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Journal Entry: Sun Nov 3, 2013, 8:09 AM
Mainly just test new Journal template and some of it's features.

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The above should be a subtitle now.

Also congrats to my friend Bryan for exceeding his goal for his kickstarter.


Also, have a look at some of my recent work.

Hunter - Combat mode by chris-illustrator   Hunter - Slither mode by chris-illustrator
 




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  • Listening to: Rise Against
  • Watching: Going to see Gravity today

Monsters of MMA

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 16, 2013, 8:23 AM


I wanted to give my friend and fellow artist, Bryan Brown, a shout-out for his comic "Monsters of MMA". If you like the assortment of creatures, sci-fi and action you see in the Droc, you'll likely enjoy his comic as well.

He's currently hosting a kickstarter to help fund and promote his newest issue. He's at about 50% and has until the end of the month to reach his $1000 goal. He's also offering a lot of great prizes as incentives.
So please take a moment to check out his page and consider donating.

Here's his Kickstarter link:
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

You can also see more of his awesome work on his Blog, www.bryangbrown.com/



  • Listening to: Rise Against

Will continue to post sketches

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 20, 2013, 10:07 AM


A little while back I announced that I'lll mainly be focussing on the illustrations for my story, which I won't be posting. While I'll be continuing to do concept art as needed, it won't be up to the same level as some my recent re-designs, for the sake of time. 

So I posed the question, would people like to me to post my new looser concept art here, or save sketches for my facebook page, and reserve the DA page for my more developed pieces. The response was resoundingly... absent :)

Maybe I should have used a poll instead, or maybe it's because I'm an infrequent blogger. But I did get some direction from the fact that while my facebook traffic hasn't increased, people continue to join my watch list encouragingly often. Also the 2 Sprinter sketches I posted got a fair amount of faves and comments. 

So I decided to continue posting my sketches here, as long as they aren't too loose/simple. If they are, maybe I'll combine 2 or 3 sketches into one image for more punch. This way the DA page won't go dark while I work on the book, and cost me my audience here. For anyone whose on facebook though, I encourage you to still come by my page sometime, www.facebook.com/reptiliadroc , as there will be additional content and news I won't be posting here.



  • Listening to: Eclipse Phase AP's
  • Reading: Reptilia Droc Scavenger

An Update and a Question to my watchers

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 17, 2013, 2:46 PM


I've been working on my illustrated story, The Reptilia Droc, off and on for many years now. Always making progress, but never achieving a finished project. This is because I would get so far in my writing and drawing skills, then decide everything I had done up to that point was not good enough, and start over from scratch. Recently though, I think I've reached a level in my drawing and writing skills that I can produce a product that is of publishable quality. I'm also forcing myself to proceed because there are multiple stories I want to tell, and I'd rather still be improving while creating book two, then forever be working on book 1. So this should be an exciting time if I can successfully bring the project together.

So what does that mean for my deviant art page? Well the truth is, even if I really put my nose to the grind stone, I will probably be working on the book for another full year. Knowing how many illustrations I want to do, the speed I work at, and how much free time I have while working full time.

I won't be posting the book illustrations until the story is finished either, at which point I'll have to decide how many I should post as promotional material, and how many I will hold onto as incentive to buy the book.

I will however be producing lots and lots of sketches, of scenes from the story, weapons, environments, and sideline characters. Basically anything I will be doing a fully rendered illustration of, I'll do a sketch of it first.

These sketches won't be as detailed and polished as my recent rebooted Droc designs though, like:

Chameleon Armor redesign by chris-illustrator   Thorned Worker by chris-illustrator

They'll be more along the lines of my older, looser concept sketches, like:

Reptilia Pogona by chris-illustrator    Melean - researcher uniform by chris-illustrator

So I'm not sure whether I should post these future sketches here on DA or not. I feel like they may bring down the quality of my gallery that I've been working to achieve, but I just can't afford to spend a week on every gun, hallway, and background alien, just to do them again proper. I will be posting all these sketches for sure on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/reptiliadroc , and my blog. But that's more pages you will have to visit if interested in keeping up.

So I pose the question to my watchers, would you like me post my quicker, looser sketches here too? Or do you prefer I only post finished work?
Here is an example of what my new sketches will look like on my blog, www.reptilia-droc.com/hunter-d…
I call him a Hunter Drone, a snake-like search and destroy robot created by the Droc.

So please post your preference in the comments section below. Thanks!



  • Listening to: Rise Against
  • Reading: My story
  • Drinking: Berry Splash

Concept Art and Eclipse Phase

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 23, 2013, 9:01 AM


Hi everyone,
I figured it was about time to post something and get that Halloween post off my front page since we're at the start of summer.

Not too much to report. I'm hoping to finish up the last of my concept art for Reptilia Droc: Scavenger, and start doing the finished illustrations. But I've said that before, so you'll have to wait and see. I'll start posting the sketches on my facebook page when I do www.facebook.com/reptiliadroc
On the plus side, the extra time I've spent on the concept art has really helped sharpen my skills and designs. I'm really excited about the piece I'll be posting next, the updated Reptilia Droc combat armor. 

I'd also like to take a moment to give a shout out to the sci-fi role playing game Eclipse Phase. Never played it myself, but I've listened to a number of actual plays on both ragnerdrok.com/tag/eclipse-pha… and actualplay.roleplayingpublicra… and it's a really cool world the game creates. Aliens viruses, killer machines, surfing the net with your brain, sleeving your mind into different bodies, fighting in zero G, there are so many elements to the game. And while many of the individual elements will feel very familiar (there are hints of Terminator, The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell), it's the way all the elements come together to form a cohesive world that make the game so much fun and unique.

While I enjoy listening to the actual plays, and hope to play the game myself some time, I would like it if there were some Eclipse Phase novels or comic books to give me another helping of the world too.


  • Listening to: ragnerdrok.com AP
  • Drinking: Splash

Halloween, Sandy, and Comissions

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 1, 2012, 8:50 PM


Hope every one had a fun Halloween, despite the Hurricane here on the east coast. Fortunately the storm left my area pretty untouched. The office where I work got hit harder though, it's been closed due to black out almost the entire week. I'm waiting to see if the lights will be tomorrow or not.

My Halloween was a lot of fun. I went to a local attraction called The Bates Motel, which had a Haunted Hayride, corn maze, and  Haunted House. They had a lot of cool props and good jump scares. Also went to a couple parties at a pool hall, and one at my cousin's who goes all out on decorations.

I also wanted to mention that on Monday 11/5/12 I'll ending my offer for discounted commissions.

The offer was for the first 3 people to write in, would get the adjusted pricing below:
$20 for a black & white line drawing
$30 for one character with a simple or no background
$40 for multiple characters and/or a complex background

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After Sunday night the new prices will be:
$25 for a black & white line drawing
$40 for one character with a simple or no background
$60 for multiple characters and/or a complex background

All three slots are still open, so you have till the end of this weekend to grab the sale price.

You can read my commission guidelines here: chris-illustrator.deviantart.c…

  • Listening to: Greatest Movie Ever podcast
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Kool-aid

Web site and Commissions

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 8, 2012, 6:09 PM


Hope everyone had a good summer as we now approach the start of the fall season. I wanted to remind everyone to stop by my website Reptilia-Droc.com www.reptilia-droc.com/ where I write more extensive articles on the work I post, as well as samples of stories I'm working on, to give you a greater context of the universe I'm creating.

I've also been working on adding a related articles section to the end of each post. That way if your reading an entry about the Pathfinder's risk-taking pilot Ellie Nurrier www.reptilia-droc.com/2011/10/… and want to learn about the rest of the crew, links to all of their profiles and the ship itself is right there to help you maneuver the site more quickly.

Let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions on what else I could do with the site to add more value for revisiting.


I also wanted to take a moment and remind people that I take commissions. You can find my guidelines here: chris-illustrator.deviantart.c…

So drop me a message if any of the following sounds interesting done in my style:
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Have an idea for a character or creature of your own you would like brought to life fav.me/d5con9r
Want to see a crossover between your favorite characters from different properties
A cheesecake pinup of your favorite heroine - fav.me/d2w3e5t
or want to finally see a sequel to my popular Godzilla vs Ginormica series fav.me/d1yg6vl

To help get the ball rolling, here are some modified prices for the first three people Note me for a commission:

$20 for a black & white line drawing
$30 for one character with a simple or no background
$40 for multiple characters and/or a complex background
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The new prices after these first three slots are filled will be:
$25 for a black & white line drawing
$40 for one character with a simple or no background
$60 for multiple characters and/or a complex background

Because my style is more painterly and hence more time consuming then when I first made up my guidelines. But you'll be getting more quality for your money too.

  • Listening to: Greatest Movie Ever podcast
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Kool-aid

New Journal Skin

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 9, 2012, 6:34 PM


Trying out a new Journal skin.

Not much else to say, so here's some George Carlin quotes.

1. Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.

2. Swimming is not a sport. Swimming is a way to keep from drowning. That's just common sense!

3. A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.

4. I wanna live. I don't wanna die. That's the whole meaning of life: Not dying! I figured that shit out by myself in the third grade.

5. I used to be Irish Catholic. Now I'm an American — you know, you grow.

6. You can't fight City Hall, but you can goddamn sure blow it up.

7. If the Cincinnati Reds were really the first major league baseball team, who did they play?

8. Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.

9. If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.

10. Weather forecast for tonight: Dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.

  • Listening to: The HP Lovecraft literary podcast
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Monster Energy Drink
Just a reminder to please check out my facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rep…
Over there I'll be posting additional Reptilia Droc sketches of ships, technology, creatures and weapons.
  • Listening to: The HP Lovecraft literary podcast
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Monster Energy Drink
I watched a couple SY-FY originals over the week. God damn they were bad.
And I like bad movies, when they are entertaining. Maybe it's because they are intentionally bad, but most of them are just painful.
So far there are only a couple I enjoyed, Shark-topus, MEGA SHARK VS GIANT OCTOPUS, and Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus. I think because they took the ridiculousness to new heights.

But one thing that bothers me about these SYFY turkeys, there are so many of them, but they are all essentially the same movie.
They are all monster on a rampage, with about 5 plots among them.

1. Scientists create monster and it escapes
2. Somebody dumps chemical in environment which creates monster
3. Miners accidentally release prehistoric monster
4. Monster rises from ocean depths
5. Get rid of 2 giant monsters by having them fight each other

From there they all play out the same. I wonder if there is a syfy plot generator out on the web. Click a button and get a random combination of monster, origin, location, and how it gets killed at the end.

The craziest things is they make so many of them. I know they are cheap to make, but damn, whose buying these things on dvd? And how can I get involved in making these awful films?
  • Listening to: The HP Lovecraft literary podcast
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Monster Energy Drink
I started a Reptilia Droc fan page on Face book for anyone who would like to follow and get additional updates on stories and news, as well as concept art I won't be posting here on DA.

Come visit at www.facebook.com/pages/Reptili…
  • Listening to: The HP Lovecraft literary podcast
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Monster Energy Drink
Only two more weeks left of the writing workshop I joined in March. I'll be a shame when it's over.
But I learn a lot from it over the last 6 weeks. I learned the proper structure of a manuscript submission. I learned the difference between plot and story, the various points of view from which you can tell a story. That desire is the key to tension, and a story should constantly building it's tension. I also got a lot of writing done with the weekly exercise, both the in class and home work assignments.

I hope to take what I have learned and be able to continue to flush out my Reptilia Droc universe. I Might start posting a few pages from "Encounter at Sakora" soon. I also have another 2 page story called "The Funeral" I'm wrapping up and should be posting soon. I also have drawing of more of the Korb's monstrous ranks I'm working on.
  • Listening to: The HP Lovecraft literary podcast
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Monster Energy Drink
I wanted to let my watchers know I've created a new DA account just for my beach series and other pinup illustrations. vermillion82.deviantart.com/


Meanwhile I will focus this account more specifically on my Reptilia Droc series, with more short stories, illustrations, and concept art.
Most of the pinups I post at the other account will continue to feature female characters from my Droc story, so you might wonder why I'm moving them. My recent pinups have been more just for fun, with an increasing level of cheesecake factor. They don't really represent the character's personalities and the tone of the story anymore. So I decided to just give them their own space, treat them as an alternate universe where all the girls are super models instead of engineers and scientists, and indulge.

So after today, new Pinups of the girls will be posted at vermillion82.deviantart.com/
I will announce on my blog here when they get posted, for the first couple times. But please add my new account to your watch list if you're interested.

I will be removing some of the pinups from this account in the future too, so you may need to re-fav them on the new account.
  • Listening to: The HP Lovecraft literary podcast
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Monster Energy Drink
It's good to be posting again, I've been away for a while. I been busy with my Design job, as well as preparing for a school visit to promote my kids book work. I also started a creative writing class last week.

But Here's some funny pictures of my bearded dragon chowing down. Also, some updates about my Reptilia Droc stories.

"Balance of Power", the full size novel is still on hold. Doing short stories is proving very helpful and I want to continue with that to sharpen my skills before returning to it.

"Encounter at Sakora" is finished, except for some illustrations I wanted to post with it.  I was thinking about posting that for people to download, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. So I want to see if I get it published in a short story magazine or in a compilation before I put it out on the web.

However you can read "The Tomb", a short story set in the Droc universe I wrote for my Creative writing class. I expect to have several more of these to post over the next 8 weeks of the course.

Feedback is appreciated!
  • Listening to: The HP Lovecraft literary podcast
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Monster Energy Drink
"When botanist, Melean Tass, signed on to do an environmental study of the planet Sakora she expected a simple research job. But her employers, the Gal Zinge corporation have been keeping dangerous secrets. When she arrives she finds an unusual amount of security, and learns that members of the surveying team have been disappearing. Stranger yet are the reports of unnatural glowing serpents that glide through the air, and stories about a monstrous alien race called, the Reptilia Droc."

Production of my original story, Balance of Power, is still underway. But development is slow going as it is a full length novel with illustrations. In the meantime I decided to put together a short story called, "Encounter at Sakora". The story is a prequel to "Balance of Power" and will help introduce readers to the universe of the Reptilia Droc. Once complete, the story will be available for download through my blog, and in the meantime I will be putting up character design here and more posts about the story.

Visit my blog for more news, reptilia-droc.blogspot.com/
  • Listening to: The HP Lovecraft literary podcast
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Monster Energy Drink
I haven't had a chance to work on my my Reptilia Droc site in quite a while. I want to renovate the design before I start adding more content. But the redesign will take away from the writing of the story, which is the most important job. So instead I've created a new blog, reptilia-droc.blogspot.com/ where I'll be posting illustrations, concept art, excerpts from the story, progress updates as I continue to develop the story. Blogs really are a super easy way to make a web site, so hopefully with this format I will be able to help introduce people to the Droc universe without slowing down the writing.
  • Listening to: The HP Lovecraft literary podcast
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Monster Energy Drink
Just a post of random thoughts, wanted to move on from my last post complaining about not making the first cut of the splice contest.

I've been thinking of my trip to Jamaica last summer, the crystal clear water, white sand, and palm trees. That's been the inspiration for all these Kana on the beach pics.
I went down to the beach this week, Ocean City NJ. It was a fun trip, but the broken shell laced beach and greenish brown water didn't quite compare.

I saw Predators yesterday. That was fun movie. Much improved over the last Aliens vs Predator movie. In that movie I disliked all the characters and wanted to see all of them killed, and I couldn't see what the hell was happening because it was all so dark.
This movie had an interesting plot (as far as these type of movie go) and a colorful caste of characters.
I've heard the movie was called Predators, because it was meant to be every bit as incredible of a sequel that aliens was to alien. It came close, but the end battle had some of the same AVPR problems of being too dark, and there were so many scenes indirect reference of the original that it cheapened the originality of the movie.

These are two ideas I would like to see done for a Predator sequel.
1. Set it during the ongoing Afghanistan war. It has the Predator's prerequisite for heat and conflict (makes more sense then having them in the Arctic like AVP). Predators could be stalking the Taliban, then US soldiers arrive and get hunted in turn. Maybe last US soldier and an insurgent could be forced to work together to survive, enemy of my enemy situation.

2. We know that Predators have been coming to Earth for a very long time. So how about a period piece, or several? I'd like to see a movie made up of 4 half hour stories, each one taking place in a different country during a different time period. Like maybe feudal Japan, the crusades, the civil war, and Vietnam war. Each story would have a different set of human characters, and maybe it could always be the same Predator (depending on their life span.)


I also just finished a cool book called "The New Dead". It's a collection of short stories by various authors. Initially I wasn't sure how it would be, because it was described as a series of stories inspired by the popularity of the modern "post-Romero" style of zombie mythos. Which I took to mean all the stories were Romero-ish zombie apocalypse stories. And while I enjoy Romero-style zombie movies, I didn't know if there would be enough material there to make for a dozen or so interesting short stories.

As it turned out, only a few of the stories really resembled a Romero movie, and even those had some kind of twist to them. The others were extremely varied and imaginative. Each story is an unrelated universe with it's own origin, rules, and motivations of the dead.

One story, a slave girl was raised from the dead as a Zombie by Voodoo to avenge her death.
Another was the tale of Lazarus from the bible and how Jesus failed to raise him back from the dead quite right.
Another, zombies were artificailly raised and used as slave labor. Another they were used by the military as weapons.

The funniest was about a wall street tycoon who died and returned as a zombie, not to eat flesh but to continue day trading. His biggest problem were preventing himself from decomposing, and making sure no one new he was dead, because zombies had no rights and couldn't own anything. He also ended befriending a homeless woman until he realized she was becoming more like a pet to him. "Old woman keep couch dogs, the dead keep homeless woman."

The scariest was "twitter from the circus of the dead". The whole story is told via the constant posts a bored teenage girl is making to twitter through her cell phone during a family road trip. They end up stopping at a side show circus where people are devoured by zombies. Everyone thinks it's all just a show until the zombies turn on the audience.
As the twitter posts devolve into rushed nonsense typing and dies off, someone else picks up the phone, and says they hoped everyone enjoyed this promotional twitter ad for circus of the dead and encourages everyone reading to come out and see the show.

The story reminded me of the Blair which Project and Cloverfield. A person's horrifying experience told first hand through their video camera, or in this case twitter post. It was a great idea for capturing that same intense feeling in a written format.  

So in short, good movie and good book. Check them out if you have a chance.
  • Reading: The New Dead
  • Watching: Predators
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Orange Soda
Well DA announced the 25 people making the first cut of the Splice contest, and unfortunately X-613 the killer shark hybrid did not make the list.

I'm kind of bummed. I know any contest on DA is going to be tough competition, there are so many artist on this site, and a lot of them are far more talented then I. Still, the theme of that contest was right up my alley, and I haven't gotten any new illustration work since cutting my ties with Windstorm/Orchard House Press about 2 years ago :( So it would have been a nice pick me up to at lest make the first round of judging.

But feeling sorry for yourself doesn't solve anything, just have to press on even if your just making art for yourself. I've got a couple new images coming up, at least one will be posted tonight. I've been reading some tutorials of creating space scenes and have one of my tests to post.

I also got Photoshop CS5, and have been working on an image using it's new mixing tool.
  • Listening to: 30 seconds to Mars
  • Watching: Hildago
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Orange Soda
I've added a new kids book illustration on my alternate profile :iconchris-trefz:

Just a reminder that is where I'll be posting my kids book work from now on. I may also be deleting my last few kids pieces off this profile eventually. But you can re-fav them if you like on my alternate page.
  • Listening to: Evans Blue
  • Watching: Dino Shark
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Fanta
I've been thinking about my gallery, how it's made up of a few of my kid's book pieces mixed in with more mature images of monsters and girls. So I decided it would be best to create a second Deviant Art account so I could separate these two styles of work.

This gallery I'll keep for promoting my illustrated novel "Reptilia'Droc", as well as posting other images of monsters, aliens, and attractive girls. I'll be removing the kid's book images currently on this profile over time. If you've favorite-ed any of my kid's book pieces, they will be available again on the new profile. You'll also notice from my new drawing of my character Kana, that I'm going further with the mature nature of my images now that I'm splitting my gallery. I still plan to keep my work tasteful, just trying to be less restrained.

My new gallery can be viewed at :iconchris-trefz:
Still need to pick out a new icon image. I'll be posting my new Kid's book images, as well as some of my older pieces that I never got around to posting. So I hope some of you will continue to watch me on my new profile, and I look forward to meeting new watchers as well.
  • Listening to: Evans Blue
  • Watching: Dino Shark
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Fanta