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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.


I haven’t been getting around to posting much recently, been a bit busy with one thing and another, but here’s a few preliminary sketches I’ve done recently. I can’t say too much about them just at the minute, maybe later. I hadn’t really studied vikings much from the point of view of creating character sketches, so it was fun doing a bit of research on armour and weapons. And no Vikings rarely, if at all, wore horns on their helmets!

viking sketches


Davy’s Cow

Davy's Cow

Here’s a little sketch commission for a mate, who wanted a drawing of a cow for his niece, I think. So here it is. A mixture of Watercolour and watercolour pencils. I gave it a bit of a levels tweak in PS too, just for good measure.

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!

Hayley Westenra

Hayley Westenra

Here’s a new sketch, haven’t had much of a chance to do as many recently.
Hayley Westenra, great voice, one of my Dad’s favourite singers. This one took a little longer than the rest, since I was trying to be a bit more delicate with her features.

I’m really liking using the blue lead for sketching with, I like the slightly waxy feel on the paper, plus on the practical side, it doesn’t seem to smudge as much as ordinary pencil.

Embrace the Shadow – Part 1

I’ve been doing a lot of other stuff recently, and decided last week that I needed to have a bit of a doodle for myself to loosen up a bit. But, what to do.. what to do!

Well, one way I’ve found if you’re not sure what you want to do, you don’t want to get into anything too long-term or intense, and you like having a go at character design, is to have a go at silhouette doodling. It’s a great way to take the pressure off and relax if you have a bit of artists block too, and it can’t hurt having a bit more character work in your portfolio.

I’m constantly trying to stay off the computer as much as I can, since I spend all day looking at one in work. So I got myself a Sharpie, and to take the roundness off the tip and give a bit of a chisel edge, I sliced the tip off with a scalpel. It wasn’t the cleanest of cuts, but that was a good thing since it made me think differently about what way to hold it to get the shapes I needed. Then I grabbed my sketch pad and started doodling and didn’t stop til I had these 12 little beauties to work with. You can, of course, do this process digitally if you prefer. More on this tomorrow…

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Part Two – Lighting the Shadows

Part Three – Colouring the Light