I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written.

Vaal’lin Concept: Temple of the Falling Star

The Temple of the Falling Star is a small temple within the Vaal’lin city and sister to the Temple of the Rising Star which resides in another Age. The two temples are linked together by a thread that goes beyond space and time.

Vaal’lin Concept: Personal Link Stone


Books are still the core to the Vaal’lin Linking technology, but they also took it a step further. Each inhabitant of Vaal’lin is equipped with a personal Linking stone that is worn on the chest. Such an item is so common place within society that fashion has evolved to include said stones within the design.

At the core of the device is an extremely small linking book that is connected to the rock interface allowing for a Link to be made upon contact. Similar technology was used with the Vaal’lin Public Link Service.

Speed Painting: Magerock Tower


Quick speed painting, trying some new ideas and techniques out.

Vaal’lin Concept: The Other 3 Gods

So I finished the other three images for the temple of the Four Gods for the Vaal’lin project.
I also figured I would post a little more information for those who are interested regarding who they are and so forth.

Had some issues with these three, the Hameta image came naturally there was a flow to it. These three had a feeling of being forced and being too refined. The version of Azal posted here is actually the third version as the other two just didn’t work out right.


Azal the God of Creation and is represented by the day. He created the universe with Ib, Hameta and Ophen. It was said he looked upon Ashel with favoritism. When Ib corrupted the people of Ashel Azal turned his back on them, refusing to help them rise up again. Feeling that they should do it on their own merit.


Once considered a brother to Azal due to similar personalities and looks as Azal. Ib lead the corruption of Ashel and as a result was cast down and imprisoned in the darkness he helped spread. He is said to be the night.


Ophen is often represented as either a bird or as time and is both male and female. Due to their free spirited nature and that Ophen once saw both the past and the present at the same time. Ophen was partially blinded in one eye and so their view of what came before is obscured.
When Azal turned his back on the people of Ashel, Ophen stepped forward and offered them guidance.

Vaal’lin Concept: Hameta Painting


It has been a while since I’ve posted anything relating to my Vaal’lin project, fans of the Myst series may be interested in this.

Painting of the Goddess Hameta one of the five Gods of Vaal’lin, from inside one of her temples.

Hameta is often depicted as the Goddess of the oceans/water. She inadvertently helped the God Ib in the corruption of the people of Ashel when she turned Azal’s gaze from the world.

And no despite the pointy ears she is not an Elf.

Blood in the Snow Detail Shots

I’ve always wondered at what resolution do concept/digital painters set their canvas.
For Blood in the Snow I used my usual 2000×3000 canvas. I figured I should post a couple of progress shots at the original resolution size after reading comments on reddit where I submitted the piece to /r/skyrim.

So enjoy…Incidentally the feet are the part I am most happiest with.

Blood In The Snow

Blood In The Snow

Blood In The Snow

Blood In The Snow (Update)

Blood In The Snow

“I used to be an adventurer like you…but then I took an arrow to the knee”

(Update) Got featured on Bethesda’s Blog, you can check it out here: BethBlog.

Sexy Screenshots from Dead End Thrills


If you haven’t already, I would highly recommend checking out Dead End Thrills. The site is dedicated to crafting finely tuned screenshots through tweaking of various games and their engines.

Dead End Thrills is a site dedicated to the talent, passion and imagination of the world’s leading videogames. Any games, in fact, featuring art that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best the entertainment industry can offer. Historically, these extraordinary collective visions have been hard, if not impossible, to appreciate, trapped behind layers of technology and distraction. Developers, marketing people, PR agencies, journalists, players: few have shown the time or desire to strip those layers away.

Source: Dead End Thrills

The site was brought to my attention whilst wandering the internet for Skyrim related items. If you’re a Skyrim fan definitely check out their Skyrim images. If you’re not it is still worth checking out their other works.