Obvious Things Department

After years of struggling with drawing symmetrical things and failing, I finally figured out how to do it. Draw half of the thing, scan it, duplicate the half and flip the duplicate and place it adjoining the original. Seems obvious now but I have been struggling with this nonsense for YEARS.

This is a design for a private commission for the back of a motorcycle vest:

sketc half 72dpi skull v2 72dpi

Reptilian Humanoids

ickian lizard man 72Excuse me, sir? Have you read the books of Mr. David Icke? Ludicrous, you say? You think the whole idea of lizard people from outer space interbreeding with humans in order to dominate the world through human sacrifice and witchcraft is preposterous? You have it on good authority via Alex Jones that Mr Icke is a disinformation specialist? Well, that is what THEY want sheeple like you to think.

Fantasy Grounds: The Red Giant

Red Giant 72dpi fThis is a picture I did as a private commission for a DCC Ruleset on Fantasy Grounds. Brett commissioned the piece and gave me carte blanche on what to do… he just said, “Heroes, dungeon, monster…” Fantasy Grounds allows you to play role playing games over the internet with dice rolles, chat and other features built right into the browser.

This is how it looks in the browser:

dcc on tabletopThanks to +Damian Hupfeld for the screen shot.

FROG 2015

I passed a personal milestone tonight — this rather strangely positioned pose of a frog is the last drawing for revised Exquisite Corpses (if the fates are willing). I now have 40+ images that need to be colored and 40+ entries that need to be edited, but this is much closer than I imagined being even a couple of weeks ago. So this is what happens when you don’t have much of a social life — you get a lot of work done!

In case you are curious, one has to do a LOT of searching through images of frogs to find one in a pose like this. The frog is sort of in ‘mid leap’ to nab that bug above him. The folds of skin at the crotch are exaggerated (just a little), but with many of the monsters, who do not normally wear pants or collars or togas, one had to take a little artistic license in order to make the ‘mix and match’ tabs work so you can put a frog’s legs on a horse’s body, a human head on a snake’s body, etc.

frog 72

Ererrer’s Energumenical Ossuary

ererers ossuary 72

This is something that Dieter Zimmerman developed and I drew for Goodman Games as a promotion at Gencon 2015.

Attendees could pick up a copy of this map at the Gencon booth which included rules on the back. If you collected 2 of 3 signatures of different artists and authors, you could ‘accumulate’ the different magical treasures (a magic axe, a magic ring, a spell book, etc.). Every purchase at the Goodman booth or attendance at a Goodman sponsored event (so you didn’t just have to spend money to play) allowed you to travel down the sections of hallways and if you had the selected magic items, you could defeat the different rooms (i.e.: the burglar’s ring or the spell book allowed you to pass by the locked door, the axe or the potion allowed you to defeat the beast man, etc.). The more rooms you visited, the more prizes you won.

It was kind of an interesting promotion that played much like a session of the old TSR game, “Dungeon.”

Eclipse 27 September 2015

fake eclipseDid you see it? We were out walking the dogs and the sky was completely clouded over. Sometime around 9:15 we spotted it through a lucky break in the clouds — the moon was about 1/2 eclipsed. We went to a better viewing spot and the sky, unexpectedly, went from heavy clouds to clear in less than 15 minutes and them we saw the whole thing.

Apparently, when the moon is completely covered, it is called ‘totality.’

Tryffyd / U-Con 2015

In what time I have, I have been working on various things that I can’t post yet… but because I want to post something, here is the current drawing of the carnivorous plant for Exquisite Corpses v2. I’m going for that 18th century Botanist’s guide look.  Click to enlarge.tryffydIn other news, I’m considering renting a table at UCon 2015 in Livonia, MI to sell art and meet people. Don’t know if I can swing it, but will at least look into the possibility. I will need to figure out ways of packaging art for easy sale and safe transportation and suppose I should look into getting one of those dongle things that plug into your phone or tablet so I can take credit cards. UCon is November 20-22nd this year.


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