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Death by infection – The Long Dark

Digital work. This poor soul has died of an infected wound she got from a wolf bite. She fought the wolf off but she didn’t have any antiseptic or antibiotics so it was just a matter of time when the wound became infected. Concept fan art for The Long Dark

Digital work.
This poor soul has died of an infected wound she got from a wolf bite. She fought the wolf off but she didn’t have any antiseptic or antibiotics so it was just a matter of time when the wound became infected.
Concept fan art for The Long Dark

This is fan/concept art for a game I’ve been playing, The Long Dark. This game takes place in winter in Canada after some sort of disaster. You’re the only one there( currently)and all you find are corpses. Or rather corpse. It’s the same guy everywhere. This is normal it’s alpha and either there will be more diversity later on or they need to save space for all the other things they have planned. I just had the urge to see what I would come up with. In this case an infection got the better of her, but wolves, dehydration, starvation, food poisoning, freezing, fatigue and plain old gravity are also options. Really, it’s fun. It’s been a very long time since I tried to do something along the same vein as a specific style( consciously anyway) and it’s fun challenging and sometimes hard 🙂 The overall colors and style are the same as in the game though the art in TLD is far more stylized than what I’ve done here. The long Dark is a brilliant game by Hinterland. It’s still in alpha and early access. It’s already a highly playable and enjoyable game so check it out if you like first person survival minus zombies but with a lot of wilderness and campfires. Some crafting, some shooting, lots of wandering and dying in a variety of ways. The full game is due in 2015 Right now the sandbox is available but there will also be a story line The Long Dark

Pose based on reference from Silentgod88

Sea lion salon

The colony – watercolour on paper. 21×21 cm.

A colony of sealion like creatures on a rocky beach. Two males are about to battle it out. Watercolour painting on paper.  21 by 21 cm.

With this painting I wanted to do some fantasy animals and since I’ve painted only paintings with one or two subjects in it lately I wanted to tackle a group for a change as well. I like sea lions ever since I was a child and I got sent a very smelly sea shell that had been sat on by a walrus/sea lion for my shell collection by my grandmother. Since they are pretty much always heaped together they’re great subjects for a group painting so the general direction was obvious to me.  However when I started sketching a few ideas I quickly found out that I didn’t really like the more outlandish things I could come up with so I just send them off to the hair salon and changed their coats. I had two good reference photos and even though I changed a lot the basic poses of the sea lions stayed the same and I didn’t have to guess where the shadows where supposed to be which helped heaps. Mostly happy with this one even though as usual there are a few things that I’m not too sure about. For instance I could have finished of certain areas with more details and a little sharper if I wanted to but I wasn’t too sure I could pull itoff in others and I decided to leave everything at the same level of (un)finishedness. Good decision/bad decision? Hmmm
Anyhoo, here’s one of the sketches I did.

Photo reference by Matthew Hull

Flint the Mugg


Meet my Mugg*!
This is Flint Fireforge a hill dwarf and a character from Dragonlance Dungeons and Dragons Here’s a bit of a bio
I decided on this here gentleman because he’s a dwarf and that is much easier to transfer on to a Mugg than say an elf. Flint in particular was interesting because it is mentioned that he likes carving toys.
The arm you can see on the right shows another idea I have of doing the same design but with a wood finish as if it is guess what, a wooden toy. Not sure which one I like best. The whole sketch is done in coloured pencils. I found it difficult to figure out the curve of the head and what would be visible from which angle to be on the safe side I put everything in the front view so if I do get to do a real one( as if!) I won’t come up with too much of a nasty surprise if it’s much flatter than I thought. With that in mind I didn’t get too detailed either because I can’t really judge how much detail is possible on these Muggsters. I didn’t add any extra bits and pieces because even though I thought it was pretty hard I did have fun trying to figure out how I would have to paint it to make it look convincing on all sides. It reminded me of tring to do anything decent with easter egg painting but without having the benefit of a head shaped egg handy.

Why am I doing this again?

I said briefly earlier that I wasn’t sure if I was going to submit anything but I’m glad I did and because of the detour I made I ended up not with one but with two nice looking pieces 🙂 Meet Flint number two:

 

*This is the painting I’ve been doing while thinking my way through Muggs. He’s not quite finished yet and there are some issues I’m not sure I will be able to fix( blasted hand and boots!) but in general I really like it and it helped for me to seperate finding out what kind of outfit I wanted and solving that more or less in here. I don’t think he looks very D&Dish though I went slightly in the direction of 4th edition thingies in the beard and stuff. I’m just not familiar enough with D&D imagery. I played it a few times but I never looked at the books much.

So there you have it Muggs!

What on earth is a Mugg? Mighty Muggs are a vinyl–plastic collectible toy series made by Hasbro. The toys resemble super deformed versions of characters from the following franchises: Star Wars, Marvel Comics, Indiana Jones, G.I. Joe, and Transformers. There is a line of smaller figures, called Mini Muggs, as well as blank Mighty Muggs for customization. A full length film is in development with Easy Films. The line has been commercially discontinued, but certain retailers receive exclusive ‘continuation’ lines, and Comic-Con International 2011 has an exclusive Avengers line.

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