Wednesday, 9 July 2014

When flying ... never forget gravity.

The Storyteller
When flying, no matter the pleasure, never forget about gravity, because landing can be a tad painful.

I was about to post again just before the end of June, at least that was the plan when I decided, inadvertently to be sure, to try flying. It was great, much enjoyed for the second or so I experienced it before gravity took over and I struck the ground. Then came the hurt after lying there thinking ... I can't move. But luckily, I eventually could and at last in great distress rose from my crumpled heap position to something that resembled one of my earlier ancestors attempts to walk on hind legs.

Ok. Ok, I wasn't just flying per say; I actually tripped over a small wall with a steeper drop on the other side in the dark and as I only had my arm to cushion the fall onto hard ground it hurt a lot more than when I once fell into a house. But that's another story.

Suffice to say I'm well on the bend, even though I may have cracked a rib, but I'm fine, and that is the reason why this blog, intended for the end of June, never happened till now.

I'll try and keep any further prattle down now and just post pictures as usual. The main theme of which is related to some old mainly foreign Games Workshop related stuff.

These were done for Le Grimoire titles.

This picture, above, was for one of the FF Advanced titles... Blacksand, but this below was, I believe, for White Dwarf/Game Workshop and because of the detail and the original size of the work I have reproduced it larger.

To conclude here are a few more picture from the past that others have posted related to Fable Lands and the Blood Sword series in the main. Shown larger than drawn size.

Next time, some work never seen [more or less [grin] before] and not too long from now. Finally a couple of pictures from the Goldhawk series by Ian Livingstone to be used in 'You are the Hero' publication I believe.

I thought, to end, a little bit of colour ... so there you have it.

Till then, thank you for looking and I do appreciate comments and questions [if I can answer them].

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

June ... and the little birdies are a tweeting in the evening air

Right, this is an other of these mixed posts. With some old stuff from the early 70's and a couple of more recent bits.

So let's start with some more old covers; which link to the April post, most were done in brush but at least one, the last of the four [here], with added pen line.


 No idea what happened to the original art but I recently found my original copies of the magazine.

Another from around that period was done for a smaller format magazine. I think this has appeared before in my blog, but have added it here as another part of it's ''history'' relates to figures and characters I was designing for a proposed strip for White Dwarf Magazine. They'd asked me to come up with an idea and make a submission, which I did. The reply ran to a variation on 'Thanks, but no thanks'. But I felt some of the characters I was planning to use in the strip needed airing somewhere. OR... as they say, waste not...

 These last pictures, were produced for a German Magazine, which liked my work and contacted me to send some fillers and here, for this issue, illustrate a story by Van Vogt. The magazine was called 2001 [1978] and I've reproduced the cover below.. Sadly, after a couple of other small German jobs, I heard no more from that quarter. What was fun was they wanted SF work not Fantasy which was refreshing.
I don't have the originals these were scanned from the magazine, which I found I still have.

This next is a variation on a comic fanzine cover I did around that same period. First the cover... and then the variation

I cannot remember which came first... 'the chicken or the egg'; I suspect the later, but the robot design itself dates even earlier from work produced in the very early 70's.

Now, as promised, a couple of new pieces. Occasionally [actually rarely ..laugh] I have, as mentioned, been commissioned for reworkings of older work such as 'The Warlock' or 'Balthus Dire' for example but occasionally I'm asked to recreate an original piece 'full size' such happened to recreate a picture of Chadda from Shadowmaster, by Steve Jackson, in the Fighting Fantasy related series. First the original used in the book ... this copy found on the internet.

Next the 'newer' version, and newer is right as although this mimics the original it is not a slavish copy.

Last, a couple of small colour studies produced for the Dungeonworld game, similar to those done before [see earlier posts].

That's it for now ... next some Games Workshop related bits I think. 

Saturday, 17 May 2014


So, what's new I'm late again. Apologies. I was hoping to have some work that was completed last year to show but as it's yet to be published I need to wait a while longer.

However, here is a rough I used for one of the drawings.

But there is fresh news, I've been invited as a guest to the first dedicated Fighting Fantasy convention, "Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014", this September in London, featuring special guest appearances by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, and the official book launch of 'You Are The Hero - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks', by Jonathan Green. 

Now I recognise this may not be news to a lot of you [grin], and I'm the Luddite when it comes to keeping up with technology, but it gives me a chance to post a couple of old FF pictures. 

Occasionally I'm commissioned to reproduce an old piece like Balthus Dire, and such was the case but as the recipient is yet to receive his gift I cannot show the variation until later in the year.  Thee request [laugh, I make it sound as if I get lots of them] is for Zagor himself, but like all things it is sometimes tiresome to recreate old work so I tend to add sight variations. Here are two such variation, the second of which is for  'You Are The Hero - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks'.

At present, I've been finishing recreating a 'new' work based on another FF book: Blacksand.

When I have permission I'll post the latest version of this picture. I the meantime ..another old piece.

To finish this FF link a couple of other related commissions. First, 'The approach to Firetop Mountain'. 

Second, is a variation on the theme of the 'Drunken Orc'.
Now to finish another link to the FF theme this time to the book 'Titan', about to be published soon
I believe, in France, which also includes a couple of new pieces from myself as well as 'old' stuff. 
Here are two new drawings, including one and its variation.
Ghosts in the Library.

Zombie Dwarf King

Also the variation offered [actually ... with just the black sky [cough].
Can you guess which I preferred?

Finally, two more pieces. A Beastie shown with and without a background.

Lastly and older beastie, my own little creation a 'Worguliod'. Actually 
it's not so little.

Till the next time and some very old stuff for Fanzines and related 
magazines, and fingers crossed not so long to wait ....but I've said 
that before.