Saturday, February 9, 2008


I was first introduced to Drizzt Do'Urden, the Dark Elf when I was commissioned by an art collector over ten years ago to sketch their favorite character. This led me to read some of author R. A. Salvatore's books set in the Forgotten Realms. Drizzt was a creation that I immediately related to. So when Devil's Due editor James Lowder asked me if I was interested in doing some work for them I inquired about possibly drawing a Drizzt story. For the past few months I've been working with colorist Lovern Kindzierski (Sandman, Hellblazer, Elric) to bring the short story "The Dark Mirror" to the paneled medium. I'm adding tones on my black and white ink work using traditional media and the computer. I wanted it to look gritty, less polished - a rough place to be in.

The Dark Mirror is an excellent tale that is not only filled with Salvatore's unique brand of action, but is a great jumping on point for those who are unfamiliar with Drizzt's character and his world. The story is adapted to comics by Nick Schley and will be part of issue one of Worlds of Dungeons and Dragons available at your shops and online at Devil's Due.

More about Worlds of Dungeons and Dragons:"Each issue of Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons will feature two stories from Wizards of the Coast's bestselling fantasy settings, including the Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Ravenloft, and Eberron," Lowder said. Issues 1 and 2 will adapt R.A. Salvatore's "Dark Mirror," starring the Forgotten Realms' most famous drow, Drizzt Do'Urden, with a script by Nick Schley (Abiding Perdition, "Red Lotus") and art by Rafael Kayanan (Conan, Star Wars, Spider-Man), and Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's "The Legacy," featuring the world of Krynn's most infamous wizard, Raistlin Majere, with a script by Neil Kleid (Brownsville, Ninety Candles, X-Men Unlimited), and art by Javier Sanchez Aranda (Hellina)."


John Beatty said...

Great work, Raf! I too am doing some expiermental work with mixing both traditional and digital...altho not to this degree!

Did you get my email?


Craig Zablo said...

What Big John said!

Atula Siriwardane said...

Very nice style, Rafael,
Beautiful compositions...