Werewolves, bosomy princesses, snarling dragons and ancient wastelands - this is the world where Steve Prescott lives. Well, on paper anyway. The Columbus College of Art & Design graduate spoke more about painting fantasy worlds for popular card lines and video games.

Werewolves, bosomy princesses, snarling dragons and ancient wastelands - this is the world where Steve Prescott lives. Well, on paper anyway. The Columbus College of Art & Design graduate spoke more about painting fantasy worlds for popular card lines and video games.

I freelance full time . I usually only work for three companies consistently, because they fill my schedule. The main company is Wizards of the Coast. They make "Magic: The Gathering," "Dungeons & Dragons" and the more popular gaming games that you've heard of.

My work is used for enhancing the games. So it'd be on collectible cards or on book covers for role-playing games. They're not everywhere. You have to go seek them out.

With a commission, th ey usually don't describe it in detail. They leave it open for the interpretation of the artist, which is why I'm still doing it. There's enough room for me to still play around with my own look and feel.

For this piece [pictured], i t's an established character. He's like this demon lord in "Dungeons & Dragons," a classic monster from the early '80s. They said, "Show him in his lair with a bunch of regular-sized underling hyena people, and they look really mean."

Three things I can't live without are my family, hiking and artwork.

A lot of artists have said to follow your heart a nd your artwork will be better. I've noticed that with a lot of artists I dig: They'll come out with an art book, and my favorite pieces are all the ones they just did privately for themselves.

I grew up a geek. Now I'm able to turn that geekiness into some kind of money, which is good. I like fantasy and sci-fi. I certainly appreciate all the gaming, but now I don't have the time to do it. I'd rather just do the artwork anyway.

M y influence growing up was sci-fi horror movies. "Aliens" came out when I was in seventh grade, and that was probably my biggest influence kick. I wasn't even R-rated-movie age yet, and a buddy and I got in to see it twice.

Something people don't know about me is that I hoard Legos. That's my vice. I don't spend money on drugs or technology, iPods or expensive TVs or anything like that. But I do spend too much money on Legos. They're still awesome.

Know someone doing cool things around Columbus? E-mail John Ross at jross@columbusalive.com.