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#781 Postby Storn » Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:56 am

Another one by the prolific Death Tribble;

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And Lethe has commissioned quite a few over the years, another one for him;

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And these were done for an Xmas card for a co-worker of Millie's who is very into horror films and shows. We all quite like American Horror Story (good finale last night, btw). This was watercolor and acrylic over inked work. the original has the zombie santa on the front and the cartoony verison of our cat Chrissie inside.

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#782 Postby Thunderforge » Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:15 pm

I noticed that some of these later images have more facial shading than some of your earlier images. It's not bad or anything, it's just kind of need seeing how your artistic style has evolved over the years!
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#783 Postby Storn » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:47 pm

Thunderforge wrote:I noticed that some of these later images have more facial shading than some of your earlier images. It's not bad or anything, it's just kind of need seeing how your artistic style has evolved over the years!


I think that is coming out of using Vellum trace paper with black color pencil... the grit of the vellum lends itself to a really nice, subtle shading... even when I'm doing inks, like on the latest death tribble one, I think it is sticking with me. The other thing I'm doing is on the color side, where I'm using a lot more Overlay layers instead of multiply, really only using multiply for the dark colors. So the underpainting and/or pencil takes on a very different nature with Overlay compared to multiply and I like it!

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#784 Postby Storn » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:54 pm

I've got a team of superheroes done as a bunch of holiday presents for the patron's gaming group. So here is this girl centric superteam. I am working on some fantasy stuff that I hope to post later this week. Stay tuned.

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If anyone is interested in 600 dpi versions of the gals (not the steel guy), they are for sale (and reasonably priced) through my Portfolios by LPJ Design. there are a couple of others tossed in to boot. Here is a link:
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#785 Postby Storn » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:58 am

This is the last one for the "Space Navies" commission. I really enjoyed doing these, a bit different from my usual supers and fantasy characters.

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#786 Postby Storn » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:24 pm

I'm hoping to restart my skype rpg campaign soon. Link to actual play here:
http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?560517-(LoA)-Swords-of-a-Dying-Empire

So as a late xmas present to my players and a way to jump-start my own creative juices, I did pics of each of the player characters.

So, we've got the insane blood priest Boka, the demon possessed Damisk and the destroyer of a city, Galvanic.

With Galvanic, the character is based loosely on greek hoplites by the player... but I wanted to visually pay homage, but change it up enough to distant the visuals from a wholly greek look. I don't feel like in a fantasy world made up of lots of different influences and imagination, that a character should be EXACTLY based off of an earth culture.

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#787 Postby Storn » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:59 am

This posting doesn't have any art in it, but it is very much about art. I just wrote an article addressing WotC's announcement of a "5th" edition Dungeons and Dragons is in the works. My article, Romancing the d20, is aimed at what the art should, could be for upcoming unofficially named "5th" edition. It is on my Live Journal.

I don't pretend to be much of a writer, I am a paint and ink slinger after all. But I do have some passion and emotion about this one. And Since D&D has had an enormous impact on us, I hope you will take a look.

http://storn-cook.livejournal.com/47531.html

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#788 Postby Lysander » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:57 pm

The first artist I ever really noticed when I was growing up in the early 80's with D&D was Erol Otus, specifically his White Plume Mountain work. Anytime one of his pictures comes up, I instantly recognize it (or at least the style) and relish all that it evokes from my 'good old days' of RPG...

... sigh...

Well, I hope you get a shot at D&D 5e Artwork, Mr. Storn. That might actually convince me to at least look at the book...
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#789 Postby Virgobrown72 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:18 pm

I donthis guy is, but the dude that did the stuff for the Pathfinder core rules is great!!! I'd like to see him do some Sci Fi style stuff as well... :wink:
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#790 Postby Storn » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:03 am

Virgobrown72 wrote:I donthis guy is, but the dude that did the stuff for the Pathfinder core rules is great!!! I'd like to see him do some Sci Fi style stuff as well... :wink:


Wayne Reynolds. A great artist from England and a really nice guy.


Its pluggin' time. I've got a few projects that I want to talk about.

First up, my own LPJ Design Portfolio stock art keeps marching along. If you want good print quality and have need of art such as this one below (and the 3 fantasy pics I did for Swords of a Dying Empire earlier in this thread). So. Check it out and the other 11 Portfolios! And growing!!! I suspect the next portfolio will be superheroes. Not sure, but that is the way things are leaning.

http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php? ... s_id=98436

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Next, a kickstarter program for Inkwell ideas, below is their marketing blurb:

Monster Stand-Ins are a set of 200 plastic card (same thickness as
most credit cards) miniatures of creatures for role-playing games or
war games or board games. Use them when you don't have enough
miniatures or don't have the right miniature. The plastic makes them
more durable than home-printed minis or even cardboard minis and you
can freely write on them with a dry erase maker. (Mark conditions,
hits taken, "Kobold #9" etc.) They are also more portable and an
organizer box is available as an option. If you pledge for a set, you
can order extras of any card in the set.

The project page is:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ink ... miniatures

Here is a sample of the art that I produced:
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And in concordance with Stand-ins is a MASSIVE clip art treasure trove of monsters... with a dozen+ really awesome artists. I know that I'm getting a crack at doing Hobgoblins!!! Always fun stuff!!

Here is the Inkwell link to what they are doing and why and how it synergizes with the monster stand ins.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ink ... n=d654542c

Thanks for putting up with such blatant advertising. Hopefully, whetting appetites with a smattering of my art will make it okay.
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#791 Postby Storn » Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:19 pm

First up, another Death Tribble commission. This one is Skin Devil. Bodybrowser from Googlelabs was a huge help on this one. I think this one is really kinda creepy.

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And here is the first of five for a fantasy adventure group... Always fun to try and make a big bruiser of a woman and still look like a female. Especially wearing chainmail. Not sure I succeeded... I *think* I have... but y'all have to be the judge.

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#792 Postby Storn » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:06 am

The Showgirl is another supervillain concept from Death Tribble. He wanted a demure costume if possible, but all the reference I could find had a lot of skin. She certainly is super doing a jump in heels... but hey, supers are fantasy. Do not try at home.

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And here is another fantasy commission for the "party of 5". Fantasy takes a bit more time than the superhero stuff.... I used to think it was just because of the level of detail, folds in clothes, lots of accoutrements like bags, weapons, belts, buckles. But while doing this one, I came to think that it is also the different textures things are... so it is not just the bags, belts, weapons and buckles, its those things have different "feels" to them visually... or should. This one took a bit longer than I would have liked and I'm still feeling like it's missing something.

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#793 Postby Storn » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:29 am

I thought I would share my continuing growing family of… Hobgoblins. Now a trio, soon to be a quartet.

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And we’ve got some more private character concept commissions to show. First up are two from that longtime patron, Death Tribble. An American Moriarity and a “Skyshark” plane. American Moriarity described to me as “pulp, villain”… DT wasn’t expecting the mask, but I wanted to show some visual hinting at the american part of his description. For Skyshark, of course the p40 for the Flying Tigers was a big inspiration.

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Lastly, we’ve got Tahiti Tex. And interesting take on a bunch of classics… the classic superhero brick, cowboy, hawaiian shirt and bullwhip… all combo’d into one hombre.

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#794 Postby Storn » Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:48 am

Thanks guys for the nice comments...

I finished the hobgoblin series for the Monster Art Kickstarter. I heard back from the client. I’m gonna get more! Wheee! Anyways, if you haven’t yet, check out the link to the Monster Art Kickstarter here, by last check, it has been funded, so I think they might add more monsters and art as they go along!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ink ... sts/170997

And I wanna share the hobs with you right now!

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I did other stuff yesterday too. I finished up another commission for Death Tribble, which actually comes from a long time Hero poster, Arc. The idea for a Victor von Doom-like Witch Doctor. I pencilled and inked this one during a working lunch with awesome artist Steve Ellis. I think hanging out with Steve inspired me. Even borrowed the brush from him to do the inking. I like this one a lot. Fun to do African themed heroes and villains!

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Last, but not least (at least as work went yesterday), got a crack at doing a Lich for another commission. Went kinda dark on this one… digital over pencil. And I like it!! Hope y’all do too. In hindsight, might have pulled out the front gauntlet a bit more… but love the color on the staff gem.

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Just wanted to remind folks that I am selling prints and originals over at Fine Art. I just put up this pencil sketch on vellum. It was done for Other Worlds. Want to see if folks might be interested in buying my original sketches. I do sell quite a few of them at conventions.. but I don’t go to all that many conventions. Plus there are a few other pieces, some more suitable for printing. Check it out:

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/storn-cook.html

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#795 Postby ValhallaGH » Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:04 pm

That's a scary lich. He looks like he can kill you with magic, weapons, or his bare hands, all with equal ease and great personal pleasure.
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#796 Postby Storn » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:26 pm

ValhallaGH wrote:That's a scary lich. He looks like he can kill you with magic, weapons, or his bare hands, all with equal ease and great personal pleasure.


nice. That is what I was kinda going for.
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#797 Postby Storn » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:27 pm

Hi folks. Hope you don't mind some self promotion here.

Trying to figure out a few things as I go along. I'm trying out an experiment with selling originals over the internet. I've got hundreds of sketches and inked drawings kicking around... and I sell some of them at conventions. But they do take up space and if they can find loving homes, and I can make a few bucks... that would be icing on cake!!!

So bear with me as I throw up the occasional older piece to see what will sell and what won't. If you have an suggestions of what you would like to see for sale from art I've put up in the past, don't be shy and shoot me a comment or email.

So, today, I'm putting up this fine inked drawing that I just did a few days ago for sale over at my Fine Art site. Site is here: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/storn-cook.html

The art is this one, you will recognize from the color version I just put up recently. It is a brush ink drawing done on sketch paper. Nuthin' fancy.

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Also, while I'm being all self-promote-y, LPJ design just posted another one of my portfolios up. This time fantasy, containing some older stuff as well as some of the recent fantasy pics I've put up here. So, if you want good print quality images, instead of the 72 dpi guys you swipe here, check it out:

http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php? ... s_id=99389

And a NEW pic certainly destined to be in a future fantasy portfolio is right here. Don't say I ain't givin' y'all sumthin' new to ponder! <g>

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#798 Postby Preatori0us » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:13 pm

Oh man, this is great! I used to play a dwarf with a flail and got flack for it. Everybody always told me that a flail for a dwarf would be too short, but I love me some blunt trauma! :lol:
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#799 Postby Doc Hercules » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:30 pm

Storn, love the African Dr. Doom.
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Like this named M'Bomba. I might have to let him make a comeback :)
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#800 Postby fanchergw » Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:07 pm

Hi Storn,

Regarding the dwarf in the new pic, I love the image, but what are those things in the quiver on his back? Since there's no feathers, they don't think they can be arrows / bolts / throwing darts. Maybe some kind of very short throwing javelin? Tent stakes?

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