Friday, March 23, 2012

Sketch: Portrait of Phacops Attaboise

Between the genealogy tree drawing (where he first appears) and this Uncles drawing--and without planning it in any way--this Phacops Attaboise guy has taken on some importance in Refractoria. As I record his actions dealing with these Uncles over a decade or so, I'm now discovering his desire to extinguish the Horned Rovers borders on the stripe of ruthless mania that led to these piles of buffalo skulls on the plains. The problem, of course, is that the Horned Rovers (Uncles excepted, of course) are essentially human (or human-ish, anyway) but yet Phacops harvests them as he would big game--slaughtering them in large numbers, sawing off their ivory racks with the blade tucked in his belt, flensing away flesh and fat from their bones. Jesus, he's a real prick. But he's a prick that's growing into his own character with what seems like zero intent on my end. I think this is the way it's supposed to go--this intent-less approach--and I'm excited to see what happens.

I'm appreciating more the limited amount of writing space I'm allowing myself on these last two drawings--I have to get the information across with a lean selection of words. In fact, the tiny stories and descriptions remind me of the format of the original 1st editions AD&D books (Monster Manual, Players Handbook and the Dungeon Master's Guide in particular)--descriptions of monsters, magic items, spells, artifacts--had to be concise but often hinted as much larger stories. And THAT was always the leaping off point when I was a kid--an off-handed reference to City of Brass, the Wind Dukes of Aaqa or the Plane of Molten Skies . . . I mean, forget it. My brain was off and running with that stuff. I'm basically recreating that sensation with this wee stories--a mention of a name or a place in one bit becomes the meat of the next drawing.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Uncles Drawing 03.22.12

 An update on Frey Incotto and Pratho.

The work is really gushing out now. I'm having a hard time just making enough notes to be able to follow up in the future. Great. This is what it's supposed to be like, right?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Uncles Drawing 03.21.12

Grondegash and Quanno "Chappy" Bresson.

Trying to finish two of these little info boxes a day. It's tough . . . writing it a considerably different beast than drawing and involves some self-consciousness that doesn't come with drawing. Still, it's the best fun I've had in a long time.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Uncles Drawing 03.17.12

I went back in and touched up most of the drawings--mainly added darks. So I'm reposting a number of the updates.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Uncles Drawing 03.10.12

Uncles of the Horned Rovers Clans

The next drawing is going to be a chart (inspired by these images posted on the always amazing Monster Brains blog) of various "uncles" of the Horned Rovers clans. Here is a scrap of text regarding the Uncles from The Coarselands Codex by Bashfat the Archivist:

"The author now feels he must reveal pertinent information before progressing further. Most of intelligence on these great creatures comes from the dairies and accounts of Phacops Attaboise--a notoriously sanguinary explorer and self-proclaimed (and, no doubt, singularly unqualified) anthropologist who spent many years wreaking havoc in the Coarselands, and executed much of his research with a pistol in one hand and a blade in the other. It is widely understood that the individual Rovers are assiduously proud and, if opportunity allows, will commit self-murder if capture appears imminent. Therefore any information obtained from an captive Rover is likely tinctured by contempt and is possibly even utterly false. However, as little information exists outside of these questionable accounts, I will present it in its entirety.

" . . . it is understood that every clan--notwithstanding be they Sulligis or Beshkar (and quickly bewildered are those who attempt to comprehend the difference between these hoards of behorned savages)--counts amongst its number a singular, deeply revered entity which is known, in their parlance, as an 'Uncle'--a dismayingly casual honorific considering the supposed veneration in which these chimaera are held. These bizarre, hybrid beasts--which are exclusively male--rarely engage in the unending skirmishes between the battling tribal factions (though, due to the considerable bulk and armament of these Uncles, there is little doubt they would prove to be singularly deadly if they chose to enter combat.) Rather, these Uncles appear to fulfill a function that is closer to clan advisor or historian, guiding each clan through warfare and dispensing sagacity on less fatal matters. These creatures are also rumored to possess a mild form of prescience and possess a lifespan that can span several centuries. Nothing is known of their procreative habits . . . "

You can see a few more uncles here, here and here.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

The 1,000th Post

I've been posting on this blog for just under 6 years--I started in July 2006 when the studio was getting shaped into the a usable space. (Admitted, I have taken a few dozen posts from 2003/04/05 from other defunct sites, backed-dated them and posted them here.) I used to write more--a hell of a lot more--but that's fallen off in the last few years. Once I realized that my main visitors to this site were the googlebots I gave the writing a rest.

Blah blah. This is the latest finished drawing, The King of Smothered Rainbows. I finished it today and then stained the paper with tea to "age" it. Etc.

Not sure what is coming next.

Friday, March 02, 2012

King of Smothered Rainbows 03.02.12

Updated Muh-Muh the Royal Varmint. He gets a little story and I freshened up his skin for him, added and darkened a few spots, etc.

My next post is going to be my 1,000th post--this is 999. I'm going to finish up the drawing this weekend and THAT will be number 1,000.