I’m going to test the limits of my blog this week (but hopefully not the patience of my blog readers:p) in preparation for the upcoming Stumptown Comics Fest April 27-28, Sat-Sunday. I spent a good part of yesterday rifling through old drawings to put together a little collaborative sketch comic with my son. Layout is taking longer than I expected and I’m pruning out some stuff, but leftovers may as well end up here. This is a random page from a 2012 sketchbook. I think the pen was doing the thinking…
…and I nearly forgot. I’ve been wrapped up in a lot of scribbling lately, and eventually the results will show up here (and in print!), but for now I offer a random sketchbook page. Head studies. Some of these were drawn from photos (can you spot a celebrity or two?) and others were drawn from comic panels by Hugo Pratt, and still others appeared from the mind’s eye. My studio practice compressed in a page.
“But where’s the life drawing?!” you ask. Alright, it’s embarrassing, but here’s a self portrait drawn on the Odopod sketch site:
Starting today, Friday August 31, I am attending PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington to assist the Fire Opal Media folks promote 13th Age and the expansion book 13 True Ways currently kickstarting. What is PAX Prime? Your Answer.
I’ve brought 40 prints with me for sale at the Gamma Ray Games booth. There are ten 11″ x 14″ prints each of the 4 images I’ve shown here, and Lee Moyer and I will be available to sign them from 2-4pm on Friday and Saturday.
And there’s a rumor that I’ll be Icon Sketching as time allows. We’ll see how it goes. I hope to see you there!
The Crusader is the armored fist of the Dark Gods. So long as followers of the gods of light stay the hell out of his way, the Crusader turns his wrath against the demons that would destroy the world his own gods want to rule. Follow the Crusader if you must win at any cost. –From the 13th Age icon teaser description.
The Crusader digitally painted by Lee Moyer. I’m going to let the images do the talking this week because Lee and I are busting our humps* to finish the interior art for 13th Age, now available for Pre-Order.
*Oh, you didn’t know I have a hunchback? It’s common among illustrators. And that structure behind the Crusader…that’s my studio.
My pencil drawing:
My thumbnail sketch:
The Three were among the first dragons to walk the world. The Red is a living engine of destruction. The Blue is a sorceress, perhaps even the original mother of all sorcery. The Black is queen of shadows and assassins. Unlike the Great Gold Wyrm, who must fight alone, the Three have learned to join forces. –From the 13th Age icon teaser description.
Behold The Three digitally painted by Lee Moyer. Not only are these mamas ancient, they are also enormous. Look for the Where’s Waldo Priests for a sense of…”scale” (sorry). This behind-the-illustration post gives you a much closer view of those guys, but they are ultimately inconsequential in comparison to the awesome majesty of The Three!
My pencil drawing (after receiving Lee’s request for plenty of “crunchy pencil detail.”) You’ll notice that my choice of color for the dragons was different than the final. Decisions, decisions – all part of the process!
And here’s the promised closeup of our dark priests, Larry, Curly and Moe:
As an extra bonus here’s an early thumbnail where I happened to accidentally not draw most of the dragons’ anatomy. Hmm…you’d think I was hesitant to draw thousands of scales or something. I haven’t confirmed this with Lee, but looking at this image and the final, it’s my guess that he may have appropriated this version of the Blue sorceress dragon in the final. Ah, Process, you are the Black dragon cloaked in vague shadows until you strike as quickly and decisively as a deadly assassin!
The Diabolist controls fiends and tampers with forces even the Archmage avoids. She likes her victims screaming and her chaos pure while claiming that the demons she summons would otherwise overwhelm the Great Gold Wyrm who seals the Abyss. There are two differences between her and her demons: First, she likes keeping destruction personal rather than universal. Second, she’s capable of kindness, so long as it comes as a great surprise. –From the 13th Age icon teaser description.
Lee Moyer’s deliciously diabolical digital painting of The Diabolist (in a sense 3D;)
My pencil drawing:
Early thumbnails included demons in the shadows of the Diabolist before we decided on a graphic background suitable for a most notorious Icon.