Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hyperborea: The Mystery at Port Greely

Pleased to announce (well, at least on this blog) the posting of North Wind Adventures Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea new Kickstsarter for "The Mystery at Port Greely", a Lovecraft inspired adventure written by +Jeff Talanian. Jeff brought me on board for some of the interiors and even requested to have Daisy Bingham do some coloring of "The Lobstermen of Port Greely" illustration. It turned out pretty sweet, in my humble opinion. 

Anyway, over the next few weeks I will be spotlighting several of my illustrations for the book here on my blog. Also, if you head over to the kickstarter you can pledge to pick up some original's of mine and Peter Mullen's. 

To start this off here is the color version of "The Lobstermen of Port Greely" 

The Lobstermen of Port Greely
Copyright Del Teigeler 2015

So I began this in the later parts of last year, and when Jeff saw it he thought that not only would it make a great full page (full bleed) interior black and white illustration, but he wanted it on the back cover of the book as well. When he suggested Daisy Bingham, I was delighted. I have seen her work on the previous Hyperborea Kickstarters, and was very impressed with what she did. To have her color one of mine, was pretty awesome to see the final image from her. 

I wanted to capture the view of these guys as if the viewer were on a ship coming into the port of Greely. Ships, and boats do not typically harbor here and the looks on these hybrid-fish-men tell the tale that strangers are not wanted in Port Greely.

I drew the foreground character first, and loved the way he was looking back over his shoulder. Daisy really did a marvelous job of coloring in the lobsters in the lobster pot over his shoulder. 

The frog in the foreground and the rope were last minute additions as I felt that there needed to be some details in that area. In the black and white versions it was hard to tell the moss from the bricks, and the stones from the roadway, but with Daisy's colors those areas really pop. 

The mist/smoke swirls were sort of an after thought to the whole piece. I needed something to set the mood of the illo, and I think it did its job, but I probably could have portrayed it better. 

I really like the over feel that the colored version gives us, that muted dingy feel of the setting, and the grittiness of the background really stands out. 

Thanks for looking, stay tuned for more interior pieces for this project, and check out the kickstarter that funded within the first 10 hours of posting. Get your pledges in quick the 300 copies will not last long. 

Thanks for looking, comments always welcome.