Sunday, September 30, 2007

Another similated pen & ink sketch

I found it pretty fun last week to experiment with getting a pen & ink look in photoshop. Here is another one. I enjoy how it feels like the whites are scratched out as if on scratchboard. This one is some sort of swamp dragon fighting a sorceress.

Monday, September 17, 2007

yeah, of course I'm a Frazetta fanboy

I've been horrible about posting regularly on this blog! Unfortunately the career I have chosen, as most artists will tell you, is incredibly time consuming. Lame excuses aside, here is some new sketches.

The first time I saw a Frazetta book was in 1984 when I stayed over at a friend's house. His dad owned one of those "Fantastic art of Frazetta" books, and I totally geeked out on it. I didn't see another Frazetta book for many years after that, which is unfortunate because it probably would have been useful for my artistic development in high school.

Recently I was thumbing through my Frazetta books (I've since collected every Frazetta art book I could find) and really admiring his powerful pen and ink drawings. His compositions are phenomenal and his figures always have a power and movement and life that I'd give my left foot to be able to do (just need to keep my arms for drawing!).

I was wondering if I could take the inspiration of his drawings and do some sketches on the computer simulating ink.

Oh well, maybe if I keep practicing...

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Dungeoneer Scenarios Design Diary 2: pre-designed maps

Dungeoneer Scenarios will contain several illustrated scenarios for you to get the most out of your Dungeoneer sets. Since I want to provide a wide variety of pre-constructed Dungeon layouts it would not be an option to print out poster-sized maps for retail purchase.

An idea I have been toying with for sometime is having pre-constructed Dungeons printed on canvas. This would be a flexible, durable, and portable "game board" in addition to looking and feeling cool. The problem is printing on canvas is quite expensive! There are some POD (print on demand) options, but each Dungeon would cost $40 or so for a decent size. However, for those who are really interested some of the best scenarios will be available on my Zazzle storefront so players will have the option of purchasing printed scenarios on canvas or heavy-weight poster paper.

We are still looking for scenario submissions if you have a good idea for a pre-constructed Dungeon, or Wilderness, or both!