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Sometimes you can find nests and tubers under the rocks. You just have to dig a little deeper. Pencil and a touch of digital. 


A little of what I've been up to

Just a few pieces from the last few months. Some finished work, some sketches/concepts. 

The Falchester Cockatrice, for Tor Books. 

Toothfairy in flight. 

I've been doing a lot of pencil work lately. Col-Erase & Blackwing Pencils

Stargazer Mermaid

Mola-Mola Mermaid

Dragon doodles.

Exploration of a creature design. 

Wendigo Concepts

Hog Knight. 

From Volo's Guide to Monsters: Orc Chosen of Yurtrus. Pencil and gouache with digital touches. Wizards of the Coast.


First full body sculpt

My first full body sculpt. Practiced posing using the transpose tool. Hope you like.


Creature Concepts & IP Dev

Hi Everyone!

Been a while since I've been able to post, but here is something recent! It's a teaser for a character I'm working on. Hope you like it!

You can view higher res versions of all of these are on Artstation.

These set of creatures were created for the "7,000 Chemicals" Commercial - "The Real Cost" (By the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products)


7000 Chemicals from Butch Belair on Vimeo.



Art and Industry of Imagination workshop - Dragon

Recently completed this fellow for a workshop I ran over the course of a day.  Was fun and a great bunch of students.


Fantasy Creature Acrylic Painting Process Video


I just recently posted a new acrylic painting process video to my YouTube channel. Hope you enjoy it. 



Okotto, Nago, Beautiful and Strong

A few months ago I have the absolute pleasure for creating work for a Miyazaki Tribute show at SketchPad Gallery in San Francisco. I decided I'd illustrate Nago from Princess Mononoke in his peaceful form, before he lost himself. I produced two original pieces in the creation of this illustration; a pencil and a painting.

The pencils I use tend to be on the softer side and don't do well with lots of painting over top, especially on a painting this detailed. So instead, once the pencil is finished, I scan it in and reprint it as a giclee print on hot press watercolor paper. This way, I can preserve my pencil work underneath the gouache. 

I tend to layer quite a bit with gouache, staining and building up values slowly. Overall, this piece took about 3-4 days to complete. Here's the final image: 

The final image measures 9x12 and is gouache on hot press watercolor paper. Thanks so much for looking! 


Crab Dude. Messing around with zbrush masks and polypaint.


Small Faced Blue Alien 


Feral Alien

Hi All,

I'm new to this blog so i thought i'd upload my first attempt with polypaint in Zbrush. Hope you all like.





A new and old dragon.

This fella was done for a pitch.


and this guy was just done for fun  :)  He's scouting for some prey...



Brush Pen Monster Drawing

Hi, everyone.

I did this drawing using a Pentel Fude brush pen.


- Jeff


Indigenous Race (Tribal) 03

Hey guys,
So here's the final of the last indigenous species I'm exploring this month. The other two were a bit more on the cute and docile or less intimidating side whereas this race would be a little more threatening. If you'd like access to rewards and to help support me and my work head to: -

I have the time lapsed process recorded for this one and you'll see how although the majority of the body was established early on - I had gone through multiple different passes for the face. Eventually ending up with this macaw-like "skull/mask" which was inspired by birds and African tribal masks.

This piece along with the other 2 will be included in the rewards which will go out between March 1st - 8th 2016 once all payment has been processed by Patreon. I'll begin new work during the first week of March. Thanks again for the support.

I'll post a recap of everything that will be included in the rewards in the next few days, cheers guys.

- Mike


It has been far too long since I posted here,

I won't spam with dozens of images, I'll just post a few of the latest personal pieces I've been working on since I started a Patreon about 3 months ago.

I've been using the Patreon to focus a bit more on my Demons and Deities project, producing some of the creatures, beings, indigenous species etc. Some of the more interesting Demon/Deity groups I started to explore are the Psychopomps

If you'd like to access rewards, help support me and my work, head to and you can become my patron.
Thanks for your support guys,
- Mike



Creature Design | Legendary Games 2015 (Seattle, WA)

Hi everyone!  Just thought I'd post some work I did for Legendary Games kickstarter project Legendary Planet.

These things are called the Krang, Jagladine, and Chag.  There's more about the work, which includes more than just creatures, on my BeHance project - link.