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- 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.

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. 

War Orc

Continuing the series of drawings I've made in the past few months and never posted is a drawing of an orc. I created this drawing while sitting in my hotel room the night before illuxcon started. I am not good at watching tv and always have to have a pencil in my hand in order to sit still. So I sketched this portrait out while I watched the presidential debate in October. At the time I just made the drawing for fun, but I plan for this orc character to pop up in a Dungeons and Dragons game down the road.

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Exploring Fablewood- July 4, 2016

Work continues on this years Fablewood project, holidays means a day off to draw. Azrug the ogre warlock stands on an observation with two guests. Azrug studies the stars in its connection to magic and beasts of Fog Hollow. 

The thumbnail needs more development before I start the final drawing. But the sketch of Azrug will be used as a base for the digital mockup for the final.

King ThunderbEard

Recently I have started reading 'War of the Dwarves' by Markus Heitz, the second in the series of Dwarves. Inspired by the books I drew a portrait of a Dwarf King. It started out as a small sketch after reading one night, got lost under a pile of paper, then reemerged a few weeks later to become a finished drawing.

The design was inspired by a drawing I did a few years back of a dwarf Lord Thunderbeard. No longer of Lord, now a king