Fablewood- July 11, 2017

With almost a month with out a Fablewood posting, it returns! With a collection of sketches of some new residents of kobolds and bird witch. These kobolds are my first try at adding them to Fablewood. I kept away from the lizard type kobolds of RPGs. These kobolds live under ground in a complex tunnel system. The design needs to reflect where they live in Fablewood along with their clothing. There's a bunch of facial designs and anatomy sketches. Theres a few mandrakes, which are always fun way to play with potato shapes.

Then on the right side is Bird Witch, an old character created for my thesis in college, which was essential the demo tape of Fablewood. Bird Witch was the villain but I don't want any singular good or bad characters in Fablewood. Her design gets an update to reflect the alignment change. She still holds her former characteristics of filling in a kettle with her walking house. But now she helps more residents of Fablewood.  

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 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- 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. 

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. 

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.

Online Shop is now LIVE

Greetings everyone! 

With Convention season closed for the year and my new sketchbooks printed. My online store is back up and running since switching over to squarespace. Both of the Fablewood sketchbooks are available along with character commissions and drawings. The first ten orders from the new store will receive a free sketch.

 Please do take a gander at the new store and let me know what you think. 

Over the next few weeks I'll be adding many of the drawings I've created over the past year. If I've posted a drawing that you are interested in purchasing that I have posted in the past, feel free to email me at PaigeConnellyIllustration@gmai.com

 

Seaward

With Fablewood's drawings done, I've had a little bit more free time to finish some drawings that have literally been siting on my desk. Some of which have been living on the corner of my desk for months. 

One of the recently finished drawings is a halfling pirate swinging on the ropes of a ship. It's one of a small collection of pirate themed drawings that have been slowly evolving from random sketches to finished drawings.

Here's the sketch used for the final drawing

 

Exploring Fablewood- July 18, 2016

Days are starting to get away from me, July is more then half way over giving me about two months to send the next Fablewood book off to the printers in order to have it in time for Illuxcon. So I am shifting all other little side projects and drawings for later. 

This week is a troll design for a larger illustration I have composed, done a loose digital rough, and am ready to start finalizing some of the drawing for the finished work.

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.

Exploring Fablewood- June 27, 2016

Froglins started out as a creature I wanted to include in my thesis in college but didn't manage to squeeze in. Fablewood is an ideal place for the froglins to make home.

Froglins are aquatic goblins that live on the river banks, swamps, any body of water really. They spend most of their time swimming and hunting for fish and rarely make an appearance far away from water. Though that doesn't stop the will-o-wisps visiting a Froglin relaxing on a rock.

Exploring Fablewood-April 4, 2016

I draw enough gnomes to start figuring out what kind of houses they should live. Architecture isn't something I draw often, giving me even more of a reason to practice drawing structures. The gnomes of Fablewood have a variety of housing options from hollow trees to houses of river stone. While their houses may be small for gnome use, establishments meant for all are built to accommodate beings from the tiniest fairy to the largest of trolls.