Sunday, 31 August 2014

A week to go to FFF day ... But trying to post in July [where does the time go?]

It's a week to go before the Fighting Fantasy Festival on the 7th September in London and I'm gearing up to have stiff wrist, or not, but with the published schedule it certainly sounds like it will be busy to fit everything in. As am I here [grin].

That entrance to the mountain keeps on changing [grin].

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Now for something completely different ...

Last year for Kobold Publishing I did a job which, for a variety of reasons has lain dormant, that is in terms of publishing, but I've been kindly allowed to post the work now so you can see what I did.

That was it, and this was it, I think, until after the FF Festival.

But instead a nice short, but important addition about the BloodSword Series.

Some of the books are reprinting some more of my work of yore.

Next, depending on what 'news' comes out of the event next Sunday will be a generic post about some of the pieces done for The Fiend Folio.

Now that really is ''that's it till next time '', till then, keep well.

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.