the definitive guide to handling it.

 
The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything
The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything

Gimp is the freeware equivalent to Photoshop, and this book is almost indispensable to getting all of the necessary info on how to use it.

 
Figure It Out! The Beginner's Guide to Drawing People (Christopher Hart Figure It Out!)
Figure It Out! The Beginner's Guide to Drawing People (Christopher Hart Figure It Out!)

If you want to know how to draw out figures, this is the book to getting started.

 

Rayne Dancer Eclipse

Rayne Dancer Eclipse
Rayne Dancer Eclipse

Rayne Dancer is a gorgeous exotic dancer from Australia, who is one of my Facebook friends. She routinely posts pictures of herself working, and I was immediately attracted to the one that inspired this picture, because of the colors of course. Get your mind out of the gutter. I drew it up, and gave it a wild space background. It took a couple weeks for me to get her permission, because, as I assume, she has a great deal of mail from people to sort through each day. Either way, I finally got in touch with her. Her response to the picture was, "Wow." And she gave me permission to post it.

You can find Rayne Dancer on Facebook, here.

Planet Hesher

Planet Hesher
Planet Hesher

This is one of my earlier works. I did it in Gimp, and it is inspired by an animated story that I'd someday like to do. This is the planet Hesher, which is a stormy world, because it's moon was partially destroyed by a meteor. This has caused the planet to become fairly unstable, so that's why it's kind of crazy looking.

Cracked Moon Over Hesher Plains

Cracked Moon Over Hesher Plains
Cracked Moon Over Hesher Plains

Much like the previous picture, this one is inspired by the animated story that I'd like to someday do. It's on the grounds on the planet Hesher, where not much vegetation can grow. You can see the cracked moon in the image as well. This was also done in Gimp.

This was done very early in my journey to develop my skill, so you can probably tell, my abilities to handle depth weren't all there, just yet. There are a few things about this picture I'm not entirely happy about, but I still like it enough to consider it one of my best.

Amazon Vs. Android

Amazon Vs. Android
Amazon Vs. Android

This is a picture I penciled out a long time ago. I was trying to capture some kind of action, at the time, and gain some ability to try and draw figures without drawing the entire bodies at once. Someone once told me, to get an action shot correct, you need to know your characters, and then draw them into the shot as just stick figures to get their placement and proportions correct. So, this picture is kind of my attempt at this. It's an early attempt at this, so that's why the proportions aren't exactly perfect.

This was an early picture I did in Inkscape. I prefer to work in Inkscape, because it gives me a lot more versatility.

Wild Space Art

Wild Space Art
Wild Space Art

As you can likely tell, this one looks fairly similar to the Sky Dogs picture. Well, that's because it is. This is the background, but it took so long, and this one in particular is much bigger, that I consider this to be one of my best, as well.

It was done in Inkscape, and I used more tricks here than I've ever used before. There's a number of gradient effects to get the globes to display the way they do, the lightning is using something called an L-System, there's a lot of texturing, some fades, and quite a few other tricks to get it to look the way it does. So, I'm kind of proud of how this came out.

The Tools I Always Have By My Side

Pro Art 3078 18-Piece Sketch/Draw Pencil Set
Pro Art 3078 18-Piece Sketch/Draw Pencil Set

This pencil set is loaded, and an inexpensive alternative to the professional quality brands.

 
X-Acto 16750 Battery-Powered Pencil Sharpener, Black
X-Acto 16750 Battery-Powered Pencil Sharpener, Black

This is a four-battery portable electric pencil sharpener that'll get your tips sharp.

 
Strathmore 400-4 400 Series Drawing Pad, 9"x12" Wire Bound, 24 Sheets
Strathmore 400-4 400 Series Drawing Pad, 9"x12" Wire Bound, 24 Sheets

You need strong paper, and the price is right too.

 

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Boneworld T-Shirt From Zazzle
Boneworld T-Shirt From Zazzle

Where To Find Boneworld

If you like what you see, please stop by and take a look at either my DeviantArt page for some prints, or possibly my Zazzle page, if something else might interest you, like a t-shirt or poster.

For Boneworld on DeviantArt, please go to http://boneworld.deviantart.com/.

For Boneworld on Zazzle, please go to http://www.zazzle.com/boneworld.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look, and please let me know what you think in the comments below.

I'd love to hear what you think.

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      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @reasonablerobby: Gimp can feel very uncomfortable at first. I felt the same way until I worked through a number of lessons. But now I feel comfortable with the controls and I've come to love the burn and dodge tools, as well as some of the other things.

      But Sketchbook Pro is the best. I wish I had a license for it, but I'm too cheap to buy it. Anyone I've talked to says it's the closest to drawing and painting you can get on a computer. I'm jelly, bro. Good for you!

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      reasonablerobby 

      4 years ago

      Great story and some excellent resources. I've looked at GIMP and thought it was very complicated so I might try that book. I'm dabbling with the sketchbook pro app and if I turn out anything good I'll be posting it to my zazzle products too. Not that good at the nomen though. Love the mood music :) it a track that my friends skiffle band in the UK called Please Yr'Self play :)

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      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @delia-delia: Thank you, and I agree. I am most comfortable with paper and pencil. But graphic art is fun, and it turns out real well sometimes. The colors can be amazing, and you avoid the clean up ;)

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      Delia 

      4 years ago

      Interesting art! You're quite good at this! I've never taken the time to do computer art, guess I'd rather do my paintings by hand on paper...

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      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @John Dyhouse: Thank you, I appreciate it! That seems the most popular. It's kind of ironic, because I did it very early on using Gimp, and later I decided to try to only use Inkscape, because I felt I'd have more control of my lines. But you're right. I haven't been able to create anything with the same kind of depth and texture.

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      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @John Dyhouse: I certainly am. I am having a great time. Thanks for stopping by!

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      John Dyhouse 

      4 years ago from UK

      BTW I liked the cracked moon etc, very atmospheric.

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      John Dyhouse 

      4 years ago from UK

      Congrats on these drawings, you are obviously enjoying your hobby

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Great work! I like Cracked Moon of Hesher Plains very much. I like that you continue to move forward with your drawing and then hope to animate. Stick with it and learn the animation programs well. I know someone who took the time (a lot of time) and did just that. He now creates really good animations -all self drawn and taught. Of course, I know you know there are great lectures on youtube and several books out there that teach about animation. I watched several with my friend and thought they were all pretty cool. As for me, "I wish I could draw." ehehe -never really practiced so of course I can't. Again, nice work :)

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      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @flycatcherrr: Thank you! Rayne was a great model. I couldn't have done it without her.

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      flycatcherrr 

      4 years ago

      Deft foreshortening there on Rayne, with the viewer looking up at her. Very impressive!

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      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @Natalie W Schorr: Thanks for the kind words. I like the way Rayne came out too, probably because I actually had a model to go by. Anyway, thanks so much!

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      Natalie W Schorr 

      4 years ago

      Very cool! Rayne Dancer Eclipse is my favorite.

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      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @mel-kav: Thanks, so much. I appreciate it. There's more coming up, pretty soon.

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      mel-kav 

      4 years ago

      Great work!

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      Jackson Thom 

      4 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      @MarathonRunning: You are absolutely right. I will continue to do that. It's tough to get it right, but I do work on that a lot. My next round will be a little sharper. Thank you. I appreciate it.

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      Martina 

      4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Your usage of colors is very nice, but you could work on improving face drawing.

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