Sticks the thief

A weird little dragony, lizard guy, Sticks steals to for survival and for fun. He can't help but take, but only from the well off. Stealing from the weak is stealing from oneself in his mind. He hangs to the shadows, waits in the ally ways, and slits your purse before you feel the wait leave your person. 

As always Sticks is a character I would love to play in an RPG and really explore. I could add him to one of my campaigns but I think his concept is too much fun to just be a passer by for my friends to meet 

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Ice Giant

Over the past few months, I've been drawing lots of huge creatures compared to the normal bunch of goblins and halflings. So why not add an Ice Giant to the bunch. When I get stomped I like to look back at old work to inspire myself on how much I've improved. 

Let's start with the new Ice Giant:

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and here's the original piece from a few years back:

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I hope it shows improvement! Especially going from ink and digital to graphite and digital. Which both were a huge step for me. And the growth will continue as I start to color the new Ice Giant,

Cyclops StormCaller

Recently Green Ronin published the first Critical Role campaign guide and it was a great read with some cool art work. One of the creatures that caught my eye in the book was a cyclops that Matt Mercer designed. A cyclops with the power to control the storm due to his birthright was something I couldn't pass up drawing and wanting to include in my own D&D campaign. I think this guy might end up being an antagonist to the party.

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Classic RPG Monster: Spectator

Another creature completed and ready to share, a Spectator. Seen as a minor beholder and not as threatening but still has the capability to obliterate adventurers. One of the first threatening beasts my D&D group fought while we were low level characters trying to save the city from a hoard of undead, kobolds, evil twins then a beholder. It was a wild ride. I wanted to draw my version of what that beast looked like before the party killed it or more like paladin Adira causing damage as my character was probably knocked out. 

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.

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

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. 

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.

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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Ice Giant Portrait

Right after returning from Illuxcon, I wrote down a few goals that I wanted to work on. The list included more textures in my graphite drawings along with continuing to work developing digital coloring techniques. In a test of new textures, I created this portrait of a ice giant. While drawing I referenced Ram horns for a different take on how I normally draw. Along with adding hatching to create a rougher texture for the skin.I definitely learned some new techniques on the Ice Giant.

Return of Rus Dread-Gourger

Rus has been a character that every once in a while I draw. He's not a part of a larger project, though I do have little bits of narrative in mind. Rus is more of a character I return to when I need a break and just want to draw a goblin. Though there is a good chance that Rus will end up in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign when I decide to play another rogue.

Tavern Tales-Goblin Bard

I realized I had a bunch of drawings that I have not yet shared and will over the next week or two. With all that is going on I wanted to share something that is light hearted and fun. During Illuxcon I finished this drawing of a goblin bard. While working on it, it was apparent that the character I was drawing was Otis from Songs of Fablewood. I ran with it and decided this is what Otis would look like in a 'high fantasy' setting. Just playing singing, enjoying life, and traveling the world to tell grand stories of heroes and the down fall of villains. 

Gnome Inventor

I draw lots of gnomes, there is no way of stopping me from drawing gnomes and goblins. But this gnome is different from my usual Fablewood Gnomes.

Over the past few months I've been experimenting more with color, If I want to get better at digital art, I have to make digital art. On my days off I've been chipping away at this gnome inventor and clock work owl. I'm pleased with the results and plan on adding this into my other sketchbook I plan to print this year Conjured Thoughts Volume 2.

Bonus original drawing and sketchbook pages!

Garthok, orc rogue from Critical Role

There's always stack of sketches and drawings on the corner of my drafting table waiting to be finished. The other day I pulled a drawing out of the stack to finish after I got home from work. 

Garthok is a half-orc rogue, member of the Clasp, and aided Vox Machina after the dragon attack in Emon. He appeared in one epsiode of Critical Role and wasn't a major character but I liked the idea of an orc rogue. Here's the small graphite portrait. 

 

Goblin Bomber

Started this drawing during Goblin Week in January and finished recently between commissions and my day job. Goblins in my mind are chaotic fighters, experimenting with black powder and using risky technology to make up for their lack of physical strength. I've drawn a bunch of goblins with a similar concept in the past but I think this one fits my idea the best. 

Here's the sketchbook page that started the drawing. 

In order not to lose some of the sketches I create on random sheets of paper, I'll tape them into my sketchbook. If I'm struggling to create the same action as the thumbnail pose, I'll enlarge the thumbnail, print it out and work on top of the printed sketch. Not only does it save time but I get exactly what I like from the sketch for my final drawing.

Lastly here's a work in progress photo I took one night while working on the drawing 


Monster Monday- March 23, 2015

lich_gob This week's monster is a Goblin Lich, an undead necromancer raising armies of the dead for destruction.

Between starting a new job and spending most of my drawing time working on my project for the mentorship program. I'll try to have at least sketches for Monster Monday and the blog may slow down since I want to reveal the whole mentorship program project at the end. Make sure to follow me on instragram for sneak peeks.