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Monday, March 29, 2010

Samurai Portrait

Claudia H commissioned this appealing portrait of herself and her fiance as Samurai warriors. Gamers familiar with the mythos of Legends of the Five Rings will recognize the lion and scorpion in the background as symbols of clan affiliation. I enjoy drawing detailed Japanese armor so this commission was a treat. Thanks again, Claudia.
challcom sample

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Second Post of Aroc Week

As promised, here is more art from the AROC commission.

Wereshark Form

The wereshark character card, shown in the previous post, shows a wereshark standing on two legs. They can also go on all fours when on land, as can be seen in the form card art above. I like the idea of this, since their bodies, in the water, have a horizontal orientation; it would probably feel a lot more natural to maintain that orientation when walking on the land.

Amethest Ring

The amythest ring shown here is another case of me having fun with my 3D programs. I especially like how this style lends itself to illustrating items.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

First Post of AROC Week

As I've mentioned before, I am working on a large commission for the AROC gaming group, which includes multiple custom DS cards. This week I am going to concentrate on previews from these cards, which will be available in May 2010. This is a great art project to work on and the guys have given me lots of room to play, so my style is all over the map on this set. Organized chaos can be you friend.

The piece below is the merfolk shape shifter I mentioned last week. Merfolk turn into weresharks! Here is a look at the art to the wereshark character card.
Wereshark character

This is the Truth Seeker harp. I created this one by using four different art programs and I'm pleased how it turned out. I especially like the carving on the harp.
Truthseeker Harp

There will be another posting this week with more images from the AROC project. Stay tuned to this blog!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Merfolk and More

I'm a bit pressed this week with family matters so there will only be one post here this week. To compensate, I'm adding a second piece. The first is part of the AROC group commission. Merfolk are a new race for Dragon Storm. They live underwater but they can walk on land and breathe air for limited period. Like most sentient races on Grandilar, some of them are shape shifters. What sort of shape shifters? That will be presented in an upcoming spot.


This is an at show commission completed at a recent convention. The griffon shown here is a mix of bobcat and owl, which I think is a very cool mix. The patron who commissions it plans to use it as an illustration for her book review site, which makes it even better.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

New for the Aroc Project

Here is a new post for the AROC project. This is the art for a card called Iron Body. It's a new Essence card that adds +4 DEF for a combat. I used an orc for this card; since an orc shape changes into--well, an orc--I figured this will be a popular card for folks playing this race.


Monday, March 8, 2010

Burning Heart Phoenix

Jeanette P. commissioned this lovely tattoo design, which came out so well that I'm going to color it and use it as an upcoming DS game Phoenix card. Thanks again Jeanette.

Burning Heart Phoenix

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Little Night Work

J. Burkhart commissioned this very cool image of his character at Gencon last year and I just got it done. I'll be sending it to my printer early next week; in the meantime, enjoy!

Slynx Preview

Monday, March 1, 2010

MM2 Merry the Madspawn

Here's another sampling from the upcoming Mighty Madspawn set. He attacks twice a round as an independent action. That would make any Madspawn happy.

Mighty MS 2