Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Hunting spiders can be perilous work, evidenced by the plethora of victims lying in the beast's terrible den. One fellow, however, has been able to succeed where so many others have failed. Mortally wounded, the spider will soon expire, ridding the world of a silent and ravenous menace.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
This was fun. One of the things I love about Magic cards is that they are self-contained narrative. Really good ones are those that unite story with mechanics and flavour text fluidly. It is the same with any illustration. Magic cards, however, are little pocket-sized art pieces that you can store in great numbers in boxes smaller than an art book. Granted, the art is best seen in larger form in a book, or, even better, in person.
Even if I didn't like playing Magic so much, I would still collect the cards for the easily accessible art they contain. I do not care about their material value and often buy them solely for the artwork (and will use them in decks, even if they are not very effective, just so I can look at them while I play and because I like the ambiance they bring to my playing experience). I have a stack of cards I keep just for the art, separate from the cards I play with, that I look at every now and again for inspiration.
The card game aside, I like to think about my own images in ways that tell stories well. 'Show, don't tell', rings in my ears frequently. I hope you all enjoy this image. It made me laugh when I was done and sparked another exploration I will share with you in my next post.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
I miss the role playing game fantasy art of about about twenty years ago and earlier. The weapons were plausible and the armour functional. Granted, this is still the case in some instances today but, largely, the popular aesthetic is the big shoulder pad, gigantic weapon, etc. I feel at a loss sometimes because I cannot suspend my disbelief while viewing modern fantasy. I respect many artists that do the kind of work I am speaking of, and they are amazing. The large armour and weapons are just not my aesthetic. I miss Parkinson, and Darrell Sweet.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
The battle Theoden fights with the Nazgul has always been a topic of great interest to me. The fall of the King of Rohan and the revenge that was had in his honour are two of the most poignant images in 'The Lord of the Rings', in my opinion. I have been trying for a long while to capture the confusion and intimacy of this scene. I was able to somewhat capture it here. I would like to further explore this theme (and I am sure I will in paintings and further sketches) but this was a nice initial mood study and put me right at the height of the action, directly before the moment when all is finally decided. Enjoy.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Hey, folks. Back again after a long week. Lots of drawing accomplished, but not much time to scan them. So, here goes. A picture of some adventurers battling it out with a beholder. These creatures hold a special place in my heart, as I'm sure they do with so many others. This is the one creature I never fought as a character but always wanted to. What a cool battle that must make. I always loved the mirrour idea as a way to zap intruders.