Cyclops Stormcaller

Sorry for the lack of posting. October is always a busy month with NY Comic Con and Illuxcon along with the general busyness of life.

But no fear!

With all the drawings I've created, very few get finished with full color. But I'm trying to change that by taking some of my favorite pieces and color them to send out as examples to art directors. So I pulled out the Cyclops Stormcaller I drew inspired by the Critical Role source book. I really liked the description and lore Matt Mercer created and knew I wanted to draw it.

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Digital color to me is always a balance of cools and warms and not losing the drawing under all the layers of color. The base colors always start either warm or cool then the shadows/highlights will be the opposite with glazes of color on top to unify. My method is probably not perfect but so far its been working for me. So back to coloring I go!

Spector in full color

Digitally coloring my drawings is my preferred method, but that does not mean it isn't a wrestle match to get color theory to be on my side. But when color theory and I get along, we get colored monsters. Behold the Spector that lives in the Dwarfish ruins in the Dragon Spire mountains (yes my friends have already faced this creature in Dungeons and Dragons)

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For me, digital colors lets me experiment with out the constant worry of ruining the drawing like it does when I watercolor. In college I watercolored as my main method, but between working with Chris Gash and Cory Godbey (post college), digital grew on me. Now its mostly a balance of cool and warm, darks and lights, and not loosing the drawing under layers and layers of photoshop. But hey, feel like I'm getting some where now!

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:

Classic Creatures: The Roper

Over the past few months as a break from Fablewood, I've been drawing monsters/creatures pulled out of RPG books. From an Ice giant to an Effreet, classic Orcs, and now a Roper. I've been pulling versions of creatures from a variety of games and decades of art to put my own spin on beasts that have been drawn numerous times.

Found in deep caves and the Under Dark, Ropers disguise themselves as rocks then snatch foes with its tentacle arms, dragging it's prey into it's massive maw. Though a Roper isn't nearly as deadly as the other denizens of the Under Dark.

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Efreet of the City of Brass

The past few episodes of Critical Role Vox Mochina has been exploring the Fire Plane for a vestige (to help defeat the Chroma Conclave of dragons.) Matt Mercer (the DM) described the awesome efreeti guards of the city and I knew I had to draw one. So while watching episodes I worked on the design and rendered the final drawing. I didn't want to use the cliche genie (djinn) seen in pop culture, so I pulled from a variety of cultures to create it's own style. That if I decide to draw more beings from the Fire Plane will draw from the same pool of cultural inspirations. The Efreet also joins my growing collection of reimagining classic RPG monsters.

Bog Crawler Drawing

Lately for inspiration I have been flipping through monster manuals and creature codexes looking for interesting beings to draw. Inspired by all the art, I created a Bog Crawler. Able to move quietly in the muddy waters, it attacks with its hooked swords dragging it's prey into the swamp to drown. Bog Crawlers fight in small hunting groups to ambush trespassers venturing into their grounds.

I see bog Crawlers as a low level creature with a much stronger Bog Crawler war chief as the leader. I might have to make some stats for 5th edition to use these creatures against my friends.

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Corn Stalker

With Halloween around the corner, I can't help but plan a Dungeons and Dragons adventure for October. I've been creating encounters, plot points and of course creatures for the players to deal with. And one of those is the Corn Stalker, an animated scarecrow construct. I don't want to reveal details about the creature but it will be a difficult creature to fight.

Creatures of the Under Dark

A few months back I bought an old copy of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. I like all the older artwork and strange creatures that span the book. Many of those creatures are reinvented in the newest edition looking polished, fearsome, and not as silly. But I like the strange designs of the past. Here are two creatures that live in the Under Dark, the world beneath the earth filled with beasts. 

Umber Hulk

Xorn