I love drawing tentacles, and spirals. My hand just naturally warms up with spirals when sketching. Here’s one example of a spontaneous sketch of the Kraken:
Here are a few quick sketches – mostly older spontaneous doodles. The John Carter sketch below was the first one I did for the book illustration, but there were already plenty of Carter-versus-Thark images submitted, so they went with my landscape one (https://meinerthansen.com/2011/10/01/john-carter-of-mars/).
This was a book project I started a few years ago. It’s the story of a stormy world where wispy cloud dwellers and rugged land dwellers coexist, unaware of each other’s existence. One day, a Sky-dweller discovers a brave Land-dweller climbing a mountain. It’s the story of how these two find a way to meet. I was told there was a similar Japanese animated story, so I dropped it. Still haven’t found it, but there is an animated film, unrelated, called Skyland. I may revisit this and call it something else.
I’ve decided to clean up some older work and post them here. This one was fun to do – it’s an alien world, it’s got stars, ruins, rings in the sky and the obligatory guy with a staff. I’m happy with the way his helmet refracts the sky. It was an old trick of holding up a glass bulb to the artwork on my screen and getting the real reflections and photographing it.