Thursday, November 16, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Dice, Camera, Action: "Gutter"

My take on the sword "Gutter" from the WotC Dice, Camera, Action stream.

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Drawn in Photoshop, with filters used to deepen the scraped metal feel on the blade, and accent the chrome on the fox and key.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Warm-up Sketch: The Dice Camera Action Ritual

Chris Perkins and the Dice Camera Action "Waffle Crew" have been killing it on their Twitch D&D game every Tuesday night. In a recent session, the party had life or death choices for three of the four party members involving a ritual with a costume and a shady ally dressed in an ominous ritualistic outfit.

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Warm-up Sketch: Duke Zalto's Hammer

In the D&D 5E adventure, Storm King's Thunder, the evil Fire Giant lord, Duke Zalto, brandishes a unique great maul. The head of the weapon is hollowed out to include a prison for medium or smaller creatures. 

You can get a partial glimpse of the maul in the adventure art, which led me to curiously sketching the following:

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Warm-up Sketch; Waffles vs. Stairs!

Once more, a sketch inspired by the WotC Dice Camera Action Twitch stream - another super fast ink-over-pencil sketch of Waffles the baby Owlbear.  This time with her friends, Stinky and Juniper!

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I made a mad rush to finish this while the stream was still on - which is still not a good reason to use thick pens for thin whiskers! For me, the fun of doing it more than made up for the bits and pieces that are odd, or just a bit off.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Warm-up Sketch: Waffles, the Baby Owlbear

Another sketch inspired by the WotC Dice Camera Action Twitch stream - a super fast ink-over-pencil sketch of Waffles the baby Owlbear.  Groooooo!

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Quickly done or not, was that there is much potential for going VERY cute with the owl eyes (you can make the eyes huge, puppy dog-esque things, round out the head, etc.).  I had that in mind when I started, but I accidentally ended up steering away from that when I did the rest of the sketch.  

Friday, February 24, 2017

Warm-up Sketch Series: Wolverine

My last posted sketch turned into three sequential All-New Wolverine (X-23 for those that don't realize Logan has been dead in comics since 2014) warm-up sketches.  We had Laura go from the Monkey Style flip into two Changquan inspired stances.  As I said a few days ago, she has the real potential for some amazing combat panels.  The toe claws could add a whole new visual layer to many Capoeira and Changquan moves.

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These are all pencil sketches into ink (a weird combo of different pens/brushes).  Lettering and level adjustment done in Photoshop after the scan.  I probably should have redone the middle panel; you can see the levels adjustment is poorly done.

Here are the individual scanned sketches from the final two panels:

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Warm-up Sketch: Wolverine Somersault

I rarely draw my favorite character, Wolverine (Laura Kinney/X-23), because I never quite seem to do her correctly.

My motivation to try again yesterday: I am always interested to see more sequential action panels with her, since she has a wealth of possibilities to draw from.  A vast and diverse skill set + flexibility + acrobatics are a recipe for some excellent visuals.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Warm-up Sketch: Grung Wildling

The Grung appear on pp. 156-157 of the great Volo's Guide for D&D 5E, and I am somewhat desperate to use them in a campaign at some point!  No idea why he is posing like Hulk Hogan however...

"Whatcha gonna do when a Grung goes Wildling on you!?"

Monday, January 30, 2017

Warm-up Sketch: Captain Marvel

There is something about Ruby Rose that makes me think she is the perfect reference for in-comic book Captain Marvel's face.  It has to be the short hair and sharp features.

This ended up somewhere between Carol Danvers and Ruby Rose, but that's OK too.