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Drawings from “Ancient Borea”
Sword & Sorcery / High Phantasy / Dark Phantasy
(c. 1999 — present)
Ancient Borea, or The Palæoboreanic World, refers to a period of Mediterranean history between c. 400,000 and 300,000 B.C.E. The ancient Boreans, or Palæoboreanic peoples as they are more properly known, were not anatomically modern Homo sapiens sapiens, but rather a species only slightly more closely related to us than the Neanderthals. They were called Homo borealis, or Homo sapiens borealis, depending upon whether you prefer to split up or lump together the more recent hominid species. They were once the evolutionary frontrunners of our family tree, acheiving a quasi-medieval level of technology before finally going extinct. We are what evolved to replace them.
Inspirations included The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Illiad & Odyssey, Hesiod’s Theogeny, the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Virgil, Horace, and Ovid, Beowulf, the Poetic Edda, Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda, Jacobus da Varagine’s Golden Legend, Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, James Frazer’s The Golden Bough, and Eric Rücker Eddison’s The Worm Ouroboros.
For more information, see Ancient Borea.
Drawings from “The Nocturnals”
Paranormal Science Fiction / Urban Phantasy
(c. 2001 — 2008)
Inspired by the works of Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and H. P. Lovecraft, classic B-grade horror movies like Evil Dead II and Return of the Living Dead, more mainstream films like Poltergeist and Gremlins, children’s books like R. L. Stine’s Fear Street and Goosebumps, and television shows like Scooby Doo, Twin Peaks, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Eerie, Indiana, this paranormal fantasy took place in the small town of Oddfellows, Washington. I didn’t think of a name for the titular paranormal investigation group itself until relatively late in the creation process, and had originally titled their first adventure simply as “Oddfellows”, but ended up naming the investigation team “The Nocturnals” after a paranormal investigation group I was a part of from 2000-2002 or so, and began working on a prequel (or would it be an interquel, since the first adventure still hadn’t been completed yet?).
For more information, see The Nocturnals.
Drawings from “Red the Blue Devil”
Bangsian Phantasy / Mythological Phantasy
(c. 2000 — present)
All of these are as they appeared 2000, with the exception of Hades. I did not color Hades until relatively recently, in 2016. Diablo and Medusa were both partially colored in 2000. All of the inking was done in 2000. They were not done in pencil first. Just free-hand inking.
Drawings from “The Antediluvian Epoch”
Mythological Phantasy / Biblical Phantasy
(c. 1994 — 1997)
An “historical” phantasy I did when I was still a Christian, based on the antediluvian world that ostensibly existed prior to the Noahic deluge.