Artist Jeff Thomason just presented this amazing portrayal of a crucial scene from the opening of the first Jak Phoenix novel. It is a beautifully rendered illustration of Jak and Baxter facing off against an unexpected foe in the sands of Scoparia. If anyone out there is looking for artwork for your project, I urge you to visit www.skyfitsjeff.com and contact Jeff. He’ll be more than happy to bring your ideas to life with his unique graphic style.
Jeff Thomason was good enough to make another series of character sketches, this time adding his touch to Baxter, Cyan and Murdock. Here is a posting he put on his blog:
So Matt, the creater of Jak Phoenix, liked the drawings I did so much, he wanted more. And I was glad to draw more. I’ve been interested in this kind of space opera style scifi for a while and have wanted to do something in this style, but I never had a good reason for it. Until now.
The characters were again drawn with a brush dipped in Sumi ink on Strathmore Drawing Paper (the yellow cover), then scanned into my iMac on a Canoscan printer, and digitally colored in Corel Painter X. I really liked the end result. This may be the process I use for all my art for a while.
Awesome work Jeff!
From left to right: Baxter, Jak, Cyan & Murdock
- Great Jeff Thomason art in the top corner.
- My name is now Matt D. Williams, a huge change from Matt Williams. I’ve decided to start using my middle initial (stands for David) in my work to avoid confusion with other authors named Matt Williams. Not that big a change, but enough to isolate my books from other similarly named authors.
- I’ve finally added a review snippet at the bottom from Feathered Quill Book Reviews.
It will take weeks for this change to spread out to all the retailers and I will be changing the printed book cover in the near future. I’ll let you know when I do.
Thanks for your support!
Jeff Thomason was kind enough to create a couple of amazing Jak Phoenix character sketches – and I love them! He was able to perfectly pin down the character and I am very impressed to say the least. Here is a post from his website where he discusses his excellent work:
Character Sketch: Space Opera
It’s been a while since I’ve put up a character sketch, so I thought I’d put one up. This one was commissioned by Matt Williams, the author of Jak Phoenix, a fun space opera available from Smashwords.com and other fine retailers. Matt has even released a short story that is currently free so you can check out his universe.
I tried something a little different for this one. I used my usual brush and Sumi ink, but instead of drawing it in my sketchbook, I used Strathmore 70lb Drawing Paper which gave me a cleaner line than the sketch paper. I like a textured line, but the one I’ve been getting was a little too rough. This one was much cleaner while still having some character. I had a few sheets left over from drawing One Thing Right by Colin Shanafelt, a children’s storybook which should be released in the next couple of months. I colored these sketches (and One Thing Right) with Corel Painter X on my iMac. I’m really happy with how it turned out.
I’m not sure if Matt is though.
The original article can be found on his site at http://atouchofjeff.blogspot.com/2011/02/character-sketch-space-opera.html#links
Needless to say Jeff, I am ecstatic about how they turned out!
Matt Williams, author of the space adventure novel ‘Jak Phoenix’ has a post tonight about author and artist, Jeff Thomason.
I’m doing something a little bit different again. I saw some of Jeff Thomason’s artwork last month and I really took a liking to many of his images. This is my favorite – I love the color:
Since his work is in visuals, I emailed Jeff and asked him to send me a few of his favorite works so I could share them with you. Here’s what he said:
I like to create the line work with traditional media then finish the illustrations in color in the computer. Painter X is my favorite program for this.
Jeff maintains many websites showcasing his work.