Tuesday, 28 August 2012

August again .... some newer work.

Right, this post will show some new stuff before I revert to the old [grin] again. My computer is showing its age and crashes without warning recently .... reboot, reboot my kingdom for a good reboot! So if I 'disappear' then you'll know the reason why .... the computer eat me.

First up, as someone mentioned wanting to see a little more detail of that book end paper for Goodman Games posted last time; here are the two original separate drawings for the left and the right side of the picture.

First, the left side
The Manticore rules!
Second, the right side

A couple of pics showing character sketches related to 'Dungeon World' ....


These two for a Mongoose Drake  project ...which appears to be in stasis {?}
First the sketch, as I know a lot of you like to see those, then a version of the final art.

Then another character sketch for the same project ....
Now onto some more colour work. These were done For the summer issue of the Kobold Magazine.
First a character study of a Dragonkin janissary.

Next a Dragonkin Summoner/Elementalist working in his cave high in the mountains.

Watercolour on board, with colour pencil highlights then 'lighting effects' added using Photoshop.  

I had one more to post, but I think I will keep that for next time .... computer permitting :).

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

A Promise is a ...

I've mentioned showing some very old work from the late 70's which I thought I had lost. The originals were ...... good question, but the answer is I have no idea, and although I thought all the prints long gone destroyed, when I had a partial roof collapse, which resulted in rain damage to a lot of stuff in a back room.

However, as mentioned, two examples of my version of trying to draw a set of pictures based on "The Hobbit" survive, even if in 'poor' condition, and as I keep on saying I will show them .... Well, here they are. Sadly the picture quality is also dreadful [don't ask it's cringe making to recount], but as it may be next month before I have the opportunity to re-shoot for better quality, thought it sensible to at least give you all an 'idea' of what they look like. But don't forget to squint, lean to the left, and try for a following wind to see them better.

The first is of Gandulf.

The second picture shows the first meeting of Bilbo and Gollum.
As I've 'said' these were originally drawn back in the mid to late '70's as part of a small series of A3 prints. The runic lettering is based on Tolkien's own and can, for those who want to, be translated. As can the lettering on my 'Dwarf-Land' map [see last post].

Finally, while working in Papua New Guinea in the early '80's I picked up a couple of commissions, and here below is one such example. 
The subject, if memory serves, but I'm often told it doesn't, the subject was training for the local rugby club in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province. To add explanation. In PNG rugby is played as 'touch' rugby only, This is because 'proper' rugby often resulted in torn ears and worse. I only ever witnessed one such game between our college students and an other college. It resulted in a mass pitch invasion, a riot , and we staff looking to round up our students many who had to go into hiding from the clamouring mob. Why all the fuss? Our college was winning. 

Also, an end paper design from the 'latest' for Goodman Games to round up this short post.

Next some more oldies from the 1970's. Do any of you remember a very good fan magazine called 'Anduril' ?.