As some of you may already know, I've been doing some artwork for Fantasy Flight Games over the past 1 1/2 years. Although Tome of Decay wasn't the first title I worked on, it was the first to be released.
So here are a few pieces I had the pleasure of creating in honour of my favourite Chaos god, Grandfather Nurgle.
Here's how it works (for those who might have forgotten, or still don't know what the Liebster is):
The nominee's task is to give 11 truths about themselves, answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated them, make 11 questions of their own and nominate another 11 blogs to spread the contagion. The purpose of this is to discover new interesting blogs and have a bit of fun. So here we go:
I. The Eleven Truths
I like to collect things. Some would even go so far as to say I'm a hoarder... but it isn't true, I assure you.
I'm a great procrastinator... especially when it comes to blogging.
I have a lot more ideas for artworks I want to create than I can ever hope to complete in a single lifetime.
The same goes for my miniature modelling and painting projects.
I love books. The smell, the feeling, the look, everything about them.
I also love fairy tales. Especially Grimm's and the like.
The one thing that has always attracted me most to wargaming, and GW in particular, was the artwork.
These days I feel more drawn towards the older style artwork from the 80's and 90's.
Once again, the same goes for miniatures and games as well, although not in all cases.
My fancies rotate on a regular basis. These "phases" can last days, weeks, or months.
The one constant in all my gaming and hobby activities is Blood Bowl!
II. The Eleven Answers
I picked 11 questions from the 33 I was given.
What was the last book you've read?
Mechanicum by Graham McNeill
Would you rather be able to read minds, or be able to become invisible at will?
Become invisible at will.
Would you rather burn everything you own, or keep everything you own but never gain anything for the rest of your life?
I have thought about this one a lot. Having recently experienced the joy of acquiring new toys after my years of poverty, I have to conclude that I'd rather burn everything I own, than never gain anything new... I think.
Does the idea of humans technologically augmenting themselves worry you?
I actually find it rather exciting.
Some new artwork at last... but first, a big THANK YOU for all the messages of support and encouragement I've received after my last post. You peeps are awesome!
The Imperial Heroine was my offering for the recent MyFX Challenge #344: Booty-full.
Participants were asked to (quite literally) stretch the boundaries of female fantasy and sci-fi character stereotypes, i.e. big gals.
Anyone familiar with John Blanche's Inquisitor Sketchbook will be able to recognise my inspiration for the character pretty easily.
Happy 2014 everyone!
I know it's a bit late for a looking back at the year that was post, but here it goes anyway...
2013 was a very interesting year for me. There were a few big ups, as well as some pretty big downs. So this will be a bit more wordy than usual, as I look back at some of the highlights and a few of the low points of the past year.
Imperial Sanctioned Abhvmans a.k.a. Beastmen
Things started out pretty well. Going into the new year, I was full of confidence, energy, and had plenty of work on... concept art, illustration, graphic design, a bit of everything.
Thanks to the interwebs, I also met plenty of interesting people and got involved (as far as I do) with some great online communities.
I even managed to make good on my one and only New Year's resolution, which was to get in more gaming. Although my miniature modelling and painting endeavours were still pretty slow going (more like stagnant, actually), I was pretty content with how everything was going.
At that point, my head was just exploding with ideas and I was creating more artwork than ever before. I filled at least a sheet a day in one of my many doodle books. Hence the title of this post.
Things got even better when John Blanche (one of my biggest idols) started showing an interest in my work and encouraged me to approach Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight Games for some freelance work.
I can't divulge any details at this stage, but I've been working on some pretty exciting stuff for Fantasy Flight Games throughout the rest of the year.
Infant Greif I
Just when I thought things couldn't get much better, I went on my first proper holiday in three years!
Thanks to my wonderful partner Kathi and her seemingly limitless love, patience, and support (yes, she paid for my flight), I got to spend five absolutely fantastic weeks in Germany.
I caught the final week of the Landshuter Hochzeit (Wedding of Landshut, a reenactment of one of the biggest events of early Renaissance Germany), and got to spend some quality time with family and friends.
Upon my return to New Zealand, however, things slowly started to take a turn for the worse. Five weeks of not working had left a big dent in my bank balance. Over the first part of the year, I had also started to shift my focus more towards my artwork and away from graphic design work. With that came a huge paycut that I was to feel keenly over the coming month... and still am as I write this today.
Even though I had plenty of interesting projects on the go, I was constantly running at a loss. I've had money troubles for many years, but as Christmas drew ever nearer and things quieted down, it all began to look pretty bleak.
Soon enough, this situation started to take a toll on my (mental) health and, by the time Xmas rolled around, I felt thoroughly depressed about my life. I found it more and more difficult to motivate myself. Less and less work came in, mostly due to the holidays, and I just couldn't quite see a way forward anymore.
This carried on well into January 2014. Thankfully, as of a few days ago, I have finally managed to muster the energy to pull myself out of this hole. It was only possible thanks to the never-ending support of my amazing partner Kathi, my family, friends, clients, and all the fans and supporters of my work... as well as listening really loudly to old school Metallica and other high-energy music.
So, while my financial troubles are far from over, I have a far more positive outlook on life again. New work is starting to come in and at last I feel that I might make it through this mess after all.
Onwards and upwards, I say... and to all of you who had the patience to read all of this, I wish you a really awesome and successful new year 2014!