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Pseudodragon sketch

Posted in Sketches with tags , on May 6, 2009 by sweed

pseudodragon

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owlbear sketch

Posted in Sketches with tags , on April 30, 2009 by sweed
an owl that is also a bear

an owl that is also a bear

New Sketch 2

Posted in Sketches on April 21, 2009 by sweed

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Quick Sketch

Posted in Sketches with tags on April 15, 2009 by sweed
Old man and a raven

Old man and a raven

Quickie – Renfield

Posted in Quickies, Sketches on January 31, 2008 by sweed

 renfield.jpg

Also maybe a Ravenloft character that I will be playing…

Quickie -Dragonborn sketch

Posted in Quickies, Sketches with tags on December 11, 2007 by sweed

Over on the D&D message boards, there’s somewhat of a to-do about the new revealed player race, Dragonborn. People were puzzling about how a female Dragonborn could look both reptilian and feminine. I decided to try my hand at it to see where it went. This is what I came up with:

Female Dragonborn

with male counterpart for comparison:

 

Male Dragonborn

Mongoose Publishing commission and Dracula sketches

Posted in Sketches, Updates with tags , , on December 5, 2007 by sweed

Oops, there went November without a single post. I guess once New Year’s comes around I have a good resolution to set for myself: one post a month at least. So, what have I been up to in the meantime?

Well, most importantly, I’ve done a commission for Mongoose Publishing for their roleplaying game, RuneQuest – a pretty exciting moment for me given my love of RPGs. I drew ten monsters for the interior of their upcoming release, Monsters II. All I know is that any assignment where I get to draw a dragon is awesome. You can check out those pictures on my portfolio page.

Around Halloween (yeah I know, I should really have updated), I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, to get into the holiday spirit and ended up wanting to do some illustrations for it. Below are some of the sketches I did for that.

 

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Is it just me or is the first part of Dracula a lot more compelling than the second? I’m referring to the portion of the novel where it’s just Jon Harker matching wits with the Count in Transylvania. The cat and mouse games in the beginning of the book are, to me, the most interesting part. While the character of Van Helsing brings some interest to the rest of the book, Stoker starts getting downright sentimental once the story moves to London and the titular character moves into the background. It is, of course, a convention of Stoker’s time, but the cross-admiration that goes on between the main characters got a little trite for me, as did the strained diary format. Lucy Westenra’s last entry for instance, was something to the effect of “Dear diary, I am bleeding to death, thought you might want to know…” A little corny, Bram. The narrative is much more suspenseful when it’s Jon Harker balancing on the edge of a knife while playing the fool for the perfidious Count, cut off from Western society. I’m not saying there weren’t cool parts in the second half of the book, just that the first half was a lot cooler.

Enjoying: The Singing Detective
Anticipating: RuneQuest Monsters II 😉
Studying: GIMP and how to make it work more like PS

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