Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AS&SH dinosaur sketching continues...

Work continues for the "Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess" by +Joe Salvador module published by +Jeff Talanian (North Wind Adventures) for his Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea game system and campaign setting. 

Without further ado, I present three more thumbnail sketches for my continuing work. 

The crazy looking Pegomastax, sort of a bird like reptile with tusks. 

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What sets this guy apart is the bird like beak with tusks. There are some great reference drawings of this guy, and I plan on inking him in like the rest in this series, maintaining a high level of detail and only slight grey-scale shading with Prismacolor markers. 

Up next is the speedy little Coelurus! I had fun with this one. 

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This guy is like a little sprinter, and so I wanted to show an extreme amount of movement in him, what better way to show this, than having him in a position that shows him changing direction rapidly. Perhaps he was pursuing some quick little prey, or maybe just chasing a potential mate. 

Regardless my aim was to capture the spirit of this little guy. I cannot wait to get to the inking. 

Finally, the mighty Allosaurus. 

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So, this guy took a bit more research, how do you illustrate the second most terrifying "giant lizard" in the dinosaur genus, behind the mighty Tyrannosaurus, without making him look like a T-Rex? Well, firstly you have to find the differences between the two, and I did extensive research, little did I know that the Allosaurus actually existed before the Rex, and was quite a bit smaller. They were fast, smart and deadly. Quite unlike the T-Rex, who wasn't known for his smarts, but sheer brutality. 

That is why I put him in a pose that suggests that he had to do a bit more sneaking up on prey, versus just chasing a smaller victim down, ripping the tar out of them and cleaning his dagger like teeth with the bones. Allosaurus had to be a bit smarter about his behavior. Faster, and more devious. 

I also wanted to thank +Joe Salvador +Jeff Talanian  and the rest of you who follow my work and provide me with feedback. Thanks again.

Thanks for looking, comments always welcome.