To save himself, he may have to save us all. How tedious.
Jayel Draco is the co-founder, illustrator & designer of Oneshi Press, where he illustrates books, comics, prints, and merch. Several of Oneshi’s flagship titles are illustrated by Jayel. The following illustration galleries show samples of his work on some of these projects.
Children of Gaia (COG):
COG: Concept Art
This illustration gallery from Children of Gaia (COG) focus on character and world design for the ongoing fantasy-epic by Oneshi Press. In Rendaraia, where nature, magic, and civilization have long coexisted, strangers of unknown origin have begun to invade. As war rages between the Terran interlopers and Rendaraian natives, the hundreds of unique cultures are now subjected to devastation as their planet is ravaged by an imperial society that has its own rapacious needs back in its own politically divided home. But there is more at work than battles fought over land rights or culture: Rendaraia and its invaders are linked more deeply than any of them realize. Children of Gaia is the story of thousands, told through the eyes of those living through the most turbulent years of a collision of worlds. As some fight to preserve their way of life, others strive to create new traditions, some vie for power, and many battle just to stay alive.
COG: Great Nations
The five Great Nations of Rendaraia have stood for centuries as strongholds of culture, magic, science, and military strength. When, one by one, the Nations mysteriously fall—each destroyed in a day, with no time for word or warning—the intrepid scholar Jan’Ka’Zian sets out to record a complex network of intertwined cultures on the edge of destruction. Jayel Draco’s gorgeous illustrations present a vivid picture of elaborate cityscapes and mountain vistas, vast skyfaring fleets, and fantastic flora and fauna.
COG: War & Horses
Deep in the dustbowl of the newly formed People’s Republic of Draven, an overthrown aristocracy coexists with the country’s new government in an uneasy peace that’s often broken by conflict. In the midst of the upheaval, famine and drought wrack the once-fertile breadbasket—and violence is a spark to dry grass. In the midst of the chaos walks a shadowy figure: the Triggerman. The only sure thing about him is that he leaves a trail of chaos in his wake. Following that trail is novelist and journalist Landon Ford, documenting the Triggerman’s exploits and digging for the truth of his identity. War and Horses is Ford’s work: a series of dime-store novels, popular in Rendaraia and Terra alike. But the Triggerman is very real—and his true purpose may become the story of Ford’s life.
This gallery shows photomanipulation work by Jayel. These digital composites focus on character and world design for the ongoing work-in-progress “Children of Gaia” a fantasy epic by Oneshi Press. Almost all of these are created from photos that he’s taken himself, including backgrounds comprised of many various photos taken during his travels. He even created the costumes the models are wearing. In some cases, even the plants and mushrooms composited into the backgrounds he grew himself.
This illustration gallery from PACK focus on character and world design for the ongoing gritty-vigilante, work-in-progress coming soon by Oneshi Press. PACK is a costume crime fighter/vigilante justice comic book about a pack of 6 dogs and 1 man with zero tolerance for abuse of the innocent. Join Patience and his dogs of virtue in this comic-book noir as they prowl the darkest alleys of the Brooklyn night. These lawless back-alley vigilantes make their own justice as they put criminals under the fang. In such dark times, wrought with corruption and violence, the line between hero and villain is blurred. To the PACK it’s simple: theirs is the only acceptable violence, and their retribution is as swift as it is fierce.
Tracy Queen (NSFW):
This collection of illustration work from Tracy Queen focuses on character and world design for the ongoing gonzo sci-fi, work-in-progress coming soon by Oneshi Press, written by Lynsey G and Illustrated by Jayel Draco. Follow Tracy and Nikola, and their prn star friends, as they raise an army of cyborg-clone Drones to fight Dickie and his forces of the pr0nz status quo for the sxual soul of the nation… or take over the world for themselves. Whichever. Theirs is an epic tale of s*x! Drugs! Violence! Cyborgs! Mafia! Espionage! Love! Despair! Feminism! Adult stars! Moral conundrums! KABLOOEY!
Rough Comps & Sketches:
This gallery shows examples for Jayel’s Rough Comps & Sketches – including: finished black and white pieces, character designs, quick comps, preliminary rough work for illustration projects, etc. These Rough Comps & sketches run through a variety of projects, some for hire, some for his personal portfolio. Most notably, the majority of his sketches focus on character and world design for the ongoing work-in-progress “Children of Gaia” a fantasy epic coming soon by Oneshi Press.
Jayel is available as work-for-hire to create illustrations on a free-lance basis for both personal and commercial use. For more info on hiring, please check out the Commissions page.