I know people often think artists work strictly from memory, but frankly, I often need a little help. Usually, if I need some reference material, I will ask my friends and colleagues to be models for me. They are good sports and as a reward, they can occasionally point to a finished page in a book and say: : Look! Those are my legs." You can check out Evan's legs yourself. Diego the Giant Galapagos Tortoise is available June 2022 from Mims House Books
Why don't I paint a complicated composition with a giant crocodile monster and many peoples in a boat. I should be able to whip that out in no time flat…. ....Two years later. Whew. Almost done! This composition was based on a scene from Tad Williams Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy. Williams is a master world builder that inspired a whole generation of fantasy writers and has delighted readers for many years.