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.

Exploring Fablewood- February 6, 2017

With one of my goals for this year is to create more colored illustrations, I finally jumped into the Parade of Wisps illustration. It was intimidating to start since it has a lot to juggle color, value, and saturation wise. But I thought back to how I worked with Corey to get the coloring process started. So I pulled up photoshop and made a rough color comp.

Though this color comp won't be how the piece looks in the end, it was a place to start and gave me a sense of direction to work towards. Here's how far I've gotten working on the piece after work. The whole piece has its base down with some of the shadows in and now starts the stage of values and color washes.

Alien Explorer

One of my goals this year is to work on drawing Scifi and aliens to add range to my portfolio. Though aliens are sort of monsters, drawing technology has been more of a challenge. I tend to draw the tech very chunky and large like its from the 90's. I guess my Scifi world, the technology of today has been lost so its not slick and slim. It's functional and bulky. Here is an alien crossing over the dunes on a desert planet. 

As I continue to grow in this area, overall I hope to not just work on my drawing and character design, but push to have more story in my artwork. So hold me to it! 

Exploring Fablewood- January 30, 2017

Over the past few days I've been thinking a lot about history. How our current events will be recorded for future generations to read and how it will be interpreted. Will 2017 be a blip on the radar or how tomes dedicated to it's events. And all that thinking led it's way back to my sketchbook and into Fablewood. 

Here a gnome (currently named) records the magics of Fablewood onto parchment for future peoples to learn from. Not everyone might see the importance of spending the time to illustrate all the spells but this gnome knows that it could eventually be the only fountain to learn from. All the symbols in the image are pulled from alchemy symbols,mixed and matched to create something new. I wanted it to feel familiar but still weird. Over the next week I plan to take this drawing to a finished state along with adding a little more to the image as well. 

Goblin Week

This year I slacked on Goblin Week, I was busy drawing aliens instead and a bunch of not very original goblins. But I did finish a goblin just in time for the end of Goblin Week! 

Based on the classic Dungeons and Dragons Goblin, I sketched this little gob solider as a spot illustration that could be in an RPG manual next to some stats. Now back to sketching!

Exploring Fablewood- January 23, 2017

The new year means new idea for what Fablewood's theme is going to be. So its a lot of drawing and sketching and thinking and throwing anything I can think of down on paper. Most of the pages I fill never find its way to the internet, mostly because they are unintelligent scribbles with arrows pointing and random words. But this week I am sharing some of those random thoughts.

Exploring Fablewood- January 9, 2017

The past week has been lots of sketching of what could be next for Fablewood. So far its lots of scribbles of compositions and story ideas. Though one sketch I happened to like is of a gnome with a hatched egg. The gnome is related to the gnome witch (Hazel) from Parade of Wisps. He prefers to study the other creatures of Fablewood, including this little phoenix that just hatched.

Dwarf Rogue Enforcer

I sketch a lot and most of what lives in my sketchbook never becomes anything. Recently as a warm up before working on drawings, I've been rolling (an 8 sided die) to create random character concepts so I don't just draw gnomes and goblins. So far the project has gotten me to do more research into heavy armor, which I am not skilled at drawing. Along with cross bows which require a good amount of time to get the perspective and mechanics correct. 

Here is the first drawing I've created using the random dice created character, a dwarf rogue enforcer for the Night Maggots Igor Warren.

Classic Creatures: The Beholder

A Beholder is a strange monster created in the early history of Dungeons and Dragons. Each eye stalk shoots a different ray of death, not instant death, but enough to put fear into facing a Beholder deep in a dungeon.

I designed this Beholder a few months back and its been sitting on my desk waiting to be finished. Spent a few hours rendering the piece over the weekend as one of the last things I made last year and added to my stack of 2016 drawings. 

If you are interested in owning this drawing. Make sure to check out my shop along with copies of my sketchbooks.

NOTE: I thought it would be interesting to have the Beholder's large eye be a door. And the group of adventures would find a huge key, not knowing what it opens. Turns out at the final battle that the key is the only way to get some relic from the Beholder guarding it literally in its hard.

Bog Crawler Warlord

Back in November I posted the original Bog Crawler. Since then have added the leader to the Bog Crawlers of the marshy swamps. This Bog Crawler has been through battle with scars, jagged fins, even missing an eye. This isn't the standard minion in a level 1 dungeon. Mechanic wise, I see the Warlord as a low level spell caster that is able to boost the stats of near by allies. 

I plan on creating a mock up of the bog crawlers with stats to show how my artwork can be used for RPGs and other books.