Oct 29, 2013

Around the Realms...

I'm back again with more stuff to show off from the Realms of Faerie.

First up, I have a new video of a Faerie Stone that I've put up on YouTube:

I couldn't resist adding a few lame and outdated effects to it, sorry about that.

I've since made another Faerie Stone, but I don't much like it, so I'll probably skip making a video for that one. But the fourth Faerie Stone is shaping up to be the best one yet! I've added some features to it to make it a bit more interesting, including- some grass, some creepers, some fungi, an old and weathered shield. I've painted the stone and the base of the grass, I'm waiting for the shield to fully dry up before I paint that, glue it to the sculpture and then add the grass. Amazingly, I had some modelling grass left from when I was working at Gamer's Realm, back in 2002. I don't think it is war-gaming grass, if memory serves, it's railway modelling grass. Anyway, whatever it is, it should do the job nicely. Look for a post on this piece next week.

I'm really enjoying all of this sculpting, it's fun and different and I'm picking up skills that are making it all the more interesting. As a bonus, I think it is going to help my drawing and painting too, as I start to visualize things in three dimensions to a greater degree. My buddy Bart Sears has been telling me for years to do sculpture to help me draw. Yet another reason why he is a great teacher.

Anywho, here's some recent sketch work, mostly just doodles, with a few future sculpting ideas thrown in for good measure.
A sad little elf girl
doodles & sculpting ideas
Hill Giant & Mountain Giant ideas
I'm definitely going to have a go at the Hill Giant sculpt, I think that could look cool.

And so another post is brought to a close. I have so much more to say and show, but time is against me this evening. The bookshop is starting to heat up for Christmas, and I'm finding myself more tired at the end of the day, even though the days seem to go by quicker. I have lots of drawing to do at the moment, so I'm trying to fight through the fatigue, with pretty varied success. But, as ever, whenever I have something to show, I'll post it up here.
Back in a bit!

Oct 25, 2013

Adventures Dark & Deep: The Bestiary

Regular readers will know that I have been producing artwork for Joseph Bloch's Adventures Dark & Deep. I've created illustrations for both the Players Manual and the Game Masters Toolkit.

Well, the last book in the set is the Bestiary and it is on sale now. I'll give all of the details at the end of this post, but here's where you can buy the book.

I produced a pretty paltry three pieces for this book. I had planned to produce a lot more, but I had a hefty plate at the time and it was a constant struggle to find the time to put into it.

Here's what I did manage to get done:
This is a Basidirond. I have absolutely no idea what it is... The description I was given was that it's a five-legged bowl with a dark liquid inside it.

This is a Bone Dragon (sometimes called an Undead Dragon) consuming bits of its latest victim. As part of the Kickstarter rewards ladder, backers could chip in extra to have their likeness depicted in an illustration. I was given a shot of the backer, a gentleman by the name of John Croddick, and was charged with placing him in the scene. John will also be receiving the original art of this illustration shortly.

This last piece is of a Pseudo-Dragon. Another backer reward option was to receive the original art of an illustration. This piece is on its way out to one Jeffrey Binder as I speak.

Now, here are the details of the book:

TITLE: Adventures Dark & Deep Game Bestiary
FORMAT: Hardcover, Softcover & PDF
PAGES: 452!
PRICE: US$44.95 - Hardcover
              US$34.95 - Softcover
              US$14.95 - PDF
              US$34.95 - Softcover & PDF
              US$44.95 - Hardcover & PDF

I'm not sure what Joseph has planned for the future, but I would definitely work with him again on any future projects he might have, he was a fantastic person to work with.

As for me, I still have a backlog of posts to put together. The next one will have another sculpture to show, then I might do a few book reviews and such, along with some art posts as the work gets done. I should be back in a couple of days.
See you then!

Oct 22, 2013

Tim Shorts: A Capital Fellow

Okay, the internet is finally back. And not a moment too soon, Steph was starting to She-Hulk out with the lack of it.

So I've got a lot of catching up to do! I have some things to show- sketches, sculptures, published artwork. But this first post is going to be about a rather nice fellow by the name of Tim Shorts. He's been following my stuff for a while now, he was introduced to it through Christian Walker's Loviatar zine (which I miss working on).

Tim put his name down for some of the prints I was giving away and managed to secure a bunch of the 100 Heads he liked.
Well, the package I sent him arrived last week and he kindly showed off the artwork on his fantastic gaming blog, Gothridge Manor.

I must confess to getting a kick out of seeing my artwork in other people's hands or on their blogs and such. It's an ego thing, I admit. But it's also because I like to be generous with this stuff; so seeing someone enjoying something given for the sake of giving is a nice feeling too. I've never asked for anything in return. Just because I like to give stuff away doesn't mean that the recipient should feel obliged to do anything in return. I'm not against it, mind, but it's not why I do it.

So this morning, I got these in the mail:

Tim very kindly posted some stuff back, namely the back issues of all of his zines! I must say, it put a smile on my dial. I love zines. I wish I were more proficient in gaming to put these guys to the use they deserve, but I'll be reading them closely and no doubt, enjoying them immensely.

Tim, my hat is doffed in your direction.

I highly recommend checking out Tim's blog and picking up his zines. He's obviously passionate about gaming and has a great writing voice. Give him a visit, won't you?

I'll be back in a day or so with another post or two, I have been a little lazy with the work the last month, but I can feel the drive starting to kick in again, so there'll be plenty of stuff to show in the coming weeks, I'm sure.

Oct 14, 2013

My internet has gone bunko

Greetings all, it's been over a week since I've posted something fresh, exciting, absorbing and enticing. That's because the internet connection at my home has gone somewhere far away, out of reach.
The wife is trying to get it fixed, she depends on it far more than I do, so hopefully the situation will change in the next few days. When it does, I'll have plenty to show you!

See you soon...

Oct 4, 2013

A Realms of Faerie round-up

The Realms are positively buzzing at the moment, I can tell you!
I'm churning out the Faerie Stones and applying a range of implements to paper for various effects. I'm working on stories and cooking up articles for this blog too. Here's a breakdown of what is going on.

Faerie Stones
I have one about 2 days off being dry. I'll paint that one up over the weekend and make another little video for it. This one is looking pretty good. I made another one today too. It's a tall and thin stone with a rather bulbous nose. It should dry a little quicker than the previous one, but I'm going to have to find a system of drying these things out faster, they're taking a solid week as it stands...

Realms of Faerie articles
I've got an idea for a pretty fun and detailed post dealing with Faeries and their use of organic objects for armour, clothing, ornaments and weapons. I've done up a little sketch page to play around with ideas:
More heads, I know!
I got the idea for this post from a certain seed pod, I believe from a eucalyptus, found in Australia. The fellow in the top left corner of the above drawing is wearing one. In fact, I have a whole bunch of various Australian seeding bodies that are perfect for this sort of thing.
Look for this post soon. I'll make lots of illustrations for it, I promise.

Short Stories
I'm still working away on the first story I wrote a few weeks ago. The title of that particular one is 'The Wizard's Granddaughter' and is the tale of a little girl in a dark and magical forest. Sound familiar? I assure you, this story ain't nothing like that one!

I've just taken on a job for long-time follower, Jensan, who lives in Sweden. He wrote a really interesting set-up scene for an RPG setting and has commissioned a few artists to create images directly related to it. You can read the article over here. The idea I put to Jensan, which he liked, is this:

I'm still working up the rough, obviously...
It's basically a bunch of heroes running, petrified, away from the giant, Mr. Poppelmann, who has just turned one of their group to stone with his wand. It should be a blast to draw, there's lots of facial expressions and detail to play with.

Odds & Ends
A couple of days ago, I found about twenty sheets of this gorgeous green paper I have:
Paper in waiting...
I'd completely forgotten I had it. I'm currently coming up with some ideas for what to draw on it. I'm thinking black ink and white gouache highlighting for it, I think that look will suit the olive colour very nicely, almost in an Alphonse Mucha way.

Finally, I'm going to try and set myself a writing word count daily target of 500 words for Willow and the Otter. With everything else that is going on, it's easy for things like writing to fall through the cracks. I find it best to set targets to stop this from happening. I'll keep folks posted on how this is going. I'm hoping to have the first draft done by the end of the year or sometime in January. I don't want to kill myself doing it, so I've set a relatively soft target for it. The subsequent drafts will have more pushy deadlines.

So there you have it, that's what's going on around these parts. Busy times, as usual, really.

I'll be back with more soon!

Oct 2, 2013

Faerie Stone #1 for your viewing pleasure

Here I am again, only a couple of hours after the last post.
If you've read some of the recent things I've put up here, you'll know that I have been playing around with some clay lately. I came up with this idea to make these sculpted standing stones with faerie faces on them. I initially did up a couple of quick mock-ups to see what they would be like, but now I've finished a proper one. I made a short video of it to show him off a little:

I think he turned out pretty cool. Not super cool though. Just pretty cool. I still want to play around with the paint application and sculpting techniques, etc. But I like the stone colour, I think I have that right. I recently found three 75ml tubes of Daler Rowney Middle Grey Artist's Acrylic for a couple of Euros a pop, and it is the perfect colour. I did the base coat 100% in this colour, which is a factory mix of Titanium White, Carbon Black and Raw Umber. Then, I added some white to get a bit of layering. I like it, it's quick and simple and is the result I want.

This particular Faerie Stone is a pinch under 12cm tall. The previous mock-ups were considerably smaller, and the subsequent one (still drying) is taller than this one. But that is intentional, they'll all be different heights and thicknesses, just like real standing stones.

So, yeah, this one is for sale. I know I usually give stuff away, but this guy was a little more work than usual and I want to start making at least a little cash off of all of the work I'm doing.
I have no idea what to charge for him though. He IS one of a kind, but I don't want to charge the earth... how does €5/US$7 sound? There would have to be a shipping charge on top of that I'm afraid, but I don't think it would be much, he doesn't weigh a lot now that the moisture inside it has evaporated.

Any takers?

Anyway... I'll be back tomorrow with another post. I have some drawing work to show and a round-up of the goings on in the Realms of Faerie.
See you then.

It's raining posts!

I have today and tomorrow off, so I'm trying to catch up on blogging and a few other jobs. One of the things I simply must get done is sorting out all of the prints and 100 Heads for those people that asked for them. I have all of the envelopes and plastic sleeves I require, as well as money put aside for postage, all I need now is the addresses from people. I've contacted as many folks on the list as I could, requesting their addresses, so the parcels should start being fired off on Friday.
The only people I couldn't contact, and still require addresses from, are:
  • Tim Shorts
  • WA_Side
If you two could send me your postal addresses, I'll get you free art out to you, you can email me at jaypennart @ yahoo dot com.

For those interested parties, out of the 100 Heads I drew and offered for free, a mere 33 of them are going to a new home. All of the Troll Witch prints have been claimed, but there are still six Cthulhu prints available. I can't believe I am having so much trouble giving free art away to people!

Anywho, There'll be a deluge of posts over the coming days, sorry about that. I have a new video to reveal, some sketches and a new sculpture. Bring on the rain!