Monday, 28 November 2016

International Self Portrait Day 2016

So... this is a bit late. International Self Portrait Day is always on November 1st, and I did manage to squeeze in a little time to take part this year (and then plain forgot to post here!).

I'm still working on my personal sketch limitations - 4 colours maximum, solid blocks and hard edges only (techniques like hatching not allowed), and seeing how far I can go with it. I'd have liked to have had more time, but it was at a premium that day so I had to make do, and got it done with just minutes to spare! Anyway, it's a great idea to get involved in challenges like this, or Drawllowe'en, or Inktober (which I'm now committing to for 2017) as you can really stretch yourself if you like, you can experiment with styles you wouldn't normally use but with some structure to the challenge (which some people, myself included, like as a change of pace from personal work which is entirely unguided), and you're taking part in something with other people across the world - that's an awesome feeling.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Work from World War Cthulhu: Our American Cousins

Good grief, it's been quite a while since I had an update for you! As always, there's an awful lot stashed away that I'm not cleared to show, but some pieces have now been given the green light to be posted. I've painted ten pieces for the Our American Cousins supplement for World War Cthulhu, but only three have been revealed so far (and the cover, which features art from Jon Hodgson and logo from Paul Bourne - check it all out here). Here we go:

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Pictures from the Lone Wolf Adventure Game Bestiary

Good grief it's been a while since there's been an update! I have been very busy, though, so there's no shortage of paintings currently under NDA (and it certainly feels like I've never painted faster than I am now... but I think that has to be a good thing). A few, however, were revealed on the Lone Wolf Adventure Game's Kickstarter page in a recent update. These are all from the LWAG Bestiary:

Thanks for looking!
(I'm going to try to find a couple of hours on Nov 1st for a bash at International Self Portrait Day, and try out a new style. I would have loved to attempt Inktober this year, but there's just no time... next year, though, I will do it.)

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Heroes of Magnamund Cover, Printed

Back in January I posted the step-by step for this cover (link HERE), and now I get to see it in printed form! I've since done two more covers for C7, but this is the first to come out from the printers, and so it feels a little special.

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Warm-Up Sketches

Over the last couple of weeks I've had a little time to loosen up a bit before work, and with DC's Suicide Squad recently released I figured I'd have a bash at sketching Harley and the Joker (older versions, I don't care too much for the modern ones). Well, it seemed apt to keep on with a few more DC villains, so I ended up tackling Amanda Waller, Sinestro, Grundy and Poison Ivy.

Tried to keep to 30min each, but Grundy and Ivy went over by maybe 5 or 10 as I tried to find the right pose to convey what I wanted from each.

I've got a few thoughts on costume and character design, particularly for women depicted in comic and fantasy art, but I want to sit and develop those thoughts a bit more before I write anything substantial. I'm fascinated particularly by the language of big, simple shapes and colours, and how this plays out perhaps more overtly with comic characters than anywhere else.

I'm not sure there'll be any more of these kinds of sketches for a while, as I've got quite a bit on my plate right now with the Ludlow Art Society's 70th Anniversary Summer Exhibition coming up in just a couple of weeks, but maybe after? If something new hasn't taken my attention, that is...

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Work from Section 46 Operations Manual

The final 3 pieces I painted for C7's World War Cthulhu, Cold War: Section 46 Operations Manual:

Next up... I'm not actually sure. I've Lone Wolf and Middle-Earth work, as well as Cthulhu Tales pieces that are still under NDA, so we'll see what comes out first.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Unearthed Pictures!

So... while I was preparing the last batch of pictures, the Erebor ones, I stumbled across these pieces from Adventures of the Kai, and I realised I'd never posted them! Here we go:

Thanks for looking!