Sunday, November 30, 2008


This is for a yet unannounced work in progress.

Monday, November 24, 2008


This was drawn using Illustrator and my Cintiq.

Btw, my sketchbook is still going strong you can still order copies at AMAZON just click on the link.

" The book spans a range of sci-fi/fantasy and barbarian worlds. If you're into Frazetta, Jeff Jones, Wrightson, Mark Shultz, etc. - then you should appreciate Kayanan's work. I've had this book on my desk for awhile. Sometimes, when I feel a bit of anxiety, I open it and feel better - :)" H. Weisfeld

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Leroy Douresseaux of Comic Book Bin reviewed the issue of ROUGH STUFF issue 8.

Here's what he wrote about my section:

"A visualist with an imagination that is as potent as Bosch, Kayanan specializes in creating the ingenious and peculiar imaginary worlds of everything from Conan and Star Wars to Batman’s Gotham City and Marvel Comics’ sci-fi series. This 11-page section is a tour de force of inspired comic book and fantasy art"

Aw shucks dude!

Check out some more art that was not included in the printed magazine at the ROUGH STUFF website

Friday, November 14, 2008


I have a "how to" section published in Buddy Scalera's excellent figure reference series titled:
Comic Artist's Photo Reference: Men and Boys (Comic Artists Photo Reference)

Link for ordering the book is on the right hand side.

This is a great source for concept, storyboard, comics, and any project where you might require
looking at an image to springboard your creative ideas.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


"The story is a brutal account of gangsters who become infected with a pernicious techno virus." from FANBOY of FEAR and COMICS

Sounds cool right?

The current issue of HEAVY METAL magazine contains digital art that I provided for a short tale titled SLAUGHTER OF THE EXTERMINATORS written by Horatio Weisfeld.

Check out the link above for more info.

"His (Rafael's) impeccable sense of design and knowledge of real world weaponry and combat was also essential for the job." H. Weisfeld

Thanks Horatio - this was a fun project and it is always exciting to collaborate with a fellow creator willing to test new ground.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Unfinished page I found on an old hard drive.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Received my comp copy of this HUGE tome from Dark Horse Comics. It was titled Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy--From Tatooine to Dark Empire .

800 Freaking pages!!! Printed in hardback and comes with a slipcase cover.
Just a nice looking book.

According to the Dark Horse site, the book includes:
All of the most exciting, most significant stories of Luke Skywalker are here in this breathtaking oversized hardcover.
Never has there been a more magnificent assemblage of Star Wars comics, or a more perfect prize for any Star Wars fan!

What topped it off was the story which anchored the book. It was the issue I illustrated ten years ago with writer Darko Macan.
An aged Luke reminiscing about his old friends with his two droids. It covers the death of Chewie (yeah - I killed Chewie....)

If you ever wanted to read the Star Wars comics featuring young Luke Skywalker, then this is the one to get!