Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
This odd creature, a huge beetle with a human-like face, was created for Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder Pawns: Bestiary 3 Box and like the squonk I recently posted, it was really fun to design. I relish opportunities to design creatures that aren't big, menacing, "bad ass" monsters, equipped with massive teeth and claws. That stuff is fun too but quirky, strange, more atypical creatures like this are far more interesting to me. In addition to being a beetle with a human face, it was described as placid, "kind of an underground Buddhist beetle". I'd like to think I managed to capture that tone.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
The mythical squonk is said to dwell in Pennsylvania, of all places. It's a creature with ill-fitting skin, warts and blemishes. Ashamed of it's appearance, it spends much of it's time hiding and weeping and when threatened, it can dissolve into a pool of tears to evade capture!
This version of the creature was painted for Paizo Publishing's game Pathfinder (it appears in the Bestiary 4) and was described as a fat, hairless pig-like thing. I've included a preliminary sketch as well.
Now you know about squonks! I love the concept of this mythical creature so much that I'll have to re-visit the idea one day and design another take on it, just for kicks.
Squonk art copyright © Paizo Publishing.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Last summer, I was asked to design 3 kaiju for the game Pathfinder. Kaiju is a Japanese word for "strange creature" but has come to be known in english as "monster", usually of the gigantic variety. Godzilla is probably the best-known example of a kaiju, but he's far from the only one.
I was asked to illustrate 3 fairly archetypal kaiju for the Pathfinder Bestiary 4 book: a large, reptilian kaiju, a flying, dinosaur-like kaiju and an "insect" monster. The well-known Japanese film equivalents to these archetypes will probably be familiar to just about anyone reading this blog. Because these kaiju were somewhat archetypal, I couldn't go crazy and create really wild, exotic monsters. Nevertheless, I had some freedom to play and I had a good time with these illustrations, especially the insect/crustacean kaiju, which ended up being my favorite.
The illustrations were to be text-wrapped so they don't have backgrounds. At some point, I'd love to revisit this subject and paint a full-fledged scene of a kaiju wreaking havoc and causing destruction!
I've included both the final art and the preliminary drawings. In some ways, I prefer the clean simplicity of the latter.
The Kaiju images are copyright © Paizo Publishing.
Friday, January 24, 2014
I painted this scene for a card in the D&D game expansion Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport. It's a subterranean temple. If you look closely, you'll see a few workers who are still building it, hence the title "Establish a Temple".
This piece presented some lighting challenges since it's a subterranean scene. It needed to read well but still look like it was underground. I ended up backlighting the temple and using a muted ambient light from an unclear source, punctuated by some torchlights.
I had a good time designing the temple and overall, I was very pleased with the final painting.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I did these 3 illustrations for Dragon magazine #428 last Fall. The first is titled Eye of Thkaalujin and, as an experiment, was painted almost entirely using square-shaped brushes. I wanted to loosen up a little and that helped me do it. The composition was a bit of a challenge too as I needed to show the titular eye in both the book the wizard character is holding and also on his forehead. The eye is actually a curse. Once the wizard opened the book, the curse/spell was activated and the eye manifested on his forehead!
The two spot illustrations were great fun. The Krylanthian Cloak is a cloak made of exotic frog skins and the Bone Scepter of Zceryll is a magical item that, as you can see, appears to be made of a vast, cosmic realms of space.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
I was very pleased with the results (as were the folks at Orca Bear, which is what really counts) and I may put together a "process" post about the logo in the near future. Meanwhile, here it is and I hope you like it!
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