Thursday, August 29, 2013

'Through the Portal'

You ever feel like someone, or something is watching you?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

'Spider Slayer'

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

Sneaky, Sneaky II

Dragons and dwarves. I just can't seem to get away from them. And I guess the dwarves can't seem to get away from the dragon. This was a response to the knight and the dragon from the previous post. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sneaky, Sneaky

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

A Waterfall of Faces

Waterfall of faces. This one was fun and inspired a bit by an image of Aaron Pocock's I had seen recently, and an image or two of Brian Froud's. I haven't allowed myself the pleasure of just letting my pencil wander as it would for quite some time and wanted to explore some whismsical imagery. This was the result. Odd, yes, but fun none-the-less.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


I don't often paint magic. It's something I would like to remedy. This fellow came about while, again, at work. In the midst of spell craft, the wizard prepares to unleash his magic.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

'Watch Your Step'

Oozes are great. They are a staple to fantasy dungeon crawling and remain one of my favourite monsters. Please enjoy this little sketch from a day stuck down taking tickets at work recently. It's been awhile, I apologize. I have more images coming very soon. Tonight or tomorrow I am photgraphing some from the sketchbook.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Just Art

I am exhausted. So, no words, just an image, today. Thank you, everyone!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Continuation

This should have been included with the last post, as it's all related. Even though the two ancient helms are not stylistically the same as the more medieval versions, I sketched them here so I would not forget the shapes and cool designs.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Knights And Warhammers; And A Longing For Those Past

So, I have a thing for warhammers. Not sure exactly why, though I suspect exposure to the 'Dragonslayers' painting by Larry Elmore had something to do with it. The left sketch book page is a sampling of some ideas I was exploring while designing the weapon the knight on the right is carrying.

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

'Battle With The Nazgul'

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

A Long Week, and Then... Behold! ... Er...

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.