Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Dying is Easy Cover - Finished !

 Oh boy - getting back into bad blog habits ! 

The last couple of months have been pretty full-on - there was a production and then it was junior and senior report writing season - which didn't leave a lot of time for art of any kind ! 

I was able to sit down today and finish of the cover for Rish. 

I'm pretty pleased with how it looks overall. I would have liked to add a bit more detail to the claw, but I didn't want to delay it any longer. 

I'm not sure what's next on the art horizon.I would like to do a new woodcut, but I haven't thought of anything I could do yet. Maybe another tarot card ? We'll see. 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Dying is Easy - Development

 Spent some time on the cover today. 

Good progress on the claw - I'm pretty happy with hoe this looks. It'll be fun when I get to the colouring stage. 

The nest on the microphone was pretty tricky. I'm pretty much just tracing from a photo, bu tit's still pretty finicky to do.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Dying is Easy - Cover

 A headache at 4.30am has rendered me useless for most of this Sunday. Ugh. 

Still - not TOTALLY useless. I've made a start on a new piece of cover art for Rish. 

He sent a sketch of the thing he was after : 

Alien claw holding a microphone. Pretty much right in my particular wheelhouse ! 

I've started on the claw : 

It's a start.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Grail - T-Shirt element

 I did a bit of punch-up work on a student submission for out school's current production t-shirt. 

I re-did the Grail image - made it a bit fancier. Here it is. Just finished now. 

I learned how to do a proper halftone effect with photoshop with this, so some good learning as well. 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

New Project idea - "King in Yellow" playing card woodcut

 I've been wanting to get into a new woodcut, and nothing was coming to me in terms of imagery for a new Tarot design.I was scrolling through Pinterest for ideas, and I happened on a piece of art on the 'The King in Yellow' - the eldritch horror fictional play. I've loved the idea of 'The King in Yellow' ever since I first encountered it in a game of Call of Cthulu I played back in the 90's. 

 It was a neat picture, and was a cartoonish representation of Hastur ( The 'King' ), Queen Calisda ( one of the tragic figures in the play ) and her children. 

 And I thought - 'Hey, a playing card - one half Hastur and the other Quean Calsida - would be pretty cool.' 

 So that's where I'm going ! I've done a couple of experimental sketches ( nothing amazing there ! ), and I think it could look good. Here's the current one. I think I spent more time measuring up the dimensions of the card ! 

I don't like the current placement of the staff, and I think I could change the arm to a mass of tentacles. The mask is alright, but I could make it look much more sinister. The cloak needs work. BUT - I like the idea and the direction. 

More as it happens.

Sunday, April 04, 2021


 I think it's done. Let's see what the Art Director of the Drabblecast says !

Sunday, March 28, 2021



Stuff I did - Tarot Woodcuts

 In the last couple of years I've tired my hand at making woodcuts. I hadn't done one since I was at high school - so a good twenty or so years ! 

I made these for friends of mine, and was very happy with the way they turned out. I'll have to break out the gouges and make another one sometime soon !