Friday, December 2, 2016

Arkham Horror - Rise of the Ghouls

Another illustration done for the Arkham Horror card game...
Rise of the Ghouls
Arkham Horror: The Card Game
2015-2016 © Fantasy Flight Games

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Star Wars - TIE Defender Pilot

Illustration for the XWing miniatures line...
TIE Defender Pilot
Star Wars XWing - Imperial Veterans
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Friday, November 25, 2016

Dune - The Book, Cover Art (work in progress)

I thought I share where I am with the cover for the book... there are still loads of things to do, but I am sort of happy with the overall composition and the block-in of the character finally. Hope you like it! :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Dune - The Book (Work in Progress)

I haven't posted anything about this project for a while, so I thought I share some of the work in progress illustrations...  As the plan is to finish all artworks in oils, these are at about 80% of completion. Hope you like it and more to come! :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Arkham Horror - Northside

Mood setting illo done for Arkham Horror: The Card Game...
Arkham Horror: The Card Game
2015-2016 © Fantasy Flight Games

Monday, November 7, 2016

Star Wars - Corellian Light Freighter

Illo done for the latest expansion of XWing: Heroes of the Resistance...
Corellian YT1300f Light Freighter
Star Wars XWing: Heroes of the Resistance
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Arkham Horror - Arkham Asylum

This piece was spoiled on the publisher's site, so I thought I can share it here as well... :) Done for the upcoming book of Arkham Horror.
Arkham Asylum
The Investigators of Arkham Horror
2015-2016 © Fantasy Flight Games

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Star Wars - The Race

Here is a cover art I have done (ages ago) for the recently published expansion book of Star Wars: Force and Destiny - Endless Vigil...
The Race - Cover Art for Endless Vigil
Star Wars: Force and Destiny
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Monday, October 10, 2016

Dune - The Book (color roughs)

So here is another work in progress post... the next step after the sketches was to select the best parts and figure out the final mood for all the illustrations.

First I have created a quick line-up of black&white value thumbnails. I am just going to use these as value references to keep all illustrations readable during the process.

After this I went through all the selected comps and done a rough color version to establish the overall palette and lighting I would like to use.
Now I am in the process of shooting and creating image specific references (real models and 3d sculpts / models), I hope I can post some of those as well soon.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dune - The Book (ideation sketches)

Soooo, you know that Dune has a special place in my heart. That's why I was absolutely stoked, when Centipede Press asked me to illustrate the limited edition reprint of the original book.
Its going to be a hard cover with 8-10 full color internal illustrations, a wraparound dust jacket and with the first 500 copies numbered and signed.

Usually I don’t share my really early thumbnail sketches or early ideation, but we thought with the publisher that it could be cool for the fans to make the whole process public. Especially, because I am planning to work with a bit different technique than what I usually use, jumping between traditional and digital mediums.
So from now on I am going post all sketches, color thumbs, in progress art, etc. and you can follow the whole process from start to finish. (I probably going livestream some of the actual painting sessions as well.)

I narrowed down the number of illustrations to 10 (8 + 2), where the eight are all iconic moments, but we might need the extra two to have an even placement of artworks in the book.

These are scans straight from my sketchbooks and usually about figuring out the overall composition and parts of the artwork to find directions for the designs.
(Before this I had a stage, where I scribbled stick figures and notes with markers onto post-it notes, what I stuck into the various parts of the book.)
The little thumbnail sketches at the top left part of each page shows my ideas for the actual illustration, the rest is pretty much just thoughts and visual notes for myself.
After this step I am going to do color thumbnails for each illustration to establish the overall mood and a more detailed sketch to finalize the compositions.

So the illustrations:

01 - The Baron
I thought its crucial to start with showing him and/or the planet to establish the story.
There is a scene, where he puts his hand on a globe represinting Arrakis and I thought it could be a great symbol of he is still controlling the planet from the shadows.

02 - Hunter Seeker
The assassination scene, where the hunter seeker attacks Paul. I know its not really an epic scene, but this is the key point, where the conflict starts.
Theres a fish (jumping out of see) on Paul’s bed and that’s the part, where the hunter seeker is coming out from.
I thought this could be a great symbolic image, where the spikey shape of the device (Harkonnen) breaks the flow of the waves and the fish (Atreides).

03 - Sandworm
Epic scene, where we meet with the sandworms the first time in the book. This is where the Duke saves the crew of a spice harvester from the worm.
It also gives us a great chance to show the ornithopters and through them the world’s level of technology.

04 - Paul and Jessica
Showing the scene after their escape, looking back towards the city.
They would stand on the rocks at the bottom of the image and watch Arrakeen burn in the attack of the Harkonnen.
They are still connected, but the sea of sand already separates them from what is happening in the city.

05 - Paul’s Duel
This is the part, where Paul confront’s with the fremen and has to fight for his place inside their society.
It also gives us a great chance to show both the fremen clothing (people standing in the background) and their physical attributes on the fighter.
This is also the point, where we see Paul’s face.

06 - Jessica’s Ceremony
This is the most sacral scene in the whole book, where Jessica drinks the “water of life” to become the fremen’s new sayyadina.
She is basically finds her destiny and balance of her life in this scene, so I want to make it really symmetrical.
This is also a good chance to show all other important fremen characters: Stilgar, Chani and Ramallo the old sayyadina

07 - Riding the Sandworm
Probably the most epic scene in the book, where Paul becomes the real leader of the fremen with riding a giant sand worm.
I am planning to come up with a more unique head and body structure for the worm to stand out from the typical depictions used in the past.

08 - Sardaukar Barracks
Showing the scene just before the attack of the fremen starts showing the emperor’s ship and the enormous structure of the sardaukar legions around them.
We can also show the city walls and entrance gate in the background to show more scale.
I really would like to achieve an epic scale, but also create a lot of tension with the shape language of the image - the emperor is still standing, but everything around him is scattered and falling apart…

09 (extra) - Kies
This is the scene, where Paul and Jessica meets Liet / Kies again, when he tries to save them from the Harkonnen.
This could be a more personal scene, where we dive into the desert and the world of fremen (this could come between 04 and 05 in the book).

10 (extra) - The Emperor
Showing the scene where the Baron confronts the Emperor, the reverend mother and Alia.
I picked this to be the final scene, because this is where the Harkonnen fail and both the Baron and the Emperor is defeated right after it.
I was also thinking to show Paul’s final battle with Feyd-Rautha, but that is pretty much the same knife fighting scene, what we have already seen ealrier (05).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Star Wars - Gamma Squadron

Another illustration done for the XWing line...
Gamma Squadron
Star Wars XWing - Imperial Veterans
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Friday, September 9, 2016

Eclipse Phase - Moon Battle

Just realised I haven't posted anything for ages, so here is a double spread illo I have done for the latest Eclipse Phase book to keep the blog going...
Moon Battle interior for Eclipse Phase
2014-2016 © Posthuman Studios LLC 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Star Wars - TIE Defender Squadron

Another XWing game illo from the same batch...
TIE Defender Squadron
Star Wars XWing - Imperial Veterans
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Friday, July 29, 2016

Star Wars - Royal Guard Defender

Another ship illo for the XWing Miniatures line...
Royal Guard TIE Defender
Star Wars XWing - Imperial Veterans
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Star Wars - Backstabber

Ship illo I have done for Star Wars LCG: Galactic Ambitions a while back...
Star Wars LCG - Galactic Ambitions
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Monday, July 25, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

Star Wars - Spark of Rebellion

Illustration done for the latest deluxe expansion of the Star wars LCG: Galactic Ambitions...
Spark of Rebellion
Star Wars LCG - Galactic Ambitions
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Star Wars - TIE Bomber Veteran

Illustration I have done for one of the Star Wars XWing packs Imperial Veterans...
TIE Bomber Pilot
Star Wars XWing - Imperial Veterans
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games