Saturday, 23 December 2017

2017: Favourite Pieces

That was an interesting year, work-wise - I got to paint for a number of Lone Wolf Adventure Game books, some World War Cthulhu, The One Ring, and Adventures in Middle-earth, and I did get out to a graffiti festival (I wanted to do more, but the year was not always kind, bringing as it did some family loss). There might be other stuff that has to stay under NDA... I really couldn't say ;)

But, of the things I can show, here are my favourites of the year (this doesn't always mean the biggest pieces, or even the technically sharpest ones, but more the ones that satisfied something in my creative drives):

Archet - I enjoyed the angle and colours

A collection of monsters for LWAG :)

My graffiti piece - still lots to learn, but here I learned lots

The Road Goes Ever On, with challenging no-sky lighting

Oaths of the Riddermark - a classic royal Rohan image

Laughter of Dragons - challenging, but I like the atmosphere I achieved

Clues - I love b+w pieces, and this could tell so many stories

Cellar - moody, awkward, creepy

Chess - I love depicting reality as bending and warping

Dwarf Kit - simple, honest, practical, it's essence of dwarf

Bree - I got to paint the Prancing Pony :)

Thanks for looking, and that might be it from me for this year. I'll see you in 2018 - stay safe, take care, and have a great time :)

Sunday, 17 December 2017

TOR spots

A couple more pieces done for C7's The One Ring:



©2017 Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7 Entertainment
Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd and their respective licensees.


Here's the thing... there are two things I would love to talk about regarding my work, but I have to keep them under wraps until some time in 2018. Ah well... :)

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Line Sketches, and the next Twitch Stream

Playing around with some line sketches of figures from myth:




And tomorrow I'll return to streaming, having missed a week due to illness:


Why not hop on over to Twitch, look for midnightillustration, and click 'Follow'?
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

The Laughter of Dragons Cover

Part 2 of TotD is on the way (promise), but my cover for The Laughter of Dragons got revealed and it'd be a shame not to put that up right now :)

This is the full painting:

And here, the final image as it will appear in print, with graphic design by Paul Bourne:

Images © 2017 Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7 Entertainment
Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd and their respective licensees.


Oh! I'm also going to be streaming some more art again tonight, at 7.30pm UK time. It's the usual address - twitch.tv/midnightillustration Why not drop by and hang out for a bit?

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Twitch Stream - Graffiti Thumbnails

I said the next post would be Terror of the Darklords part 2, didn't I? I have it ready, but then it feels more pertinent to put up recordings of livestreams pretty soon after they take place, and I did this one yesterday evening.

The idea is to begin exploring ideas for my next graffiti piece, and that means thumbnailing. I've changed how I edit streams once they're done, so rather than auto-uploading to Youtube in 15-min sections, I download and then upload longer sessions. Given that, I'll try embedding Youtube videos of the streams, rather than linking to them on Twitch (it seems easier to do that in Blogger right now):

Part 1, up to the tea break:

Part 2, until I hit connection issues:


Part 3, when I could bring the connection back up and finish the stream:

Thanks for looking, and I (probably) will be back with some TotD pieces for the next update :)

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Terror of the Darklords, pt1

With pt2 as the next update on this blog, here's some of the work I did for this supplement to the Lone Wolf Adventure Game, from C7:








Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Pumpkin Skull vs OBS Issues

Part 2, or perhaps more accurately round 2 - issues of a different kind mean I don't have a video to link to this time, but at least I have the sketch to show!

I'm fairly sure I've ironed out all the problems, though, so I should be good to go, no tech troubles, next time :)