Chosen by the Hand of Fate

Posted in Aliens and Monsters, Defiant Development, Drawings, Hand of Fate, Heroes Call, Video Games on March 27, 2013 by gladlad

Woohooooo!  Last year I did some illustrations for Defiant Development, awesome Aussie game development chaps, and they asked me to help out with another project!!!  It’s called “Hand of Fate”, and is kind of a spiritual sequel to Heroes Call (the previous one I worked on) in that it still involves isometric 3D dungeon-crawling RPG stuff.  However, this one is built around the concept of a deck of cards which serve as your map through a randomized dungeon and the monsters and treasures within.  And (drum roll) I get to design all the cards!!!  The super fun thing about it is that they asked me to emulate a kind of medieval woodcut/brushwork feel, which is right up my alley.  Black and white rudimentary-form archaic scrawling FTW!!!  Once again, they devs have been a joy to work with; super patient and helpful with feedback.

Right now the game exists only as a demo with a limited amount of content, but the finished work will start soon and I’ll be designing a lot more cards.  For now, here’s some samples of the work I’ve been doing on it, for your viewing pleasure:HoF_Bordered_1_by_Gladlad

HoF_Bordered_2_by_GladladHoF_Skeletons_Face_by_Gladad HoF_Misc_1_by_GladladHoF_Spiders_by_Gladad HoF_Goblins_by_GladadHoF_Barbarian_by_GladladHoF_Mage_by_GladladHoF_Weapons_by_Gladad   HoF_Misc_2_by_Gladad  HoF_Skeletons_Misc_by_GladadHoF_Skeletons_Mirrored_by_Gladad HoF_Skeletons_Misc_2_by_Gladad  HoF_Food_by_Gladad

Subterranean Homesick Alien

Posted in Aliens and Monsters, Drawings, Graffiti on September 5, 2012 by gladlad

Man, I love me some motivational spam.  How can you have a bad day when some robot out there has THIS to say about your blog: “You managed to hit the nail upon the highest and defined out the whole thing with no need side-effects, folks can take a signal.” ?!?  Awesome.

Alien graffiti today.  It says “Xenophile” because I like aliens.  The inks were done with a brush during a very Powerpoint-intensive training seminar.  Powerpoint-based training has become a very fertile imagination-field, since there is no possible way my mind cannot wander all over the place for hours during them.  As long as you can stay awake.

Now go and hit the nail upon the highest.  You deserve it.

The Toot Sweets

Posted in Aliens and Monsters, Drawings, Video Games on August 31, 2012 by gladlad

I really like the Ukrainian “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.” games, and I thought I’d do some fan art from one of them.  Snorks are brain-wiped, feral ex-soldiers and adventurers that roam the wasteland around future-Chernobyl.  So like, super nice guys.  They are playful and like to jump.

Snork Attack (Inks)

Snork Attack

Caution: Gas masks are not effective when worn in that fashion.

BLEEEAAAAARRRGH!!!!! (That’s zombie for “I’m back!”)

Posted in Animals, Blogging, Defiant Development, Drawings, Gormenghast, Heroes Call, Skyrim, Video Games, Welkyn Winwillow on May 10, 2012 by gladlad

Hello, Internetland!  I missed you ohsoverymuch!

Hopefully you were busy and having lots of fun while I was away, gettin’ all dolled up and paintin’ the town shades of red not often seen in more run-of-the-mill town-painting hijinks.  As per myself, I have been up to things.  Secret things.  Missteeriusssssss things.  Also boring things and normal things.  But I’ve been drawing!

And not only have I been drawing, but April brought a couple of REALLY cool things:

- my kids’ birthdays, who are now 6 and 8 (obligatory parental age awareness shockwave), with attached first-time trip to Underwater World at the Mall of America (I refuse to use its newer, boring-er moniker).  This younger guy who worked there developed a man-crush on me as we went through the underwater observation tube after he caught me excitedly telling my kids nerd-facts about all the various sea-creatures we were watching, and proceeded to follow me all through the exhibit telling me I should get a job there and making sure I witnessed the (admittedly incredible) 9-foot, elderly alligator gar.  He came right out at one point and confessed “I’m gonna follow you on into the rainforest exhibit… because I really like talking to you!”  He was actually really nice.  But a little uncomfortable.  Whoever you are, you ROCK, my fishy friend.

- As if to offset the shock of how old I’m getting, I super-surprise landed a job drawing pictures for a *REAL* *LIVE* VIDEO GAME!!!  Holy freaking crap!!!!!!!  And it’s all thanks to this very WordPress blog!  Thank you WordPress!  Some guys from Defiant Development in Australia were Googling images to fit their new dungeon-crawler for iOS called “Heroes Call”, and stumbled on my old sketch of Gormenghast.  They asked if they could use it for a loading screen image, and then asked if I’d be willing to draw any more!  Of course, I told them that their petty, handheld game held no interest for a pro-league craftsman like myself– actually, I pretty much just rolled around on the floor and begged them to let me do anything they asked.  It’s a good think we weren’t Skyping…  Here are the images we ended up with:

It was extra awesome because they wanted all of them to be really raw and sketchy, like the Gormenghast image, so I got to hone my brush skills a little!  Man, brush pens are FUN.  If you like drawing, you should get the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.  *NOW.*  It’s the handy-dandiest thing EVER.  Anywho, I just finished those up and will see how they look ingame soon.  I think I’ll be able to post a video of it in action in a little bit!  Until then, you can see more drawings from my creation process with those over at my *b-r-a-n-d* *n-e-w*……..

- DeviantArt gallery!  Yep, I finally got the motivationalness to throw a whole bunch of crap into one gallery space, and DeviantArt is a good place to do it.  I have been SO inspired by SO many awesome artists there that I took a long time to feel brave enough to post anything along the likes of some of those picture-masters.  But I did it, and it rocks.  Head on over and take a look!

- I got Skyrim a few months ago, and got REALLY really really excited about it for a while.  I mean, I still am, but holy buckets was I ever liking playing that game.  It’s really great.  I liked it so much, in fact, that I started a whole new blog just to write a journal based on my character’s adventures.  It didn’t last very long but writing from that goofy POV and taking screenshots for it was really fun, and I might pick it back up again at some point just for the joy of creative writing.  If you really want to see just how nerdy I can get, take a gander at the mishaps and mayhem of the incredible WELKYN WINWILLOW!

I really do want to keep this blog updated better, so here’s hoping.  I actually have a couple more recent drawings to post, so I’ll do that soon.  Until then, choose a nice shade of red for me!

Inspirational Spam

Posted in Drawings, Fine Art, Literature, Lovecraft, Video Games on January 19, 2012 by gladlad

Whenever I’m feeling down, I just check out my spam folder.  It really hammers home what a great blogger I am.  Just check out this glowing review:

“A person essentially help to make critically articles I would state. This is the very first time I frequented your website page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to make this particular post amazing. Fantastic process!”

Another comment stated how “absolutely written” this site is.  I admit, there were tears.

Roaming my wayward way by the wayside of life, I haven’t posted in a while, which is a crime considering my fantastic process, so I thought I’d dump some recent artwork and lay down some jazz about life and stuff.

Firstly, I have to gush a little about the books Dana got me for Christmas!  Such wonders!  Check out these Barnes & noble ultra-deluxe supercollections!  They’re so beautiful!  With gold-leaf pages!  As Charlie Brown would say, “WAUUUUGH!”

And that H. P. Lovecraft collection is quite literally ‘complete’.  It’s insane.  It’d take like twenty Daw pulp paperbacks to equal what they crammed into that catechism-sized volume.  It makes you feel like you’re attending Miskatonic U. just holding it.  It’s all heavy and uncomfortable and awkward to hold in bed, just like the Necronomicon would be!  Joy.  The design of these things is just brilliant.  I want more.  MORE!!!  Maybe next Christmas…

And speaking of well-designed, Bible-sized amazingness, there’s THIS:

Dagnabbit, BUY THIS BOOK!  There are graphic novels, and then there are *tympani drumroll* >>>GRAPHIC NOVELS<<<.  Craig Thompson was already working on this when I finally got around to reading his wonderful ‘Blankets’, and I have been eagerly awaiting its release.  Pulling it from under the tree was a fantastic treat.  There really is no way to accurately describe this book, suffice to say it is big, long, deep and probably the most beautiful book I’ve ever seen, right up there with the Book of Kells and The Wood Beyond the World.  My brain hurts imagining the work that went into this, and I have to take breaks from it often due to beauty overload.  The writing’s not bad either.  Craig makes me want to make things that make people’s eyes hurt for wonder; I am thankful for his inspiration and motivation.  Speaking of which…

Okay, so I haven’t been up to much artwise, but I have produced a couple of things, and here’s what’s sort of worth showing:

Mural design for our Jesus-people family:

Skyrim character art:Logo for friends’ farm:Painting practice… ugh.More to come!  Stay tuned!

Furry Monsters

Posted in Aliens and Monsters, Drawings, Pixar on May 4, 2011 by gladlad

I watched “The Pixar Story” on Netflix last night, and it was really, REALLY inspiring.  And frustrating.  Just because I’ll probably never work at Pixar, which is officially the WORLD’S COOLEST OFFICE BUILDING.  After it was done, I wanted to make furry monsters.

PHOTOSHOP PRO(lol)TIP:

1. choose a chunky brush

2. set the angle jitter all the way up

3. Maybe jitter the scattering and size a little, too

4. Under “Color Options”, crank the foreground/background jitter all the way up, too

5.  Choose interesting colors for the foreground and background

6. Draw furry monsters.

Post-‘ems

Posted in Aliens and Monsters, Drawings, Gormenghast on April 15, 2011 by gladlad

Just a couple of pieces done recently, mostly for more brush practice.  Brushes are awesome.  I can’t believe I made it 30 years without learning that.  The first image is Mr. Flay and Gormenghast Mountain from ‘Titus Groan’ by Mervyn Peake.  The second is, as you may well guess, a bunch of aliens.  Also, I have added a few Jam Panels from this month’s Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam in Minneapolis, which was very fun.  You should come!

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