Illustration Friday: Under The Sea

29 April 2006 | Hisham | | Artwork
Here's another Illustration Friday artwork for the weekend, entitled Under The Sea. It's fully made in Photoshop within 40 minutes and with me about 45% conscious. So what's under the sea? It could well be what's in this picture.


Illustration Friday: Robot

22 April 2006 | Hisham | | Artwork

I pencilled, inked, scanned and colored this piece in around 3 hours. Not just a robot, this model of humanoid artificial intelligence is also a transport to school, a bully deterrent, an escort through a minefield, a full-spectrum sensor and communication suite, and a piano tuner.


Illustration Friday: Monster

25 March 2006 | Hisham | | Artwork
Yet another entry for Illustration Friday featuring the topic Monster, this artwork displays the city-leveling, destructive rampage of a fearsome, gigantic chick. Yes, a gigantic, adorable, yellow-feathered chick that hatched from an egg. Of course the fun would only begin when its mother of proportionate size comes to a-looking for the infant.


Illustration Friday: Insect

04 March 2006 | Hisham | | Artwork
It's been a while since I submitted something for Illustration Friday. So here's the first for 2006, I believe.

I came up with it quick and dirty, taking only about 45 minutes to whip this up. Apologies to all rhinoceros beetles worldwide for any discrepancies in anatomy.

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The Crew of the Wild Gundark

11 January 2006 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars, Wild Gundark

Never let it be said I ran the Wild Gundark game without having at least one group illustration done for the team. Clockwise from top left, Groo McShae the Duros sensor tech, Similiv Zalimort the Kerestian first mate, Captain Nisa Dyaton the pilot, Aleic Karnsky the gunner, N4-M8 the mercenary and Wayang Kulit the Jawa droid tech specialist. Click below to view the image.

The Crew of the Wild Gundark

Illustration Friday: Blue

04 December 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
Here's an Illustration Friday piece with the subject title of "blue". The young lady, bathed in blue light, is also feeling a little blue. Click on the thumbnail to view larger image.


A quick and dirty Photoshop painting; no photo references (and it shows... danged shadows in the wrong places). Time taken: About 45 minutes.

Future Player's Companion: Tomorrows' Evolution

29 November 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
The Game Mechanics

The last of the series of three Future Player's Companion books is now released: Future Player's Companion: Tomorrow's Evolution. Written by Gary Astleford, Neil Spicer and Rodney "Moridin" Thompson and co-illustrated by Jacob Elijah Walker, the supplement to Wizards of the Coast's d20 Modern and d20 Future has all you need for advanced sci-fi characters from cybernetic enhancement to new gadgets to effects of drugs and medicine in a science fiction setting.


COBRA's Crimson Guard

24 November 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Friends
Here is another painting and deviantArt upload I made in the last couple of days. COBRA's elite Crimson Guard platoon with its leader unmasked, who is based on my pal Shane Welin, companion of Duckie, who's in a G.I. Joe mood this month.

Click on the link under the image below to view its deviantArt page.
Crimson Guard Platoon Leader

Crimson Guard Platoon Leader

I Painted Over The Weekend

21 November 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
Over the weekend when I'm not in class, I tried painting some more artwork digitally and upload them to my deviantArt site. Here are three of the paintings I did. Two are original works while the third is a frame grab-referenced Gollum from Return of the King. Click on the image title under each picture to view a larger version hosted at deviantArt.

Red Dragon
Red Dragon

Cyborg Self Repair
Cyborg Self Repair

A Happy Sméagol
A Happy Sméagol

Here's a Moria Orc

16 November 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
... as designed by the cool kids at Weta Workshop, using a solid black Photoshop brush, thickness keyed to stylus pressure. So it's my first fully digital black and white piece posted in these here parts. The reference source is a screen capture of one of the Orcs surrounding the Fellowship just before the appearance of the Balrog in Moria.


Harloth Graf, Naboo Guard

14 November 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork, Friends, Star Wars
Here's a portrait of Harloth Graf the Naboo Guard in the Star Wars RPG Sabredart campaign I posted earlier, using Photoshop to pencil and paint the piece. I wish I had a better photo reference of player Stu Cunningham for it, though. Close enough, Stu? Or more work needed? ;-)

Harloth Graf of Naboo

Illustration Friday: Night

06 November 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
Illustration Friday time again, and this time the topic is Night.

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Illustration Friday: Remote

27 October 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
Not just remote, but cold, lonely and desolate as well. Click on the thumbnail below to view the whole image.


Illustration Friday: Cold

17 October 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
Another Illustration Friday entry, with the subject title "Cold". How could a person be sent out walking the plank in his shorts in space? With the closest star being just a faraway glow, our friend here should be in quite a cold spot.

It's freezing without your spacesuit on.

Click on the thumbnail above to view the complete image. Media: Digital painting.

Illustration Friday: Lost

13 October 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
My first Illustration Friday submission for 3 weeks and I'm late for it. It's almost time for the next topic to come up. This week's topic is "Lost"... and there's only one thing that came up in my mind when I heard of the topic: One of my favourite TV shows on the air right now.

Click on the thumbnail above to view a larger image. Media: Digital painting using Photoshop, with image references from screencaps of season 1 episode 4 "Walkabout".

Voyage of the Flying Couch

12 October 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
Here's a single piece of artwork that I came up on a whim in about 2 hours. A girl's adventures to faraway lands on her flying couch. Imagine the possibilities. Maybe there's an actual story to be written there somewhere, and made into a book. I shall ruminate on it on my armchair.

Future Player's Companion: Tomorrow's Hero

23 September 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork,, Recent News, Role Playing Games

The Game Mechanics
Apart from Future Player's Companion: Tomorrow's Hero, the second of three books released by The Game Mechanics, being released and on sale at, I've also took my old gallery at Geocities, modified it, gave it a proper banner, updated some details and relocated it here at

The Hishgraphics Gallery can be found at

In the meantime, here are three four of the artwork from Future Players' Companion, Volume 2. Click on... to view them.


Illustration Friday: Escape

16 September 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork

Escape is the topic of this week's Illustration Friday. Two convicts sneak out stealthily of a watery tunnel near a prison from which they've just broken out. All they have to do is make it undetected into the woods. But how will they avoid from being beamed by a searchlight?

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Breakout in the Dark


Illustration Friday: Depth

11 September 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork

Another Illustration Friday, another illustration. The topic for this week is depth. I'm trying add another layer to the concept of depth in this piece of artwork. Desolation? Fear of the unknown? What are those doing in the bottom of the ocean? How did it come to pass? An illustration somewhat less colourful and more morose than the art I made for the e-book posted previously.


Illustration Friday: Roots

02 September 2005 | Hisham | | Artwork
Here's a quick one using Photoshop, a whole lot of solid layers and brushes, a bit of color dodge. It's nothing profound and nothing I'm trying to say. It's just a graphic tablet exercise without any pre-planned sketches off or on the computer. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image.

Sleeping Child