Saturday, October 17, 2015

A little late, I suppose ....

New page - here!  I hope you have a wide monitor, because it's a double page whammie.

Picking up where we left off a couple of months ago - the rest of the conversation between Faust and Tander - and the journey across the Daystar Bridge into the Keltori Highlands.

As a meta note - the Daystar Bridge is called such because of the distance it covers - about 20 miles, to be close to exact.  Or, in other words, just about a whole day's worth of travel.

Pretty content with this double page spread.  First time I've ever done a layout like this.  I did so to capture the whole bridge in one shot.  Even though there isn't much in that to denote scale, I feel like the accompanying panels convey, at least, a part of that scale.

Next up - our heroes encounter with the Keltori natives.

Until then,


Saturday, June 27, 2015

After dinner ...

New page here.

After dinner refreshments and relaxations.  And a revelation from one of the main characters.  Wonder why Faust would be dwelling on such thoughts?  Only time may tell, eh?

I like this page - half text and art.  The text is, of course, a basic info dump to fill in the small details and give some cultural clues.  The mountains, the ocean, and the beginning of a sunset - I enjoyed working on this lots.  Almost therapeutic.  I was hoping to depict the majesty of this area that should be conveyed.  My finished piece is almost as good as my mental image.

Next up will be our heroes' journey through the Keltori Highlands.

Until next time,


Friday, June 19, 2015

Meeting the family

Current page is here.

Our heroes finally make it inside the Strold to meet the family.  And the other dramatis personae located here.  Wonder why I took the time to introduce all these people?

I like this page.  The stonework background was a royal pain in me arse, but I really like the way this one turned out.  The only thing that I'd change is to do more shading.

Til next time -


Sunday, June 7, 2015

A glimpse inside the Addakhan Strold

New Page here.

Our heroes get to see what is within the giant glass dome of the Addakhan Strold. The dome was built to protect the courtyard and the fruit grove from the continual downpour from the waterfall, and to protect the trees from the harsh mountain climate.  And, I suppose I should stop with all the sage like drivel. and let you enjoy (I hope) the new page.

I enjoyed this creating this page.  I've been waiting quite a while to do these drawings, as I've had the ideas for the Strold's interior in my sketch books for years.  Some of the figures are also a slight tip of the hat to the old 8 bit games of old (SSI's Gold Box games).  All in all, a fun page to draw & color.

Til next time,


Sunday, May 31, 2015

And the inhabitants within ....

New page here

An initial meeting with one of the Brightstar family, which might be an important element somewhere in a distant future story.  Maybe?  Could be?  Only time will tell....

I get to start revealing the inside of the Addakhan Strold fortress, and the characters that live there.  Pretty happy with this one for the most part.  The part that killed me / took up a lot of time, is the interior stone walls.  They were kinda a headache ....  but I hope you enjoy.

Til next time,

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Entering the Addakhan Strold

Our tired and dusty heroes gain entry into the mighty fortress, having to by-pass the only inn that they've seen since they left Serenity Gulch (much to the objection of their stomachs).  They are only thinking about a hearty meal, cold ale, and a cushy bed to sleep in....

Current page - here.

Pretty content with this page - got to show off the setting, exterior of Addakhan Strold, and a part of the Daystar bridge.  However, I've decided that coloring, and giving texture to, the Boneyard Canyon is a major pain.  Not sure if the heroes will have any more adventures at this setting.

Until next time -


Saturday, May 2, 2015

A waypoint of their journey

The heroes spend a few days getting to know each other as they speed towards the Frost Lands, and finally approach the fortress of Addakhan Strold.  This fortress guards the Daystar bridge entry point into Atlaas.  It is considered a small thorp (regular population: 75), mostly inhabited by soldiers of Atlass, with a contingent of necessary serfs - traders, professionals, and laborers.  It is managed by the Brightstar family, and has been for generations.  This fortress oversees all commerce that goes in and out of the kingdom via the Daystar Bridge.

New page link - Current Page.

Mostly happy with this one - the coloring went rather quickly and am mostly happy with the results.  I have finished the CGI version of the fortress (which the original was lost in the computer crash of 2013), so the next page should be ready on schedule as well.  You can pop over to my Deviant Art page and check a preview of the Addakhan Strold.

Til next time

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Well, that didn't escalte too quick ...

And after an extended vacation, we return to our heroes journey into the Boneyard Canyon.  They have made it to the entrance to the creepy canyon that they must travel through, in order to reach their destination.  Will they make it in time?  Will the Boneyard Canyon live up to it's eerie name?  Stand tuned for an answer!

Ok, so the desk combined with a computer idea worked pretty well - until the (expletive redacted) widows 8 decided that it needed to repair sector on the hard drive.  So, like an idiot, I let it.  It then decided to reformat the WHOLE hard drive .....

....thus erasing the five pages, the 3D CGI model of Addakhan Strold, and the playing cards deck in the process.  Needless to say, huge set back.  But, things, as you can see, are back up and running.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Off to a sluggish start

First and foremost - new page!!!

Now the story is back with our heroes, following them on their journey up-river.  The next couple of pages are going to be a Indiana Jone-esque type travel progression (I hope), highlighting key points in their sojourn into the Frost Lands.

The big hang up on this page were the cards.  Far be it from me to use the tradition playing cards deck that everyone is familiar with - No! - I had to make my own.  The cards in this page are the final version (ie, version 6 if you really want to know).  The good news is that (as soon as I finish the face cards), I'll put the whole set on Deviant Art.  Probably in PDF format, so you can print them out (on cardstock) and make your very own Arcane Compass deck of playing cards.

Stay tuned!  Til next time -