Zorn, reimagined

In college, I starting playing Dungeons and Dragons with some friends of mine. We would take turns dungeon mastering and playing characters. During one campaign based on the dark soul series (if I recall correctly) I played a warforge (a magical robot) knight. I liked the idea of the character still and decided to reinvent the character to be a non-player character that the players have the potential to meet in the City of the Iron Conclave; a mysterious city run by these magical automatons in a weird Disney world like recreation of what a city should be. But Zorn is a little different from the other automatons. 

Here is her updated design:

Just for full, I searched my tumblr for the first drawing I made of Zorn while we were playing through the adventure. Then I redrew her again a few years later thinking I might play the character again. And added the new drawing as well.

I like to think I got better at drawing.

Exploring Fablewood- June 13, 2017

Here it is, the finished Lantern Troll and wisp. More texture work was done along with cleaning up the drawing in photoshop. Lots of randomly smudged graphite over the bristol that is best to be cleaned up digitally. I like to start with the cleanest image possible before starting to color a drawing. That way at the end, its minor fixes and not major cleaning. Since I hurt my right hand (my drawing hand) the other day, I haven't been able to sketch comfortably so I've been pushing towards getting all of the flat color done on this drawing for my next postcard. So far about half way done and will share at a later date.

Otherwise enjoy the final product!

Exploring Fablewood- June 6, 2017

Work continues on the lantern troll. While I was working I scanned the drawing half way through to share what the drawing looks like as I am building up the values and adding textures. It doesn't always look pretty or clean. Graphite gets over everything with a tiny easer to pull the high lights out. This was drawn with a No. 2 pencil and a HB mechanical pencil for tight details. A lot of people us a paper towel or tissue to smudge graphic. But a wash cloth works best for me, its soft but durable and never hurts the paper. Just a suggestion if your looking for a longer lasting cloth then a paper product for drawing. 

Here's the half way point and next week I'll share the finished piece with you all. Soon to be on the backside of the new postcards I will be sending out to Art Directors!

Exploring Fablewood- May 30, 2017

Sorry for posting a day late. I usually have Tuesdays off from my day job and am thinking of switching Fablewood postings to Tuesdays from now on. Any way, this week I took a sketch I posted a few weeks back with the troll and wisp. With a little bit of reference for the lanterns and some finishing off of the over design, I took the sketch to the next step. I used a light box to transfer over the drawing to bristol to render the drawing. It starts out with the basic lines, then I smudge the entire drawing i spent hours on to create a base gray value for the rendering stag. This is where the texture starts from then is slowly built up. 

This is the stage of finished line work, right before the smudge, and rendering.

 

 

Exploring Fablewood- May 22, 2017

Lots of sketches and gestures as the magic market is being populated by vendors of all sorts with a variety of enchanted bobbles. In the past I've drawn a few satyrs of Fablewood that are akin to classic depictions of satyrs rather then ones that would 100 percent fit into Fablewood. This week I've been exploring how satyrs of Fablewood would look like, experimenting with horns and clothing. The satyr below mixes classic depictions, my personal task, and influence of traditional Japanese clothing into a sitting satyr with his scrolls. In the finial I plan to add more the Japanese influence into the clothing as well as the pottery and calligraphy props. 

Here's the first go at a structured drawing.

Exploring Fablewood- May 17, 2017

Sorry for posting two days late. I wanted to post more then just loose sketches and a more finished preliminary drawing then I had last week. So I took a little extra time to clean up the drawing below to a polished state. This troll is off to a market to Magic Market to sell his ever burning lanterns. But along the way, he's met a new friend in a little wisp friend. Unfortunately the paper I was drawing on was a little small and the hand couldn't be finished, but the final will be all fleshed out!

K'Varn Revealed

I don't create fan art often because I like to draw my own worlds. But Critical Role will be the only show that constantly inspires me. A D&D game played by a group of voice actors that is honestly better then most TV shows. I'm in!

Here is a drawing of their first major villain for their online stream. K'Varn the evil scientist beholder of the under dark. He controls a vast army of mind controlled denizens of the darkness. Through many battles of war camps, castles, and strange lands Vox Machina barreled into K'Varn's layer and a difficult battle Vox Machina killed the beholder. Returning to the land above with their rescued friend Kima of Vord

Here's the progress towards the color version:

Exploring Fablewood- May 8, 2017

I think I have narrowed down a theme for this years sketch book! It's a mixture of a few different ideas I've had combining into one. It's going to be a magic market, with trolls, goblins, and gnomes selling enchanted trinkets to the residents of Fablewood. Starting off with some of the primary sketches for a sly goblin vendor.

It started with some figure gestures to get the personality of the character down. Some are more approachable while one is more sinister. Once I get the figure down, I'll start to add details to the costume and explore who this character might be.

Exploring Fablewood- May 1, 2017

Sorry for the two week break. It's been a little crazy with packing, moving, and a adopting a young dog. So it's been a little crazy setting up supplies and creating a new 'thinking and productive' space for drawing and digital and having a dog jumping around.

Last week I wanted to post the drawing below. It some how remained at my parents place and didn't make its way to my apartment. But now it's here! The great gnome druid Otto Galvin, guardian of the Cinder Thicket, a northern part of Fablewood. He created many arcane stones as beacon for the wisps to follow. 

Exploring Fablewood- April 10, 2017

The past week has been busy with my full time job, my birthday, allergic reactions, and then getting sick. Have to say it was a tough week to get through but it didn't stop me from scribbling color on top of an drawing from Parade of Wisps. This gnome drawing was one of my favorite pieces I drew last year and I want to finish it off with full color to send off to art directors. 

This is my progress so far

Exploring Fablewood- March 27, 2017

Been spending a good amount of time thinking of what theme this years Fablewood book will be. It's mostly quick sketches, random words, and rough ideas of what I am interested in creating this year. Nothing is finalized but I am narrowing in so I can have as much time to create a new body of work before Illuxcon in October. 

For this week I am sharing a drawing from Parade of Wisps of the satyr guide. Last year I shared the sketches and drawing. Now here's the finished piece. 

Exploring Fablewood- March 20, 2017

While on my lunch break at work, instead of mindlessly scrolling through different apps, I started to draw in a little sketchbook. It's not that I never draw on my break. But this week I decided to draw on every lunch break and let my brain shut down for 30 minutes to sketch. It resulted in experimenting with toned paper, which I haven't used in a while and forgot how nice it is for sketching. During lunch the other day I started to draw some trolls resulting in this weeks collection of sketches. 

The sketches above are from a small toned sketchbook I keep in my work backpack and my normal every day sketchbook I use at home. Both of which I take to work with my pencil case and head full of ideas. 

Gnome Barbarian

Another creation of the random dice rolls on my RPG Character Concept chart. All I do in Roll a 12 sided dice to create a random concept. Sometimes its easier to let fate choose then think. It's a create little exercise to try when I'm stumped. It has led to a bunch of finished drawings and characters for my Dungeons and Dragons game.

Here's the chart I created if you are interested in trying it out yourself. Would love to see your results if you use it

Exploring Fablewood- March 13, 2017

Continuing my adventure into digital coloring. I started coloring this portrait back in January and needed to finish it after staring at in on my desktop for weeks. Spent the afternoon adding textures and shadows to the base colors. 

One of my goals this year is to improve on my digital skills and finishing smaller pieces like this one. Let's me practice without the intimidating nature of worrying about all the figures and elements of the piece as an entirety. Here's one down and many to go as I continue digital art exploration.

Exploring Fablewood- March 6, 2017

Every so often while working on a drawing. I stop to see how I feel about it. This week builds on the gnome scholar of last week with establishing the finished drawing. I spent a good amount of time adding elements to flesh out the gnomes environment. After spending a few hours working on the piece I began to feel disconnected from the piece, so its back to the drawing board. But here's the drawing I started, just to share.

Exploring Fablewood- February 27, 2017

This week is a return to a concept I posted a few weeks back. 

I liked the concept as a gnome scholar sitting in his study working on recording magical spells. The idea was good but I wanted to add more to the piece before creating a finished image. So I went back to the drawing board, using the original drawing as the basis then added more elements to add narrative to the image

I'll be taking this drawing to finish, adding textures and rendering the image. Next week will be the finished drawing.

Igor Warren, Night Maggot Rogue

Having last week off from my full time job I was able to spend time not just finishing the Parade of Wisps illustration but also color this illustration as well. 

While I feel that my digital skills have grown in the past year, I still have a ways to go in my speed. Its a great amount of experimenting before I get a final result that I am pleased with. I am starting to dungeon master a game for my friends and can imagine this character showing up in their adventures. 

Exploring Fablewood- February 20, 2017

Its done! Or at least mostly, I might go back and push somethings after receiving some feed back. But any way, here it is! Parade of Wisps as a full colored illustration. With much trial and error and persuading photoshop to be my friend, I have created the fist full color illustration of this year. Which means I should start doing one of these a month at least. I forgot how rewarding it feels to finish a piece like this. And it's going to feel great sending this piece out to art directors to see. 

Exploring Fablewood- February 13, 2017

More progress on the Parade of Wisps illustration. With a few false starts in the past, this is the furthest I've gotten to completing the process of digitally coloring this piece. From last week, I started to add highlights, shadows, and color washes. This step is the most time consuming due to trial and error. Though there is still a ways to go but with the next week off from my day job, I should have this illustration done for next week.