Alsatia is our latest piece and if you frequent our gallery often you have probably already seen it but I thought it was worthy of getting a more detailed look. Alsatia was my wife's old D&D character and this was a scene of one of her greatest achievements, landing the killing stroke on a young dragon. The picture started, as always, with the pencil art by Embrio done in Sketchbook Pro on a Tablet PC.
This years Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo was another huge success. The organizers of the show deserve a standing ovation for all their hard work. As the euphoria of the weekend starts to wear off thoughts of how awesome next years show will be. The only downside to working the show is not having enough time to check out the other booths and visit with fellow artists. We'd like to just send a few links out to some of the artists we met at the show.
It's coming up on convention season and we are busy getting ready for the 2008 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo this April 26-27. We will have a corner booth (#506) right next to artist alley this year. Hey, if you come by our booth and mention that you read this post on our blog, we'll give you something free.
The Deck of Illusion that we illustrated for Green Ronin Publishing is available now. You can see some examples of the cards and order them from this page. We received our complimentary copies and we're very happy with how they turned out.
Uh, did we doze off there? You realize that it's pretty cold up here in Canada and in the winter months our internet tubes freeze in our igloo's making it hard to post to our blogs. Yeah, that's it. I'd buy a heater for my internet tubes, but I'm afraid it would melt my igloo. :)
We have been busy working, mostly on our own separate side projects. There are new illustrations for White-Wolf and cards for the World of Warcraft card game that I will be posting shortly. Embrio has been doing some design work for various companies including designing some miniatures for a new upcoming miniatures game.
The Exotique 3 art book is now available to order from Ballistic Publishing. Dubbed as "a collection of the world’s most beautiful digital characters", the books from Ballistic Publish are all excellent books. I have a few in my collection and they are very beautiful and high quality. Of course I'm also mentioning it since one of our pictures was selected for inclusion. Electric Boogaloo is on page 35, you can actually browse through the book using the first link above.
There are a million tutorials online so I often feel like doing any of my own would be pretty redundant. But there is one area that I often see done differently than the way I prefer and that's when people prepare their line art for coloring in Photoshop. The easy way and the one I see most often in tutorials is to just duplicate the layer with your line art and set it to multiply and then color on a layer underneath. This does work, but I find it extremely limiting compared to the method I use and learned while coloring comics.
Post number 9, by Newt, not Rebecca. We'll be contacting you to get your address and you're print of choice will be on it's way. As for that runner up prize, you'll never know since you won. Thanks to everyone who entered our little contest.
Well, it's been a little while since our last post, but we've been busy. We are currently working on a project for Green Ronin Publishing. We are creating the Deck of Illusions. It's a deck of 34 cards with various monsters/characters on it and it's meant as a real world representation of the D&D magical item.