Another F-Sharp Bell

28 June 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics

On Twitter, Calamity Jon Morris wanted to see more designs of alien Green Lantern Corpsmen, so I thought why not create another visually blind Lantern of the F-Sharp Bell Corps.

Toku-Taka Togg

Like Rot Lop Fan, this original alien named Toku-Taka Togg of Space Sector 0073, has no sense of sight nor the concept of light and colours.


Bookmarks for Orphans

21 June 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics

Last weekend, Irfan's aunt Cik Emma was involved with some communit activity with her friends at Pulau Pinang. They performed voluntary community service to the residents of Rumah Seri Cahaya, an orphanage at Batu Maung.

She asked if I could contribute some art for some bookmarks that she was going to give the children there. I used my ink pens and yellow marker to whip these up quickly:

Hope the orphans put them to good use. (Probably mulch by now, though.)


Adventure on Langkawi Island

19 June 2011 | Hisham | | Family Pics

A couple of weeks earlier, Irfan, Atok, Opah, Ain & I went on a three-day vacation to Langkawi, where I had been on work assignment before twice since 2006 but never had the time to relax there and enjoy the sights. And it ultimately freaking hurt!

But thanks to previous journeys to the island, I called a contact and booked a homestay bungalow, the one we rented during LIMA back in December 2009. I had thought back then that it was a great location, and promised I would return there with the family to enjoy it. Usually when tourists travel to Langkawi, they would find a chalet or hotel near the beach. The homestay we rented was situated on the side of a hill, surrounded by a kampung and overlooking a spectacular landscape, not far from the Langkawi Airport.

Note: Mouseover the photos for extra descriptive text. 

... is a very, very, very fine house
Rice fields and lots of trees

Cover Process for Hags of Teeb

17 June 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Books

EBB & Folks sent me another task to complete: The cover for another ebook novella titled The Hags of Teeb.

Here is the step-by-step process involved from the first sketch until the finished cover artwork. The first sketch (seen below) was based on the original black and white cover illustration made by David Leyman. I used the general shape of the Hags and the cauldron in the sketch and put them in a cave.

After the sketch was approved, I decided to create two painted elements which would then be composited digitally. Firstly, I painted the cave background element (below). The centre of the cave where the cauldron sat upon a fire was lighted.


Azamar: Owog

15 June 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
It's hunting... for a fire hydrant!


Owogs - feral, ferocious creatures that leaked through into Azamar from the Inferium and domesticated into tracking hounds by Orcs - are generally unpleasant little things. Also, keep an eye out for their Strength+18 bite and Strength+12 foreclaws.

Because they frickin' hurt.

Artwork for Wicked North Games' Azamar fantasy role-playing game.


Cover for Meevo

13 June 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Books, Misc Sci-Fi

Meevo is the ebook novella by David Leyman. It is a suitably eerie horror-flavoured science-fiction tale involving an escaped prisoner, the prisoner's hunters and - as we see in the opening scenes - a mutant, in a post-apocalyptic future.

To view the full cover image, click on the thumbnail below.

Meevo is available for purchase on here.


34 Months

12 June 2011 | sila | | Family Pics

This might be a new record in the tardiness of the monthly blog entry. The same excuses and the same apologies, but here she is our 34 month old Yaya. In less than two months (from today) she will be three! Unbelievable, right? ;-)

I'm a traveling Yaya!

Mithius Cragmoore

10 June 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Commissioned by the guys at Wicked North Games for their Star Wars RPG game group, Mithius Cragmoore was born on Coruscant to an Imperial Admiral and is now a bounty hunter with the House Benelex. He wields a pulse rifle, a blade and wears a stun cloak.

Inked and painted on paper, the original artwork was mailed to them, a first for me as a freelance illustrator.

Thanks for the commission, guys. It was great to have illustrated this character.

Click here for a larger image on DeviantArt.


Irfan Takes A Train To The Mall

02 June 2011 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Star Wars, Transformers

One activity Irfan and I did this school holiday was to take the Light Rail Transit (LRT), the city-wide train network. He rarely gets to ride on it, since we drive everywhere which is sometimes cheaper depending on the situation. So we thought we'd go to the Mall.

We set forth to the station after lunch and soon train came along.

It's a train station!
This reminds me of that scene in Top Secret!
Arrival at PWTC station