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Illo Journal Project Update #1

As promised, here is the first update on this illo journal project.

I was concerned when I got this journal that it was too thick and I would have trouble coming up with enough ideas to fill it up. I believe, based on the first few sketches, that this project may not be contained into one book. Either way, here is the project.

First of all I put my mark and the year inside the flap, for reference. 20160627_211334 a.jpg

Then I got to work on the project.

I decided to start work on basically world building. There’s a story that has been on my mind for a couple of years. I realized that I would have to come up with a completely original title and that this will be a series, if it ever turns into text. Since I prefer to express myself visually, I decided to tell this the same way. I’m doing progressive sketches to help understand the regions of this world. This would be the best place to begin the telling.

The first view is of my new world from space : 20160627_203108 a.jpg

There are three moons. A distant spiraling galaxy is visible from the planet’s surface throughout the night sky. This world travels in a clockwise orbit around the systems sun. One full solar orbit takes 300 days. Each day is twenty hours. The day is split up by day time and night time. The world is on a 30° permanent tilt off of a perpendicular rotation. This causes the northern hemisphere to be warmer than the southern hemisphere. There are ice cap covering 1/3 of the southern hemisphere and 1/6 of the northern hemisphere. There is weather but no real seasons.

The main continent topographical map:

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The climate varies from warm below the polar cap to hot closer to the equator in the north. It’s more cool below the equator  to cold toward the cap in the Southern hemisphere. The weather travels from east to west as does the planet’s rotation.

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Illo Journal Project

Hi everyone!
I thought that I would give a brief update.

I’ve finally decided, after all of these years, to use a journal for some of my drawings. I found a thick antique style yesterday at MomoCon.


The image is not inverted. Since I’m left handed, I will be using this journal upside-down.

I believe I will use this to illustrate a Sci-fi / Fantasy story I’ve been developing for a couple of years. I’ll share some sketches as I go. I think it might be cool to develop it as a graphic novel.

As for the email. I’m still having issues getting things straightened out. Hopefully this week will see some positive results. I will update when have more information.

Thanks for your support and interest!

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First blog post

Hi everyone!

I’m in the process of setting up here om Word Press but I wanted to give some basic information so that you know what I’m about.

I’m a freelance illustrator of Fantasy Art. I work in traditional media and lately have been building my digital skills. I’m currently using Manga Studio and a Wacom tablet. Both are great to work with.

My plan is to share my work and style here with you. As I get things rolling, I will post more of my work. I will also share my steps that I took to arrive at the final images and my techniques. I will also drop in some videos here and there.

I will also be setting up to sell prints, originals and fantasy portraits by commission.

If you like what you see, please let me know. I will also be setting up an email mailing list as I get thins going.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Fantastic Imaginations,

Richard Thaxton, XT Illos


“On The Edge” Pen and Ink on Paper 8.5″x11″, published in Spellbound 1993 for “Plainswoman”.IMG_0008