Tuesday, March 31, 2015

& Magazine Issue 11: Humanoids work

Here are a few pieces of work that will appear in & Magazine Issue 11. This issue is a bit delayed, but well worth the wait. I hope all of you download it, and get a chance to use some of the new content for your AD&D 1st edition games. 

This first piece is for the article entitled Undead Ogre Magi.
Undead Ogre Magi by Del Teigeler, Mavfire 2015
Copyright Del Teigeler 2015.
If you haven't figured it out yet, I love the dynamic that happens when we see our creatures from behind, but still fear them, because they see us coming, and don't seem to mind that we are behind them. It gives me that "Oh shit! My plan to sneak up on them failed and now I am doomed" kind of feel. 

This was a a difficult illustration to wrap my head around. As you'll see if you download the issue from the above link, these things are pretty much the same dead as they are living. But (and this may be creative license) I thought that tattered robes would go a long way to illustrating the point of the undead nature of him. 

Clearly a foe to be reckoned with. I'm not sure your 2nd level cleric is going to be able to turn this guy either. 

This next one is an illustration for a Lenard Lakofka article in the same issue of & Magazine. 

Lenard's Long Coat Mage by Del Teigeler, Mavfire 2015
Copyright Del Teigeler 2015.

I really liked the idea of the man being completely bent over backwards by the power of his magic, and at first I went way dramatic with it, but it turned out to be more about the magic than the coat for which the illustration was for. So I decided to go with this more upright pose. 

I enjoyed toying with this piece though, the details of his boots, coat and shadowing effect due to the extreme light produced by the magic (especially on his forearms). I probably could have exaggerated the shadows on the tail of the coat a bit more but, once again, I didn't want to detract from the purpose. 

Thank for looking, comments always welcome. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Gary con sketch pad

Sketches from my pad while I'm at Gary Con.

This guy's proportions are off, but for a quick study among a crowd not too bad I suppose. Let me know what you think. 

Barbarian by Del Teigeler, Mavfire
Copyright Del Teigeler 2015. mavfire@gmail.com
 This next one is a study of Frank Frazetta's Sketchbook. This is not a tracing, but I had the image to look at when drawing. Constantly learning to become better at my trade.

Man on Rock by Del Teigeler, Mavfire

Another anatomy study, this time no reference was used. I tried to get the same technique I used in the previous image down, and think I accomplished what I wanted to. His abdomen  looks a bit long to me, so I'll have to keep that in mind for the future.

Man Struck by Arrow by Del Teigeler, Mavfire
Copyright Del Teigeler 2015.
 Another Frazetta study. The way he shapes his figures is otherworldly. I am learning a lot with these side by side studies. Definitely not as perfect as the master, but a work in progress for sure.
Man with Knife by Del Teigeler, Mavfire

Putting the human form aside. I am really learning and working on my backgrounds, which in my mind are really lacking in depth. This happens to be a mossy branch. Again looking at the work of Frazetta and using his perceived technique. Not there yet.

Looking at the last one here, I see a silly face in the branch....hmm definitely not intentional.

Thanks for looking, comments always welcome. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Barkeep

I decided some time ago, so start on a project of my own, and while I am not going to release too many details until I have a proof copy of what I am working on, I am on my way to realizing the amount of work involved. 

Part of this project is fairly realistic pen & ink drawings of common Medieval/Fantasy professions. The first I started was the Barkeep.

Here is the initial inking.
Barkeep by Del Teigeler, Mavfire
Copyright Del Teigeler 2015

I have continued work on him, adding more crosshatching and detail work. 

Here is the progress. 
Barkeep by Del Teigeler, Mavfire
Copyright Del Teigeler 2015.

As you can see work is progressing nicely, I added a ratty cloth tucked into his apron sash, and worked in the details of his shirt more, and his clothing. 

I have yet to work on the clay/metal (I haven't decided which yet) jug or put the final details into the mugs either. 

Thanks for looking and comments always welcome.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Random Gamers Guild: Swamp Drake

Not sure how I left this one off the blog as I was completing it, but here it is. 

This is the Swamp Drake for Matt Hargenrader's "Dwellers in the Dark Places" monster supplement. I do not have a release date, but stay tuned. 

Swamp Drake by Del Teigeler, Mavfire's Art Blog
Copyright Del Teigeler 2015. Licensed to Matt Hargenrader 2015.

These things writhe through the thick tangles of swamp lands searching for unsuspecting adventurers to eat.

As a side note, I will be travelling to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the 2015 Gary Con convention, this convention was started to honor E. Gary Gygax the co-creator of the worlds most popular role-playing game, and a huge reason why I draw to this day. If it weren't for the imagination that I developed as a young man, in part due to the game that Mr. Gygax created, I would not be where I am today. 

Thank you sir I honor you. 

So, if you see me milling about at the Con please stop by shake my hand and chat with me. I will also have some original art with me for you to peruse as well. Hope to see you there. 

Thanks for looking and comments always welcome.

Friday, March 13, 2015

AS&SH: Giant Radioactive Ants (THEM)

Here is another illustration for +Jeff Talanian's Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerer's of Hyperborea. These can be seen in one of three modules for the AS&SH system that should be reaching a kickstarter page near you very soon. Jeff is running the modules during Gary Con so I am thinking they are almost ready to put out to you fine roleplayers everywhere. 

When I was asked to illustrate these guys, he said that he kind of gleaned the idea from the movie THEM. I had never seen the movie before, so I did a quick search on the internet and found a 3 minute clip on youtube. Awesome! 

Since I posted several works in progress on the G+ community thread, I have had just about everyone recognize them as the giant ants on THEM. Nice!

Here they are in all their radioactive giant glory!

Sucking brains no less.

Them by Del Teigleer, Giant Ants, Illustration
Copyright Del Teigeler 2015. Licensed to Jeff Talanian 2015.
Poor fella just couldn't get through that chinous armor with that sword of his. Guess the shield didnt help much either. 

Thanks for looking, comments always welcome. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

AS&SH: Ape-Men

Wow! has it really been almost 2 weeks since I posted anything? Geesh, I have to get back on track. 

I have been loaded with tons of work, but most of it I have had to keep from the general public until the product is ready. Which is no fun for those of you who follow me, and for those of you who just like to waste time looking at pictures. (That is not a bad thing mind you).

Here is another commission from +Jeff Talanian for his Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea campaign. Look for his Kickstarter (described here) soon. 

Off to the Ape-men. 
Ape-Men Hyperborea Jeff Talanian Del Teigeler Mavfire
Copyright Del Teigeler 2015. Licensed to Jeff Talanian 2015.
This variety of Ape-men for the AS&SH game setting is a bit different from the common species detailed in the guidebook. It may have something to do with that large steel contraption he is standing on. But you will have to pick up the upcoming module to find out everything!!

Thanks for looking, comments always welcome.