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Chosen by the Hand of Fate

Posted in Aliens and Monsters, Defiant Development, Drawings, Hand of Fate, Heroes Call, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , 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

A Portrait of the Raven King as a Young Man

Posted in Drawings, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Literature with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2010 by gladlad

So I’m on my second time through ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell’.  Goodness gracious, what do you say about this book?  I’m sure it’s a very niche-audience work, but I am very well within that niche of people who love Regency-era British literature, historical fiction and well-thought-out fantasy.  This novel pleases all three pleasure-centers in spades.  Didn’t know you had a Regency-era literature pleasure center, did you?  It’s easy to miss due to its quiet formality and slight aloofness, always sneering down its nose at the electronic entertainment pleasure center, which is quite the attention hog.  But I digress.

‘Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell’ is a big, thick, unruly book with many characters and lots going on.  It’s very slow at first, but once it picks up, you don’t want it to stop, what with its triple-pleasure-power.  And it… really doesn’t stop for a long long time.  It’s amazing.  Susanna Clarke spent like a DECADE writing this thing, and it is sprawling; with humor, horror, (quietly formal) romance, magic, fairies, more magic, and even a big, climactic… climax.  Jane Austen never had a big climactic climax.  (That was totally not a double-entendre regarding being a middle-aged spinster, btw.)  I hear there’s a movie on the table, which is both awesome and sad for the age-old reason that a book this huge cannot be condensed.  It’d steal its whole charm.  Aw, who knows.

Anyway, all this is to say that I started out illustrating a scene from the book-world’s history when the Raven King arrives in England for the first time after being raised by fairies in Fairie for fourteen years.  Note: that means that in this illustration he is fourteen years old.  That’s why he “looks like a girl”, to all you people who thought so.  Apparently fairies don’t think much of short hair.  *ahem*  He comes back, kicks ass, rules the Northern half of England for three hundred years, then disappears and other stuff happens (namely the stuff in the book).  But instead of illustrating the actual scene with his fairie soldiers and stuff, it just turned into a portrait due to me actually wanting to finish it.  Thus, the dude standing behind him in the sketch not being there anymore later.  Goodbye, fairie dude.  The background is a mock-up from several different photographs.

Also, below is the “light” version I made before realizing he was wearing black wool in that part.  Which was silly of me altogether because, like any hip goth guy, he only really ever wore black.  With his long, dark hair hanging greasily before his dark eyes, like pools of shadow; unfathomable and remote, dark as a raven’s wing at midnight… at the bottom of a well.  Of ink.  (Whoa– flashbacks from the “Bad Poetry Day” post…)

I’m working on another character, the street magician Vinculus, and a depiciton of the magic done at Yorkminster Cathedral, both of which I shall hopefully post shortly.  Until then I shall say “shall” more, and look down my nose at their unfinishedness with aloof haughtiness.  Pish tosh!