Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Eat, drink and be Mary

A sneak peek at upcoming art for Fight On #4. Note that the wizard and the hobbit finally found some friends!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A brush with the past...

Back in college, it was the "thing" at the time to draw with a brush instead of a pen. It gives a nice flowing line and also helps when you can't get your damned tech pens unclogged. This was for an issue of Footprints from Dragonsfoot.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Failing my FART roll....

Is it just me, or does this guy have his chainmail tucked into his pants? Looks painful. Hopefully whatever is at the bottom of that pit will take his mind off of it.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Phase 4: Oh Crap...

In working on this drawing, I made one big error: not finding out more from the one who ordered it. When we last left off, I had thought this drawing was in the can and done. Then I find that I've made a big error: the chateau is supposed to be a ruin, not a nice looking building.

Parts of the second floor needed to be collapsed. Luckily, GIMP was there to rescue me and I didn't have to resort to anything drastic. Still, I thnk it turned out well.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Phase 3: Chateau!

After finishing the inks on the horses, it was time to add the Chatueu itself. Working from maps that James had given me, I figured what angle the building would be from this vantage and there you go! I had a lot of fun doing the clay tile roof, though I got off on my rows here and there.

But we're still not done!

Next time: Fables of the Deconstruction!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Phase 2: Go to Black

Next up: Inks! Using a #1 nib, I start inking in the sketch. You'll notice this is where the detail bits get thrown in. I never bother with those in the initial sketch. I like to block out angles and general shapes there and get down to the nitty gritty with the ink.

Two notes: These are hippocampuses, not hippogriffs as I posted last (At least I got hippo...) Also, I give hippocampuses hooves. I see a lot of drawings of them with these little, delicate flippers on the end of their giant, powerful legs. Looks like they wouldn't last long to me!

One more note: This was the first drawing I'd ever done with horses in it. Just never done it before. I had to do a lot of research on how horses are put together for this drawing. I'm happy with it, though!

Next time: We conquer the Chatuea!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Evolution of a drawing: Phase 1

Okay, so I haven't posted in a loooong time! I got stuck on a drawing awhile back, and then got busy, and you know how the rest!

I've decided to do a three part post on the evolution of a drawing. Today we start with an image I did for James
Maliszewski's "Cursed Chateau".

He had asked for a drawing of a three tiered fountain in a courtyard. He wanted the fountain to have hippogriffs on it somehow. I got the idea of having the hippogriffs supporting the tiers of the fountain with their tails. The drawing above is the rough I sent to James for approval.

Tomorrow: Inks!