Christopher’s Art Desk: A Flying Lizard Concept Illustration

“Christopher’s Art Desk” offers readers a glimpse into Christopher’s illustration process, from early references and concept sketches to the final pieces.

Last month’s article explored the process behind the illustration of Aren, Brom’s ring, featuring reference photos, concept sketches, and the finished piece.

Today’s illustration transports readers into the world of one of Christopher’s newer science fiction works. The piece depicts a flying lizard, wings folded along its back, perched on a leaf.


Inspired by an image he found online, Christopher drew the lizard as a concept piece while writing a science fiction screenplay last year. Although this illustration reveals little about that project, it offers readers a glimpse into one of Christopher’s recent projects. In a video discussing his latest novel, Christopher cryptically referenced the screenplay, stating, “I also did a screenplay, which turned out to be a lot harder than I expected—no surprises there.”

Christopher’s Art Desk is an ongoing series on Look for more installations in the future.

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