Category Archives: Fantasy art

Monarchy Fae comp

Here’s the final inks for the Fae race for the Monarchy game I did a while back and didn’t get around to posting. These were fun to do since they were bit different from the other designs. I came up with a kind of pin-up/female pirate look for these characters which seemed to work out nicely. I’m particularly happy with the Sylph and the Fae. I’ve included the colour versions too, can’t remember who coloured them, I always imagined the Sylph having blonde hair, but I particularly like how the Faerie came out, especially her wings.

Monarchy Fae comp colour

Wrathborn Norndrassel

Wrathborn - Norndrassel

I’d previously posted some sketches I’d produced for the Wrathborn tabletop miniatures game.
Here are the final pieces. I started these off with pencil and paper then took them into Photoshop to give them some shading. The shading was done by rubbing a pencil on paper, scanning it in and creating a pattern from it. Then I just created a new pattern layer and used a layer mask to apply it where I needed it. I used two or three of these layers to build up the darkness. I think it worked out nicely and still left it with the natural look I wanted.
These designs have a dual purpose, firstly they’ll be used as artwork for the racial profiles in the rule book, and secondly as reference for sculptor Alessio at Wolfbane Art, to create the miniatures. Pop over and check out these and his other great sculpts.
I’m working on the next race at the moment so I’ll post them once I have a few more of them done.

Monarchy Sidhe

 Monarchy - Sidhe Conjurer Monarchy - Sidhe Elder Monarchy - Sidhe Spellsword Monarchy - Sidhe ShamenMonarchy - Sidhe Trickster

It’s been even a longer again since I’ve posted anything. It’s not because I haven’t been doing anything, but things have just been a bit hectic all round. I’ve also been working on some more character designs for Monarchy, and I’d been waiting until I finished them all before I posted them. My last posted mentioned the Sidhe race, and these are the final designs for them.

They were coloured by Falk Hänsel, quite nice seeing the colouring someone else has applied to my inks, not necessarily the way I would have coloured them, but I really love how they turned out. Here are the coloured Vampires too.

Monarcy Sidhe - coloured Monarcy Vampires - coloured

The Sidhe

Monrachy - Sidhe thumbnails

It’s been a wee while since I’ve posted anything, thought it was about time to share some stuff I’d been working on. These are some more concept sketches for Oliver Piotrowski for his online game Monarchy. I’d previously designed some vampires characters.

These characters are elven in design, and very magic oriented. I wanted to stay away from the usual clothing that elves are depicted with in a bid to make their appearance look a bit more unique. I felt my initial attempts made them a little too druidic looking, so I decided to try out a more ’emo’ feel to them. I’d also played around with giving them tattoos and markings with a triangular theme, but again I thought this made them a little too scholarly. Instead I kept the triangle theme and adapted it into their outfits, to try to give them a little consistency in their clothing.

There are five troop types in total, and I’ve already inked up three, so I’ll wait until I’ve finished the other two before I post them up.

Sketch Dump #15

Prince of Persia

Jack Gyllenhaal as the Prince of Persia.

I’m running short on blue pencil lead which is a shame, I’m going to have to resort back to grainy, normal lead soon if I don’t get round to getting a new supply!

MourneQuest Book Cover

Cob - MourneQuest

This is a digital painting I did a while back for Garry McElherron, based on one of his characters, Cob, from his MourneQuest book. As well as The Shimnavore, it was another collaboration with John Farrelly who originally did the pencil sketch, you can see over on John’s website.

Garry has since released the book on Lulu, and he’s used this as the cover illustration, very exciting. I’d advise going over and taking a look. It’s a great read, and seems set to being a best seller soon, once it becomes readily available in your nearest good bookshop. Keep an eye out for it.

Hexumi Page 4 and 5 Flats

Getting a little more done with the Hexumi comic. I finally managed to get my hands on some blue pencil lead for my Tikky mechanical pencil from my local art shop, which was a nice surprise considering it seems to be so hard to get these days. It’s freed me up a bit since I don’t need to worry about rubbing out the pencils and destroying the paper surface. Also, between doing pages 4 and 5 I bought a pad of Windsor & Newton 250gsm Bristol Board. I’ve read about comic artists using Bristol Board in the past but I’d never managed to get my hands on it, I’ve been using ordinary cartridge paper up to now. It’s great with my G-Pen, runs really smoothly, hence why there’s a bit more detail in the fifth page. The line work has bit less bleed too and I’m finding the inking less of a chore since I’m getting a lot closer to the type of line work I want. I’m looking forward to trying out some watercolour on the Bristol Board to see how well it holds up.

I thought I’d share the flats with you this time round, saying as you haven’t seen any colour from it yet. Trying to keep it quite colourful, since it is aimed towards a younger teen crowd (I think). I’ve got a nice little colour palette gathered up so far for the flats.

But we’ll see how all the pages sit once they’re together (probably in 2015 if I don’t get a move on with it!) Hope you like, let me know!

Hexumi – Page 2

Here’s pencils and inks for page 2 of the Hexumi comic for Conflicting Kingdoms. The red ink is some amendments I made to the pencils after I’d scanned it into Photoshop to see how it would look (I really only scan the pencils to have a record of them before I ink them with the G-pen). Again, it’s a slow process with not much spare time, but the colouring is going a bit quicker now, so I’ll just keep plugging away at it.

Miniature Character Design – Monarchy vampire concepts

Following on from my previous designs for Table Warfare, I’ve made a slight style change to the sketches. I pencilled them out then inked them up with Rotring Tikky pens and a Sharpie for the big blacks, then scanned them into Photoshop where I gave them a bit of texture and depth. I think they make for clearer and stronger images. I’ve added two mages to the vampire roster too. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

Miniature Character Design – Male Lamia Vampire concept

Here’s another concept design for the Monarchy Game, done in the same style as the previous. I ended up redrawing his head and Photoshopping it over the original pencil drawing. Not sure yet how well this will work as a sculpt and mould but hopefully it should be okay.