Fun with a Skull…

Yesterday I spent some time just doodling, having fun. Using Charlie, my faithful plaster skull model, I sketched this out.


Something about him appealed to me. He just had that certain something, let’s say. In honor of my birthday, I decided to give him a hat.


This amused me. I made him into a soldier…


Then a cowboy. I did not intend for him to look that much like Yul Brynner in WestWorld, but hey, accidents happen, and they can be fun.


Finally, that paranoid look in his eyes starting making me think… so I turned him into a zombie farmer, who is always wary of aliens coming to take his zombie cows.


so that’s what I did yesterday. Hope this made you smile, I had a lot of laughs with these!



Fantasy Cover Final!


Hello Artfans! Just finished the cover for the sword & sorcery novel I’m writing. This was so much fun to do, but I admit I got frustrated after a while. I hope it looks alright. I got some good advice from cool people on Facebook. I am pleased with the restraint I showed with the background figures. I can become detail obsessed. What do you think?

This was done with Painter 17, btw! Awesome program!

Progress on Fantasy Cover

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Hi guys! Thought you might enjoy a progress pic of my cover for the fantasy novel I’m working on. When the cover is complete, she’ll be clothed. Right now I want to focus on light, and capturing the eerie glow. I am LOVING my Painter!

My horror collection received its first review, five stars! Take a look, if you want to be scared! ­čśë

Beginning “Darkmother”

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Hello, all! I wanted to share the very beginning, a loose sketch, (detail) for what I think will be the cover painting for this sword and sorcery book I’m working on. I have a co-writer by the way.

I plan to continue on with the oils in my new painter 17. I am finding it a breeze to use, and it’s fast! Therefore, inspiration! If I can ever find someone or something that can keep up with my brain…then you people will really see some art! Ha ha! Anyway, hope you like this, and that you have a good day! More soon! Buy meh book!


“Hippocamp” ┬ęKathy Ferrell 2014, graphite, aprox. 6×8″

It’s been far too long sing I’ve posted anything. Today I want to share with you my first drawing in my new Moleskine sketchbook. I hope you enjoy it. I learned a little something in the making. I thought that I was drawing a Selkie, but turns out I was wrong. A creature closer to my drawing would be a Hippocamp. I added the horn because it just seemed right somehow. With the sophistication of animation nowadays, it would be a real treat to see one of these in a movie, wouldn’t it? If you’re interested, here’s some bits about the mythology.

Chantal Noir, Steampunk Adventuress


"The Coppergate Killings" ┬ęKathyFerrell

Here’s another recent work for┬áTales of the Talisman. “The Coppergate Killings” illustrates Christine Morgan’s fantastic story by the same title. Appearing in issue 4, Volume 8, I think Chantal Noir is a superb heroine, and hope to read more of her steampunk adventures! I had a ton of fun with this, and would have loved to create it in color! I put on a frilly nightgown and used myself as the model to capture the pose, sketched it out in pencil and completed in Corel Painter.

Burning History

Burning History

“Burning History” (detail) ┬ęKathy Ferrell 2013. From the latest thrill-packed issue of “Tales of the Talisman”, Vol. 9, issue 1. Click to see more!