Saturday, November 16, 2013

the final piece from Lords of Waterdeep: Skullport - Survive Arcturia’s Transformation

 This image was really fun, I had to draw an elven sorceress in the early stages of a monstrous transformation, and I enjoyed working on the details of the monster hand and her expression of sheer terror. Again, you can see me still using the same limited palette I used on the other pieces from this set, and here I tried to really use the lighting to reinforce the focus and work with the composition and mood.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Relic iconic - Priestess

Another character from an as yet unpublished sequel to Relic: Caladon falls, this one is the healer and spell caster, a woman from the desert merchant kingdoms.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thunderscape Iconic - Golemoid

You'll notice here there was quite a shift from the initial sketch to the final art. The client wanted a more aggressive stance and hunched back to bring out the beastly quality in the character. Fortunately, I was able to make the necessary changes in photoshop by simply moving and tilting a few things around.

Also, the description called for the character to have a steam golem torso, which ended up looking just like a breastplate, so they asked me to add in the arm as well, to make the artificial anatomy more obvious.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pathfinder art - Katapesh Halfling

Another character from the Guide to Katapesh,this was actually one of the easier ones from the set. I ended up adding a lot of little details and patterns to the costuming once I finished the color, which did add some time, but in total it was still under 4-5 hours.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

More art from Hex - The Faterack

The second of my cards done for Cryptozoic, this one features a magic torture device, an evil rack designed with multiple colored tentacles, and a sad victim demonstrating exactly why we don't want to experience the thing firsthand.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

more work from Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport

 Done for the Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport expansion, this one was an interesting challenge. I knew the bone throne was going to need a lot of detail, and gems, and putting in the snakes, and leaving room for the halfling to take his shot at recovering said treasure, was going to be a tough balance.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pathfinder art - Dervish

Another character from the guide to Katapesh, this one is a classic desert warrior, done with the characteristic style and detail required for Pathfinder art.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Iron Ring Slaves

 Done for the Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport expansion. This image features a blackguard taking a slave from the slave market of Skullport. I had a lot of fun detailing the armor of the blackguard, and all the figures in the background.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Magic the Gathering special release Hydra set

 Done for the Theros block, but as a special set, the Hydra card images are very cool. Many of them are done from the same, "first person" perspective seen here, and all of them are truly badass. It was interesting to see so many different takes on the hydra design, as they gave us some great concept art, but then told us to re-interpret it as we saw fit, so the set has many awesome ideas and some of the coolest hydra designs ever.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

convention sketches from the 2013 season

These are just two of the dozens of sketches that came out of my convention season this year, as you probably know by now, whenever I find myself sitting in a booth at a show, standing or sitting behind a table, I always find time to draw until my wrist is ready to fall off and my fingers are bloody. OK that's not true. But at times, it feels like it at the end of the day. Nonetheless it always results in some truly great sketches, as nothing motivates like an audience, and to be honest, its a rarity that I find the time to sketch for four whole days in a row when at home.
Most of the really great sketches that come out of conventions however, are lost to time, and I will very rarely have the opportunity to share. You see, the better the sketch, the faster someone buys it from me, so the less chance I will have to snap a quick photo before its disappeared into the roiling crowd forever.

Friday, November 1, 2013

 This is the Rapacian Steamwright iconic from the upcoming Thunderscape roleplaying game. This was one of the more detailed characters in the set, and certainly an unusual fantasy character that really illustrates what makes this setting unique. Yes that's an acid squirt gun.