14 July 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics
Barbara Gordon

I drew Babs.

Specifically the new Batgirl costume designed by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr.

Also, yay! 1300th entry!


Cover for My Name Is Not A Number

17 June 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Books

David Leyman commissioned a cover recently for his new novella entitled My Name is Not a Number. I read it so I could do art direction for the cover myself and I thought this was his best work yet.

My Name is Not a Number.

My Name is Not a Number

And the cover turned out well too I think.


Ruthermore's Second and Third Covers

11 June 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Books, Misc Sci-Fi

After illustrating the cover of David Leyman's first "Ruthermore Heidigens" science fiction novella, Ruthermore Heidigens and the Fifth Planet, here are two more cover artwork from two other stories in the series, Ruthermore Heidigens and the Voices and Ruthermore Heidigens and the Nights at the Round Table - the former of which I made over a year ago but forgot to post here since.

Ruthergens Heidimore and the Voices!

Ruthermore Heidigens and the Voices

Ruthergens Heidimore and the Nights at the Round Table!

Ruthermore Heidigens and the Nights at the Round Table


Interior Art for Reign of the Descended

06 June 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
In the previous blog entry I posted the cover art I made for Heroic Journey Publishing's Mecha RPG: Reign of the Descended!

Currently available on DriveThruRPGReign of the Descended is a setting book for Chris Perrin's Mecha role-playing game. Long story short, it's a pastiche of Genesis Climber MOSPEADA and/or Robotech: Invid Invasion. Now here are interior art I made for the book.

ARX-14X multi-use armor, the transformable bike variant can be seen on cover
Guardian transformable fighter mecha
The Powell mecha as seen on cover
The Strongarm mecha
The Descended's Kichou mecha
The Descended's varied Shirei mecha as seen on cover
The Decended's headquarters Evoculous Hom

Check out Reign of the Descended on DriveThruRPG. Create more stories as you play to liberate the Earth from the scourge of the Descended.


Cover for Mecha RPG: Reign of the Descended

03 June 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

Heroic Journey Publishing's Mecha RPG: Reign of the Descended has been released on DriveThruRPG.

It's a setting book for Chris Perrin's Mecha role-playing game where players live in an apocalyptic aftermath of an alien invasion. The human resistance fighters are underpowered and badly armed, but with the power armour in their possession, the player characters can plan to fight the alien invaders and kick them off the Earth once and for all.

I drew its cover, which looks like this:

Even the aliens have powered armour!

Here is a glimpse of the cover process artwork:

I had to convince them that the sound effects will not be in the final artwork.

Check out the Reign of the Descended setting at DriveThruRPG!


Terror of Yolanda Comic Page Process

27 April 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics

Terror of Yolanda is a 10-page comic written by Angelia Ong for the Haiyan Benefit Anthology comic, which I pencilled and inked.

Here is a look at the process of getting page 7 together.

First I set the page size by pixel, lay the page out on GIMP from Angelia's script, and then pencil it with MyPaint. 

I digitally ink it on another layer with MyPaint and save the the final inks as a high resolution lossless format to be sent to the colourist.

Then Ryan Rhodes coloured it and Chris Johnson lettered it.

Voila. Page 7!

Ryan was the colourist of pages 6-10. Pages 1-5 was coloured by Lancelot Catan. The book is in the last stages of being put together by Phil Woodward to be released for the public soon. Watch for more posts on the Haiyan Benefit Anthology soon.


Invulnerable Super Hero RPG: Vigilante Edition

24 April 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

The Invulnerable Super Hero RPG: Vigilante Edtion game designed by Joshua Kubli has been released on DriveThruRPG. Head on down there to purchase it for some supers action in your own super powered setting or use the native setting that allows you to create supernatural heroes, science heroes, mutant heroes, robot heroes, alien heroes and anything else you can think of! Create legacy heroes to add depth to your setting!

Here is a glimpse of the artwork I made for the game.

Buy the book at DriveThruRPG!


Mister Beargguy III

03 April 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork

Here's my first ever fan art from the Mobile Suit Gundam multiverse.

It's not a Gundam. It's not a Zaku.

It's KUMA-03 Mr. Beargguy III from Gundam Build Fighters, the mobile suit Gunpla built and piloted by China Kousaka. 

Maybe Cindy Bear can pilot this mecha

Because Mr. Beargguy rocks.


Yaya's Super Frog

09 March 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Family Pics

Yaya drew a super hero of her own design for Sila's birthday earlier in the year.

I prettied it up some more for her. 

Or a toad!

Two Female SWAG Thieves

26 February 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

No, not art thieves on the Star Wars Artists' Guild. Just drawing two Star Wars thieves as requested by their players for the RPG!

My first SWAG requests for the year.

Denma Hawat

Denma Hawat

requested by "hiei252".

Lorin Dall


Lorin Dall

requested by IJ Thompson.


Wandrella - With Stats!

24 February 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

From the first ever Star Wars original novel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye by Alan Dean Foster, is the giant worm known as wandrella. It was visually defined by Chris Sprouse in the Dark Horse Comic adaptation mini-series. There is a link to the D6 stats below, and comparable (more or less) FFG stats are displayed beneath it.

Why would you not want your player characters face a giant slimy albino worm that couldburst out of the ground or a dark, dank cave during their adventures?

Look for wormsign!

Barri - With Stats!

10 February 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Like the space slug, the barri is another beast that lives in vacuum. A barri breaks down asteroids using its acid secretions with its mouth and absorb its nutrients. It can also propel itself by expelling gaseous waste underneath its quadridactyl base. (Yes. It farts though space between asteroids.) Being semi-sapient, it can form telepathic bonds with spacers allowing them permission to hitch intersystem rides on the hull of starships. It can also bestow instinctive astrogation figures to their mind-bonded spacers, giving them faster, better routes through hyperspace.

The creature first appeared in West End Games's Creature of the Galaxy in 1994. Its write-up and D6 stats can be found at pages 12-14. I have converted them (more or less) to Fantasy Flight Games' Edge of the Empire RPG system here.

Because the central theme of Edge of the Empire is spacers making a living in the galaxy, the barri would be a good creature to encounter in asteroid fields or in a cometary fragment when the navicomputer of a players' ship is busted. What if the barri has its own agenda? What if the barri decides to jump to an accretion disc of a black hole.

No relation to the Brubb homeworld

Night's Black Agents: Attack On Titan

13 January 2014 | Hisham | | Artwork, GOKL Actual Play, Nights Black Agents, RPG Actual Play, Role Playing Games

Previously, Nikolai Kaidanovsky, Sami Härkönen, Shiina "Misha" Mikado and Zlatan Kljujic were joined by the French thief Marcel Clouseau in Bucharest who once dealt with Inish Medical before their exile fro Romania. (Clouseau has been relegated to a non-player character as his player had moved out of town.)

At midnight, the agents met up with the freelance cleaner Brendan, who had worked with Misha and MI6 before in Eastern European black ops. Plenty of codewords were exchanged at the cafe between Misha and Brendan before trustworthiness was established. In the end though no one could tell if a codeword was being used.

Brendan said, "Thank you, I'll leave now."

Misha paused for a second then asked, "Is that a code phrase or are you actually leaving?"


DAY 04 Sunday

Before Dawn

Sami and Zlatan prepared to support Clouseau's undercover dog-catching job at the Harmony Wings apartment building near Lake Titan. Zlatan bought them all a Toblerone bar each in case they need to defend themselves against evil, mind-controlling vampire doggies down in the park. Meanwhile Sami prepared their gear. Nothing out of the ordinary. Just some GoPro cameras, scooter helmets, jogging suits, firearms, quadrotor drones, remote listening devices, improvised explosive devices and one RPO-A Shmel rocket launcher with a thermobaric warhead.

Never know when one would come in handy against vampire dogs.

It should read "Concealed Sidearm".

"This place looks worse than the first season of The Wire," Zlatan told Sami when they saw the condition of Harmony Wings. It was still dark when Clouseau and the other two hirelings Petru and Drago were met by Doctor Ana of Keller Training at the park. She led them through the trees by the decrepit 20-story building. It looked older than it was. It smelled worse than it looked. Other apartment blocks stood out among the trees of the park in the distance. Lake Titan was within eyeshot of the block. Connected to Harmony Wings by a pavement was an even worse looking building: the abandoned public swimming pool, its windows darkened by what appeared be extreme mildew.


BU-77, Fugitive ARC Trooper

01 December 2013 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

I once posted about BU-77 the ARC Trooper, my Star Wars D6 RPG character from the  Team: Sabredart campaign, complete with D6 stats.

Recently, I found a line art of BU-77 that I drew after became a fugitive from the Republic and wore a new costume he found aboard the Mandalorian Dungeon Ship Lost Hope. So I imported the drawing to GIMP and painted it up a bit.

Tempus Fugit

Cartol's Emporium

27 November 2013 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
A modified Nebulon-B escort frigate

Cartol's Emporium

Jegergryte did not wish to disturb me after I created artwork for his Edge of the Empire group, so he requested an artwork on SWAG. After a month or so without being picked up - and I had some free time to spare - I yoinked it

The drawing of the modified Kuat Drive Yards EF-76 Nebulon-B escort frigate would be used for the cover of his Edge of the Empire homebrewed supplement entitled Cartol's Emporium.

To make the Emporium seem busy with business, I also included other ships in the artwork. Ships from campaigns I ran or played in! Clockwise from lower left:

  • Nova Coyote - a Corellian YT-1760 from WOTC's Star Wars Gamer from Team Sabredart the SWAG Clone Wars D6 campaign.
  • A Bad Example - a SoroSuub Personal Luxury 3000 space yacht from A Bad Example in the Spacelanes our D6 campaign here a couple of years ago - originally used for Lando's Lady Luck and recently seen in The Clone Wars TV series.
  • Lava Jaeger - Corellian YT-1300 from the ongoing Edge of the Empire campaign I'm running for my son titled Edged By The Empire.
  • Firebird - a Mon Calamari MC4E jump freighter, the only original ship here from Strikeforce Enteague my very first campaign back in 1989. 

The supplement will be released December 2013. Watch this space for further announcements.


Jegergryte's Crew

17 November 2013 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Some months back, I drew some player characters for Jegergryte's Edge of the Empire RPG player characters. I pushed my digital painting abilities, exercising my skills so they would be closer to what they should be if I am to land better freelance art jobs.


Jace Maverick is a swashbuckler with a vibrorapier and a charming smile. I thought I'd give him a costume design resembling the Naboo Security Force's.

The Kraken

Thracken "The Kraken" Artox is a grimy Rodian gadgeteer with a cyborg eye and a MerrSonn Type-434 "DeathHammer" heavy blaster pistol which obviously has been through a lot.


Doc Ariela Mengalic a.k.a. Ghia Necil Zilar is a Colonist / Doctor. She has a Tenloss DXR-6 disruptor rifle, a medpac on her hip and a bandolier of ready-to-use stimpacks.


Walian "Blue" Mothma is a human Force sensitive assassin who wields a BlasTech A280 blaster rifle, with a underslung grenade launcher.

Che Rohn

Che Rohn is a Cathar thief who wields a Merr-Sonn Quick6 blaster pistol with a grappling hook launcher attachment and a wrist-mounted dart shooter.


SY-RS2003.12 is a unique pilot smuggler droid with a Thunderer T-6 blaster pistol.

These are awesome player character concepts. Wish I was in this campaign with these characters.


Eclipse Phase: Web of the Jorōgumo

28 October 2013 | Hisham | | Artwork, Eclipse Phase, GOKL Actual Play, RPG Actual Play, Role Playing Games

Eclipse Phase: Clouds of a Morning Star continued from the previous session at Wira Games and Hobbies.

Location: Aphrodite Prime, about 50 km above Venus' surface.

Active Gamera Security (GamSec) Personnel: DANAI and Wandering Ina (and Wandering Ina-α) the infomorphs, Boris Ivanov Rasputin the Second - a neo-hominid lawyer in the shaper morph, William Cable Jr. - paranoid terrorist in a neotenic pod morph and Hokusai Tarnungshaut - neo-octopus artist in a slitheroid morph.

Inactive PersonnelBadal Jones - Lunar Lagrange Alliance (LLA) envoy.

Mission: To provide security and investigative services to Badal's superior the LLA's ambassador during an art show at the Cumulus Hotel, where reclusive posthuman artist Marquis d’Homem-Christos would be showcasing alien sculptures he collected from the extraterrestrial Factors. LLA had intercepted a vague communique about a terrorist attack during the event and would like the attack thwarted. Their secondary mission was to help Gretchen Ambelina of Pax Familae by covertly disrupting the Marquis' event which will deal a blow to the terraforming efforts of Venus, something the Solid Ground Initiaive (SGI) was a proponent of, and what Venusian terrorist groups like the Free Fall Network (FFN) were against.

Crossposted on Obsidian Portal.

The Flurry of Planning Activities

Badal Jones stayed close to Karamojo Bell, his fellow Lunar ally and self-fashioned big game hunter from the Mare Imbrium Credit Union, whose biomorph killed during the battle with the flexbot combiner at the Ikea-Tata Constructions site at the Aviary. Unfortunately for Badal, Bell in his new morph has a new fun hobby: to get infected with tailored extinct diseases, enjoy the suffering and then purge the disease before the end. If he died from the disease, he would just happily resleeve in a new morph and enjoy a new disease all over again.

The Gamera Security table

Elsewhere, Cable was just finishing up in a healing vat in a hospital, the medichines in his body expediting the treatment. Hokusai arrived to visit with some flowers. Unsure what to do with the flowers, he dumped the entire bouquet over the top of Cable's vat. Boris arrived shortly just in time to see flower petals drift down toward Cable's face.

Then Cable munched on them.

Back at the airship in his sheldon morph, Ina was preparing to unleash his DDOS attack onto the whole aerostat city's security systems. When Aphrodite Prime's systems would be under attack, it was hoped that the FFN's embedded agent would be flushed out. Meanwhile, out in the skies over Aphrodite Prime, a regatta was underway. Sleek, lighter-than-air racing dirigibles were circling the city's airspace.

Suddenly, the GamSec mesh network alerted them that the Marquis d'Homem Christos was now farcasting into his body all the way from his asteroid 163693 Atira. Isolated within the Marquis' resleeving computer in Total Rekall Resleeving Inc., DANAI and Ina-α were ready for action.


Mecha Kaiju Cover

20 October 2013 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

After producing some interior artwork for Heroic Journey Publishing's Mecha Mercenaries last year, they commissioned some more artwork for their new supplement, Kaiju: A Mecha Supplement of Terrible Creatures and Giant Fighting Robots to be released in the near future.

Click here to check out Mecha Mercenaries at RPGNow. You would require the Chris Perrin's Mecha RPG core rule book to run the game.

Check out the cover of the mecha Experimental XJ-13 versus the spaceborne kaiju Taoitora below.

XJ-13 vs. Taoitora

Painting Plates

19 October 2013 | sila | | Artwork

Since Yaya loves doing artwork so much (just like a certain Pak Yope of hers), we found a place nearby, Paintbrush Pottery, where you can choose something ceramic (a plate, figurine, etc.), paint it, and they would fire it up and glaze it for you. It was a nice Saturday afternoon surprise activity for Yaya. She wasted no time in choosing an owl plate to paint and an angry bird figurine for Adik.

Painting the owl plate


16 September 2013 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

The Pui-ui was a sapient species created by Brian Daley for his 1980 novel Han Solo and the Lost Legacy. (I love the book. I've even ran games that took different gaming groups to Dellalt a few times.) I searched the internet for pictures of them but none was to be found. So I thought I'd paint some simple sketches of the alien. According to the Wookieepedia article there were two versions descibed in two different versions of A Guide to the Star Wars Universe.

There were suggestions on Twitter for me to draw both versions. So here they are, each with character ideas for RPGs.

Pui-ui Gunslinger

Pui-ui Gunslinger, Velasco variant.

For a larger view at DeviantArt, click here.

Pui-ui Explorer

Pui-ui Explorer, Slaviscek variant.

For a larger view at DeviantArt, click here.