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Some time ago I was hired by Run Amok Productions to create a number of quarter page, grayscale illustrations for an upcoming RPG book. Now that the book has been published, I can share both the images and the link for purchase. This is a D20 based book, so can be used with a number of games, predominantly D&D.

Alvaro Snegg & the Bellringer Brothers

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Alvaro Snegg is a formerly living spell caster, who died and became a creature that is composed almost entirely of writhing worms. His present form makes him nearly unbeatable in physical combat. A trait which the Bellringer’s, a pair of pit fighting champion brothers, have been using to their advantage.

Captain Ahbram and the Freebooters of the Cacophonous Chantey

CaptAbhram   Freebooters

A ship containing a monstrous beast deep within it’s holds, teeming with a crew of deranged madmen, and Captained by a vicious cutthroat of the pirating seas.

Matsuyo and her Snow Yeti Twins

Matsuyo   SnowYetis

Matusyo is the spirit of a deceased samurai warrioress, who is revered as a god of sorts by a pair of brutally loyal twin yeti sisters. The trio exist in the cold snow covered mountains, and guard their territory fiercely.

Boughbrother and the Satyr Slayers

Boughbrother   SatyrSlayers

Boughbrother is a treant who has been driven to maddened bloodlust by the intrusion of humans into his forests. Along with the merciless band of Satyr slayers, he preys upon any party misfortunate enough to have caused damage to his lands.

Definitely was a fun project to work on, with a company that I look forward to creating more images for in the future. If you are interested in either downloading a sample or of acquiring the full book, simply follow the enclosed link.

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/134511/Emergency-Villain-Collection

Terrani

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to meet and work with Kevin Reed in his studio. I had been linked of facebook (hooray social media) by a friend of mine when he was seeking artists for a set piece. I responded and sent over my link and although what he needed was different from what I usually create, he was confident in my abilities. So about a day or two later I met him and set to work. I had created a rough sketch which the client had approved, so simply started to build out my area with tape and get to work.

Some of the varied sketches:

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Starting off:

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Kevin had recently acquired two kittens, a brother and sister who I called Brooke and Brad, whose names were actually Brooklyn and Bradford. For the vast majority of the time I was working, they were sleeping on my bags, supplies, or in some cases, on my assistant Colleen when she came in to help me finish on the last day.

Kittens sleeping:

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Unfortunately the project was on a very limited timeframe, which meant I needed to get cranking on the set in order to have it done in time for the shoot. So, over the course of what i believe was three days straight, I stayed in Kevin’s studio working constantly, with breaks here and there to stuff food in my face. (note: if you ever need to stay awake for extended lengths of time, you need to eat, your body goes into overdrive and needs the calories to keep you functional)

Kevin and his fiance Polina (now his lovely wife) were super sweet and great to work with. Both kept offering me tea and water, as well as offering conversation while I was working. All of which helped. By the end of day two I realized that I was going to need some help to push through the last of it, which is when I had Colleen show up at the studio to help move things along.

The process I was using was tracing paper drawings of the scroll-work, backed with a graphite rubbed piece of paper, and then tracing the scroll-work onto the wall, which kept everything uniform and neat. then going through with grey and silver paint to build a little depth, and some faint black and white in the appropriate spots to kick it a bit. The idea was for something intricate and simple at the same time that wouldn’t detract from the models and the evening wear.

At work:

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Fortunately with Colleen’s help, and Kevin and Polina’s tea, coffee, and chocolates (oh the chocolate, soo good), we managed to pull it together. Colleen wound up there for somewhere around 24 hours herself, I was at something like 60-70 of straight working, but it came out great.

Nearly there:

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I did end up coming back the next day to revise the mirror at the client’s request, they felt it was going to be a distraction the way I had tried to paint it as a patina/reflection. Wasn’t a big fix, and they were happy after, so all went well.

Only recently saw the big payoff of beautiful women posing in front of the walls which I’d created, and must say, it’s a perk of the job. Definitely looking forward to working with Kevin again in the future, as well as Colleen as she really helped me pull this off. Thanks to everyone, and here’s some samples from the shoot for your enjoyment.

Terani Couture 2013 Fall Evening collection.

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JG out.

Busy month so far, but here’s a good one to whet your whistle.

Tuesday of this previous week I started an illustration project for Brutal Bitches Productions, a metal music concert organizing company based out of the Bronx. Was told to do something with a sexy metal chick, surrounded by carnage. But had to do it in a way that there would be enough room for the band logos and event info to not completely block the imagery.
Send one sketch, that was rejected, so then sent this one as a thumbnail, and got an okay to work with it.

“Just make it sexy, add some decapitations, and monsters, okay?”

I think I should have no problem with that, *wicked smile*. Have I mentioned that I love what I do?

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Next step was some rough sketching and then adding ballpoint linework over the pencil so I could erase and have a clean working surface, so that line art became this….

 

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The original idea was to stick to a mostly black and white image to make it very bold, and include some splashes of color, so I started working in my shading using varying grays. Pretty much just acrylic washes of payne’s gray to build up what I wanted it to look like in a basic sense.

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Then,… well it was decided that full color would be so much cooler as the band logos look pretty crazy in color and the illustration had to work with them and not be completely obscured by them. So started laying in color washes over the gray shading, and that ended up coming out along these lines.

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A few more washes to close out some of the white spots and darken some spots I wanted to set back, and then the next real part was the outlines in micron on the things that were more foreground prevalent. Basically the outlines on the figure (Metal Goddess) and her hair were in black micron, which is basically like a really fine tipped marker for line art. The background buildings and figures got touched up with more ballpoint so as not to compete too much with the foreground.

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The last thing I did before sending it off to BBP was to adjust the levels digitally so the dark parts were even darker and the color a little sharper. For illustration projects I generally go this route, because that way I’m not physically working everything so dark that it can’t be changed if necessary.

After sending the file on Thursday, yes Tuesday night til Thursday morning, was a quick turnaround for this piece (read: very little sleep) had to wait til today to see the fully edited version. With the colors and the logos it looks pretty sick indeed. All in all cool project with a fun conclusion. Hopefully the event is as metal as the poster.  \m|_    Like BrutalBitchesOnFacebook     _|m/

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So here’s a few images from a project I worked on last year for The Hell’s Kitchen Artist’s association, site here. The theme and central unifying image were from my end, then the other art pieces were integrated digitally to show the work of people partaking in the studio tours. From what I understand they are re-using the imagery this year for the studio tours as well, and there’s a brief story by yours truly in the upcoming magazine.

Anyway, here are some shots.

Map cover

half of the map back.

full map backing.

magazine front cover and a postcard flyer.

The cover.

Take a look at some of the articles here.

Will post a link to the new mag and the article once it’s out.