Thursday, January 31, 2008


Updated this digital painting by adding another layer of toned color and texture then adjusting the colors and transparency in Photoshop.

Link to Previous Version

Friday, January 25, 2008


WEEKLY COMIC BOOK REVIEW had some nice things to say about my contribution in the recent CONAN: The Blood Stained God and other stories tpb:

"...there are some fun stories here with some gorgeous art, most notably by Rafael Kayanan."


" yourselves a favor and skip to the Busiek/Nicieza/Kayanan and stories; they’re good fun! "

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


"Eisner Award-winning writer Kurt Busiek teams up with some of the best artists and writers in this collection of stand-alone stories from Conan."

CONAN: THE BLOOD-STAINED CROWN AND OTHER STORIES is a collection of Dark Horse Comic's CONAN stories by Cary Nord, Eric Powell, John Severin, Bruce Timm, Timothy Truman, Fabian Nicieza, Dave Stewart and Kurt Busiek... oh, and they reprint my Towers of Tara Teth story that I collaborated with Kurt on.
I'm listed as the "classic SAVAGE SWORD of CONAN artist" on the back cover of the TPB.
Can't complain, and what a roster of stellar talents to be associated with!

Above is an unfinished page from that story.

Friday, January 11, 2008


Rough Stuff magazineis edited by artist Bob Mcleod, and "features the many forms of preliminary art for comic books, along with comments from the artists themselves, and has interviews and articles and various features such as a look at drawings done by pro artists before they turned pro." My work (such as the above) will be featured in the April 08 issue. I picked up all the wonderful back issues awhile back when I wasn't schedule to be in it. Check out what's behind the curtain from a who's who of stellar talent both young and old . HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Been busy on some projects recently. I am currently working on a 40 page adaptation of an R. A. Salvatore short story featuring the coolest dark elf, I mean drow ever - DRIZZT! I will share some images once Devil's Due Publishing okays it.

Friday, January 4, 2008


Pencil art from 1986 when I worked on Michael Moorcock's HAWKMOON series at First Comics. I was lucky enough to be one of three illustrators to work on his characters at First at the time. The other two were P. Craig Russell on ELRIC and a talented newcomer, Mike Mignola on CORUM.