Sunday, May 18, 2014

BoS Drawing Challenge - #69 Annoyance

These things are taking longer and longer ! -

Not hugely happy with this one - the waving hand is pretty mangled. I could have done more with the shading, but I figured this was good enough.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

BoS Drawing Challenge - #68 Hero

One good thing about my eldest waking me up at 3am to tell me he was afraid of the dark, and not being able to get back to sleep, was that I was able to finish the bulk of the latest drawing. Just finished a quick shading now :

If you ever read White Dwarf magazine BEFORE it got turned into a glorified advertising pamphlet for Games Workshop - then you'll probably recognize Thrud the Barbarian here. I always enjoyed the Thrud comic. The strength and ferocity of a Rhinoceros ! The speed and agility of a jungle cat !  The brain of a garden snail ! I always loved the bits where Thrud fell from a great height, but luckily he would land on his head and sustain no real damage. Always made me laugh !

Thursday, May 08, 2014

BoS Drawing Challenge - #67 Playing the Melody

Another slow one - but I really wanted to colour / shade it :

This is supposed to be the Piper, from Garth Nix's 'Keys to the Kingdom' series - which I enjoyed a lot. The Piper is one of the Architect's children ( the Architect created ... well, the universe - so he's sorta supposed to be God, though he has 'gone', and his Will subverted by the Trustees, but this is all by the by ), and he's strongly suggested to be the Pied Piper of Legend. He's supposed to be dead, murdered by parties unknown in the story - but he turns up in the 3rd or 4th book ( from memory ), with an army trying to reclaim 'The House'. He proclaims himself the rightful heir of the Will, even though it is stipulated that a mortal MUST be the heir.

His face is covered by a golden mask, and you find out that ( spoilers follow ) that only his will survived his murder attempt, and there is essentially nothing beneath the mask.

I thought that was cool and chilling in equal amounts.

I think this drawing turned out pretty well, and though I could have spent more time on the colouring and background - I was starting to get bored. I like how it looks. The arms look a bit out of proportion - a touch too long - but other than that, it isn't too bad !

Thursday, May 01, 2014

BoS Drawing Challenge - #66 Trap

Two in one day ! Now there's something.

A REAL quick one tonight - I cranked it out over a couple of episodes of Fringe.

I had a more complicated initial idea - but when I thought of this there was no other choice :

I think you probably get it. :-)

BoS Drawing Challenge - #65 Horror

Taken a bit longer than I would have liked with this one :

This one really needed to be coloured, mainly to bring you the worms.

The creature is a 'Son of Kyuss', or a 'Spawn of Kyuss' as they are called now. They're an undead creature from Dungeons and Dragons. Pretty horrible things - they're sort of zombie / mummy things, corpses filled with these vaguely parasitic grubs. In combat the grubs can leap off the spawn and burrow into new hosts, which if untreated will turn the host into a new spawn. I think that's how they rolled anyway. I don't think I ever had a character who ran into any.

It's the first thing that came into my head when I thought of the theme word - though I thought of arguably better ideas after I'd started the drawing.

On checking up on the Sons of Kyuss in my good old 1st ed. 'Fiend Folio', I found I was a bit wrong in my recollections. Seems the worms / grubs only inhabit the skull ( on infection, they burrow towards the victims brain, killing them when they get there and starting the creation of a new 'son'. I still think the drawing is better with the worms coming out of the wrappings elsewhere on the body - but that's just me