Dungeons and Wizards

Sorry for the lack of updates here in recent months. Things have been busy in a lot of ways and I’ve had the opportunity to get involved with some awesome projects.

Dungeon Grappling Cover Art
Dungeon Grappling Cover Art

I completed the cover art for Dungeon Grappling by Gaming Ballistic recently. This is a supplement of grappling rules compatible with the fifth edition of that famous fantasy RPG, old-school / OSR editions, and Pathfinder. On the cover I had the opportunity to paint a very dynamic dungeon battle scene featuring a party of characters engaged in grappling of various sorts. I tried some new techniques with this piece, in particular using more glazing and watercolor-style layering of color. I began with a warm brown under-painting of the whole image and after that I layered on color using the digital watercolor brushes in Painter. This makes it look a bit different than my previous work, and I really like it! It’s warmer, more traditional feeling, and I was trying to channel Frazetta a bit, with his knack for dynamic combat scenes and classic sword & sorcery atmosphere. I’m looking forward to doing more with this technique and I feel I’m achieving something I’ve always wanted to here.

Gaming Ballistic 5e Logo Design
Gaming Ballistic 5e Logo Design

I also had the opportunity to do some logo design with this project and made a 5E compatibility logo in addition to the title logo of the book. It was great getting back into some graphic design work and the image called for some intricate Nordic-style knotwork, which I always really enjoy doing.

The Wizard's Scroll - Issue 1 Cover Art
The Wizard’s Scroll – Issue 1 Cover Art

Another project I really got into was this cover for a new Swords & Wizardry fanzine called The Wizard’s Scroll, published by Seattle Hill Games and created by Charlie Mason. In drawing this intricate wizard’s study in old-school pen & ink style, I fulfilled an artistic goal I’ve had ever since my earliest days looking at D&D books as a kid. I’ve been invited to do more covers for future issues of this zine and I’m really looking forward to them! It’s really great getting involved with OSR projects and I’m currently doing work on a large project for Charlie with a theme very close to my heart. The Dark Crystal, perhaps my favorite movie of all time, is listed among its primary inspirations. I’ll be sharing more about this as the project takes shape.

Thanks for your continued interest in my work and I’ll try to keep this blog updated more often.  I’m researching possible venues and providers through which to sell art prints, so a variety of prints should be available soon.