Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Getting on with the DAMN job

I was looking through my old art files on a spare hard drive and thought this might make an interesting post. I started on DAMN in September '13. I'm not sure how I got involved but I had been working with Daniel Bishop and Paul Wolfe on several projects, so I suspect they were somehow instrumental.

Below are a series of progress pieces of the cover taking shape - you may notice that Hugh the Barbarian at one stage was going to appear on the cover but for potential legal reasons I changed to just a savage barbarian to take that place on the screen. For those of you who haven't purchased issue one of DAMN (for shame), it was dedicated to Ray Harryhausen who had recently passed, so I tried to use as many iconic Harryhausen monsters I could - as did Daniel with his adventure.

First draft
 I always loved that cyclops! I wanted something that divided the front and back covers and initially it was going to be that tree. But I scrapped that and went with a different setting altogether after reading the adventure.
 And Harryhausen's medusa - well, I don't think anyone else has come close - mind you, I am a fan or Tony Randall as the medusa in The 7 Faces of Dr Lao.

 Above is where Hugh was going to cameo before we thought better of it lol. I had to have the Jason and the Argonauts skeletons. And Calibos to accompany Medusa.
 BTW the guy getting turned to stone is me - at least I got one cameo in there.

 And there we have it.
As much as I liked the cover my favourite piece from issue 1 of DAMN was the dragon illustration (another 7th Voyage of Sinbad monster).
I had an idea for the cover for issue 2 but I have since incorporated it as you may recognize...

Sunday, 8 November 2015

More Illustrations

More illustrations.

 This adventure has been more than a year in the making and I've called in others to help.
I'll be one happy camper when I get this all together.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Unused Patron Art

By request! :)

Back when I was illustrating Angels, Daemons and Beings Between, there were a few patrons that didn't make the final book. Since Paul Wolfe is publishing the stats for some of these patrons, I thought I might as well post the art. Forgive me, Paul, if I get the name's incorrect.

First off is Myrddin. I thought the write up on this patron was excellent - trying to imagine how to portray this in picture form was difficult to conceptualize. But instead of drawing the patron, I decided based on the culture Paul described I'd make the image of a Myrddin worshiper and a totem pole idol of said patron. Seen below:
 You can access the awesome description and details of Myrddin at the following LINK and it is well worth the read. In fact, it was Paul and Daniel J. Bishop's writing on patrons that got me interested in DCC to begin with.

Another patron I drew, and I'm not sure who the writer was on this one (sorry guys) or the patron's name but he was an entity that lived in a volcano and was appeased by precious gems from its followers - all I know is its name starts with 'T'.

This piece actually inspired me to draw symbols for each patron and I have somewhere a collection of 'holy' symbols or markings for the patrons, in the end they weren't required for the book.

One of the pieces I spend a fair amount of time designing was for Paul's patron A'Kas. Paul knocked this one out of the park for me again. Absolutely loved this patron - perhaps he'll share the details on his blog in future posts. Here is the piece I drew for that:
For old time sake, following are some drafts and roughs of other works for that book.
Hecate pencil concept
Hecate Inks
Hecate Cover Art
King Halgaz Early Draft
King Halgaz Pencils
Four Maidens pencils
Myrddin Pencils
Arm of Vendel (Tivet?)
That T guy again but eyes were disliked lol.
On other news, Curse of Mistwood is coming together - art is building up, writing is being done - I'm excited to see how this one goes.