Monday, June 29, 2015

CHECK THIS OUT! (Meanwhile, I'll be hard at work on my newest efforts... at learning more stuff!!!)

Inkitt's latest Science Fiction writing contest "Beyond Time" is now open for submissions!
Inkitt is a free writing platform that aims to help writers achieve their fullest potential. On June 22nd the site launched a new Science Fiction writing contest:
Beyond Time
Submit your most imaginative and fantastic Science Fiction stories! Take your readers on a journey; ride a spaceship, explore an extraterrestrial universe, travel through time - the possibilities are endless and the universe is yours. Be spellbinding, be world altering, and let your imagination run free.
Contest guidelines
Authors will retain all rights to any and all works submitted in the contest.
Original stories of any length are accepted.
Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to be considered eligible.
The contest opens on June 22th and closes on July 27th.
The contest is completely free to enter.
The top 10% based on reader votes get the chance to be picked by the Inkitt staff for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.
All entrants will have the chance to show their work to a rapidly growing community of authors and readers hungry for high-quality fiction.
Submit your stories here:

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Muppet Fun

Part photo-manipulation and part digital painting, this piece was done just to have a bit of fun...!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

NEW ACTION TOY AIRCRAFT/SPACECRAFT & PILOT DESIGN!!! This is from my project currently in development, and I plan to create a full range of AWESOME toys and associated accessories. Thanks muchly for having a look!!! "13th RPS" story, screenplay, graphic novel, and all other associated artwork and/or writings ©2014 William D. McDonald Jr.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Satsop Matte project

While I was in western Washington State, I snapped off this pic of the Satsop nuclear power plant that was never completed or used, and had some fun with it.

Thanks for having a look!!!

More digital fun!!!

This item, a piece that is part photo manipulation, part digital painting, part matte and all fun, was done to keep my head and hands sharp. Plus, it helps take my mind away from any negativity, which is VERY therapeutic.

The second image is what the photo looked like before I got my mitts on it...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Yup... MORE zombie stuff!

A project from the aforementioned Zombie drawing book.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Zombie hand, after coloring in Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro

After photographing the sketch, I brought it into Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro and added some color. Sketchbook Pro runs amazingly on my Galaxy Tab 3 tablet, and I can't wait to get cracking on the next project!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Zombie Pencil Practice

A sketch of a zombie hand as seen in "How to Draw Zombies" by Mike Butkus and Merrie Destafano, published by Fantasy Underground (ISBN #13: 978-1-60058-197-7). Not one of the exercises necessarily, but great to practice on anyways. 

Over the next few months, I'll be posting more Zombie madness, and all in prep for a project I'll talk about soon...


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sketch practice - Male Angel

Once again, more sketch fun with this male Angel, and I'm happy for the character's look, but disappointed that I didn't sketch him larger so I could flood detail all over it. Perhaps that will be the norm on the next works. 

Thanks for having a look!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Pencil Sketch Practice

I've always had trouble making attractive people in my sketches. This one, I believe, is a great start in the right direction. Thanks for having a look!!! :-)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

My very first watercolor painting!!!

Postcard size (4.5" x 6")

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Crayola watercolor marker fun.

"Aidaara" plant for my project.

Crayola watercolor marker fun.

Samakina plant for one of my projects. Thanks for having a look!!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Crayola watercolor marker fun/work

For one of my projects... (Wooohoooo!)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Letraset Warm Grays - doodling

Fun with Letraset "Warm Grays" markers. Total time: 2.5 hrs., while watching "Ben Hur".


Done jez fer the Heck of it... A practice piece... :-D

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Android Tablet Project

I'm using Autodesk's Sketchbook software on this 'lil booger!!! Check back soon for the finished piece.

Gonna give each plateau a waterfall or two...

Monday, July 11, 2011

"GUATAA'S LEGACY" - Concept Art 1001

"The Tianaans" - Great beasts of the Naniatuuvian Mountains that surrounds the jungles where Guataa's village hides from Saur hunting parties.

"Guataa's Legacy" & "The Tianaans" © 2011 William "Mac" McDonald Jr.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

"GUATAA'S LEGACY" - Concept Art 0001

"Saur Battle Mech with Saurian Driver". Part traditional materials (acrylic on illustration board, background only) and Photoshop. Fun, fun, fun...

Don't worry, it won't bite (unless it wants your strawberry shortcake ice cream cone...!)

"Guataa's Legacy" & "Saur Battle Mech" © 2011 William "Mac" McDonald Jr.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Art Update 2

More art from gigs & personal projects.

Thanks for having a look!

Art Update

Pics to view (for those who wish to view). Some are from gigs, some are personal projects, & others are practice pieces (from tutorials via my d'Artiste books).

Have a great day!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Traditional Art Piece

As much as I love doing art in a digital medium, I always enjoy doing an occasional painting in traditional mediums. This painting, of a Peregrine Falcon, was painted in acrylic on a special art board from Dick Blick Art Supplies ( ). Thanks for stopping by to have a look!
- William McDonald

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Fun in taking it to the next level. More? Perhaps later.


"Excuse me! I think I'm lost!"



Saturday, October 30, 2010


A bit of fun in creature sketching.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

"CHARACTERS & CREATURES" - Concept Art Studies

"Creature Concept -0001a"

"All Hallows Eve - Character Concept -0002b"

I love thinking about and creating creatures and characters. On my characters, I use Poser 6 to establish the "blocking in" of the characters, then embellish them in Photoshop CS2 using digital painting techniques. On my creatures, I usually start off with a rough pencil sketch, scan it into CS2, then paint away on it until OCD subsides...


"ENVIRONMENTAL ART" - Concept Art Studies


"B&W Study"

"Alien Music Store"

"Floating Upside Down City"

"U.S.S. Erhardt"

"The Dock"

"Art Crusades - River Guardian"

All of these pieces are "Digital Art" created in Photoshop CS2, and some were submissions to contests at ...


3D Modeling - CGSphere Submission

"The Time Machine" has an activity whre the 3d artists are presented with a project file comprised of a simple sphere, and a "cyc" background. Users are allowed to create anything they wish from the sphere, but are not allowed to change the size or position of any element in the original scene file. This was my submission, a construct of the time machiine in the 2000 remake of "The Time Machine". Everything seen was created/adapted from the simple sphere, with the only exception being the main character Alexander Hartdegen, played by Actor Guy Peirce, and was one of the "Poser 6 Bussinessmen" adapted to fit the period and look of the actor.