For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of telling stories. Strange, twisted tales of violence and alien domination or slapstick parody involving a talking vegetable…I was all in.
I have always believed that a good story needs a good visual. In my younger days, the visual was more important than the content! As I grew, I realized that the opposite was true as well: a great visual needed a great story. So I would draw pictures and create stories to explain them.
Sadly, most of the stories from my misspent youth are gone forever, but not long ago I found several pieces of work that I wanted to share with you today. Not for their literary content, but for their artwork. In no particular order:
- The first is the picture of a character I invented at the age of 15 named Pasha Jones. She was a brash New York detective visiting London and got caught up in a war between police and two gangs over the contents of an urn-like alien vessel. This particular piece, however, is a reinterpretation of the character I drew in 2005 I thought lost.
- Next up is Fauge, a reincarnation of a dead alien (yeah, I had an alien thing going on A LOT back then.) He was the last survivor of his family (who were the last of their kind anyway) and in a strange twist of fate, he is killed and reborn as Fauge-defender of the universe. Saddled with an ancient alien war machine, he travels the universe on a hellbent rage against all of the forces of evil.
- And last, but certainly not least, a story I still remember putting into word form I read in the 1992 Doctor Who annual. The story involved The Seventh Doctor and his explosive wielding companion Ace being taken prisoner aboard a space freighter carrying very precious cargo: human embryos. As the embryo’s begin to mutate and attack the crew, it becomes exceedingly obvious that there is another, more sinister force at work as The Doctor’s old foes the Daleks appear from the shadows of the universe…
And there you have it. Just some of the artwork that still shapes the tales I tell today. So many more I’ve forgotten over the years, and so many more ahead. I look forward to sharing each and every one of them with you. And who knows? Maybe I’ll even begin to illustrate them again like I used to so long ago. After all, a story can be told either way. I’ll definitely keep you guys posted. Have an amazing day today, one and all. And God bless!