Saturday, 9 December 2017

Line Sketches, and the next Twitch Stream

Playing around with some line sketches of figures from myth:




And tomorrow I'll return to streaming, having missed a week due to illness:


Why not hop on over to Twitch, look for midnightillustration, and click 'Follow'?
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

The Laughter of Dragons Cover

Part 2 of TotD is on the way (promise), but my cover for The Laughter of Dragons got revealed and it'd be a shame not to put that up right now :)

This is the full painting:

And here, the final image as it will appear in print, with graphic design by Paul Bourne:

Images © 2017 Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7 Entertainment
Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd and their respective licensees.


Oh! I'm also going to be streaming some more art again tonight, at 7.30pm UK time. It's the usual address - twitch.tv/midnightillustration Why not drop by and hang out for a bit?

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Twitch Stream - Graffiti Thumbnails

I said the next post would be Terror of the Darklords part 2, didn't I? I have it ready, but then it feels more pertinent to put up recordings of livestreams pretty soon after they take place, and I did this one yesterday evening.

The idea is to begin exploring ideas for my next graffiti piece, and that means thumbnailing. I've changed how I edit streams once they're done, so rather than auto-uploading to Youtube in 15-min sections, I download and then upload longer sessions. Given that, I'll try embedding Youtube videos of the streams, rather than linking to them on Twitch (it seems easier to do that in Blogger right now):

Part 1, up to the tea break:

Part 2, until I hit connection issues:


Part 3, when I could bring the connection back up and finish the stream:

Thanks for looking, and I (probably) will be back with some TotD pieces for the next update :)

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Terror of the Darklords, pt1

With pt2 as the next update on this blog, here's some of the work I did for this supplement to the Lone Wolf Adventure Game, from C7:








Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Pumpkin Skull vs OBS Issues

Part 2, or perhaps more accurately round 2 - issues of a different kind mean I don't have a video to link to this time, but at least I have the sketch to show!

I'm fairly sure I've ironed out all the problems, though, so I should be good to go, no tech troubles, next time :)

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Twitch: Pumpkin Skull vs Bad Connection

I tried to stream this afternoon, but it didn't go that well. The art went fine, but my internet connection was... sub-par would be the polite term.

That said, I've got something to work on next time I can get everything set up. Choppy visuals notwithstanding, here's what I did:

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Twitch: Hard-Edge Limited-Tone Sketching

My stream from last night - I said in the last post that I wanted to try working live on some of the hard-edge sketching, and this is what happened.
Thanks for looking, and if you enjoyed it just go and click 'follow' over on Twitch to catch me next time I'm live (no schedule yet... but I'm working on it). And hey, while you're at it, you can find me on various social media sites if you follow the links at the top-right of this page :)

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Super Loose, Hard Edged, Limited Tone Sketches

I tried a series of super loose sketches, mostly using only the hard round brush, trying to get form with very limited tones and with no blending or hatching (and with a heavy ancient Egyptian theme):



Then I tried again:



I think I'd like to carry the idea on, perhaps either working with black, white and 2 shades of grey or by working with colour (I'm not sure yet what kind of intensity level I'd be looking for, that just needs experimentation to find out what works best... but my suspicion is that higher would be more interesting).

I think I'd also like to try streaming something similar soon.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Painting in Cheltenham

Last weekend I was out painting at the 1st Cheltenham Paint Festival, and it was amazing - okay, the weather wasn't inclined to help, but the organisers did an amazing job of coordinating everything and making sure the artists were looked after.. I took a few shots of my in-progress stencils, the work in-progress, and recorded a short video during one of the many rain breaks.

You can see all the completed works on the festival's website: www.cheltenhampaintfestival.co.uk/completed-works









Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Twitch - Silhouette Challenge

I got around to streaming again on Twitch - this time working within a silhouette. The idea, and this specific shape, are originally from a Facebook thread by Patri Balanovsky, and a challenge that ended before I could grab a moment to join in, but hey, it's all just a bit of fun so I had a go anyway.
Thanks for watching, and if you enjoyed just go click follow over on Twitch to catch me next time I'm live (no schedule yet... but I'm working on it).

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Middle-earth Spots

Some more spot illustrations, which appeared variously in publications for The One Ring and Adventures in Middle-earth:






Images © 2017 Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7 Entertainment
Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd and their respective licensees.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

C7 LWAG Game Screen

This dropped into my email the other day, a game screen for C7's Lone Wolf Adventure Game made of the various covers I've painted for the game. This was compiled by Paul Bourne, C7's incredibly capable graphic designer.


Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Twitch - Videogame Villain Sketch: Cutman

Despite my broadband provider being less-than-reliable and causing me to set my plans back by an hour, I was able to broadcast another stream tonight. The topic this time was a sketch of the MegaMan 1 villain Cutman, trying to interpret the character in my own way while keeping to the basic underlying concept, and I've embedded the recording below: Thanks for watching!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Livestreaming on Twitch

One of the things I'd like to get into is livestreaming some of my work, but... not always so easy to show what I'm doing. No chance to show anything other than personal pieces, and that's also tricky right now as a lot of it is stencil work and not so good for commentary. Having said that, I did have a go at a point where I was working on some detailing for my next stencil piece, and streamed it live to Twitch - seems to have worked okay! I was honestly more nervous about the tech holding up than I was about talking.

I'd like to explore this kind of platform more, as time allows.

Thanks for watching! :)

Saturday, 8 July 2017

LWAG Bestiary Art, volume 2

Well, mostly volume 2. A few things got shifted around and some pieces got moved between books, but in any case here are the final Bestiary pieces.

As before, take a deep breath - this one's a long post:














































Thanks for looking!