Rollplay: Nebula Jazz Poster

I started a huge write up explaining Twitch, how I ended up watching Twitch, what Rollplay is and more importantly what Rollplaly: Nebula Jazz is. Then I remembered, I hate typing up huge posts. And I hate reading large posts, when I really just want to see the pictures. So, if you are interested, go find out for yourself. It's called Google. It's your friend.

If you want to hear my "personal journey" (quotes mean sarcasm) with Twitch, buy me beer sometime. I'll tell you anything you want to know, and some you don't.

Just to be polite, I've added links at the bottom of the post if you want to know more about Twitch, Rollplay, or just Nebula Jazz.

So here are the initial sketches. Two typical poster ideas, and two somewhat inside joke ideas.

We decided on #2. I had to figure out the background and play with values.

background-sketches.jpg

The final drawing. Once again, I have gone back to doing my final drawings traditionally instead of on the computer. It just feels better, and it gets me away from the computer.

Nebula_Jazz_FinalDrawing

Then there is the quick and dirty block in.

nebulaJazz-grayscale

And on to the final. I used a vector program to create the background, so I could get clean lines, and it's just easier for me when it comes to that stuff. Also, I changed Aurora's (girl on the logo) legs, cause it just wasn't working for me. Plus there were other little tweaks as the process went on.

RollplayNebulaJazz_final

There you go. Go buy the poster. Because, who doesn't need a huge slime dude on their wall.

POSTER: teespring.com/RP_Nebula

Or if you want a poster signed by the Nebula Jazz cast, plus itmeJP, Aureylian and SirScoots 

check out Rollplay Patreon for a limited time offer.

Your twitch and rollplay rabbit hole links:

Itmejp's (creator of Rollplay) website: http://itmejp.com/

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/

Jp's Twitch: Twitch.TV/itmeJP

Youtube Archives: https://goo.gl/LPtT2k

Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting

This one was a bit crazy. Lots of characters, lots of scale, two dragons, etc.. And not a lot of time. Had to do a quick turnaround due to complications that I'm not privy to.

Thanks to Hal Mangold and Green Ronin Publishing for the opportunity.

The sketches were really rough. Thankfully Hal knew we were just getting things laid out and wasn't worried about it.

I've started to do my final drawings with those primitive tools called pencil & paper. I tend to enjoy it more, I take more care with the drawing, and it seems to yield better results for me.

Not to pull a "draw a circle, draw an owl", but there are plenty of step by step paintings out there. My method isn't much different. And I don't save all those steps. So we will jut go to the final.

A bit was added to the right and bottom for bleed. And I had to lose the horns in order to conform to D&D 5E dragons. (I really liked those horns)

Prints are available at my inprnt store 

Prints are available at my inprnt store 

And the final cover with all the dressings. They adjusted the color, contrast etc.. a bit. 

The update nobody asked for

I haven't been able to reveal a lot of work lately. I've had a project that I've been working on for over a year and a half. And it won't be released from NDA purgatory till somewhere around November. There are a few other smaller projects that are under the same restrictions for the time being.

So in an effort to actually use this blog, I'll catch you up on the last few months.

In November of last year, I moved from Richmond, VA back to my home state of Iowa. I love Richmond, but it had become very difficult to see my friends and family that still live in Iowa. I hadn't seen most of them for 5 or 6 years since I moved to Virginia. So here I am. That covers the personal info. Now on to the art.

First, lets talk about the art annuals. I was nominated for an award in the Expose 12 book from Ballistic Publishing. The image nominated is my cover for Rifts: Tomorrow Legion Players guide from Pinnacle Entertainment Group.

Rifts: Tomorrow Legion Player's Guide

It's an honor to be nominated. And the art that will be in that book looks amazing.  So click the link above and check out the book.

Another surprise was getting accepted into the Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual. I haven't submitted to Spectrum for a few years. There is no political reason or grudge. It just seems that some other expense comes up at the same time every year. This year it was replacing all the brakes on my old truck. I decided not to die in a fiery car accident instead of getting my work into an annual. So how did I get in? The lovely people at Monte Cook Games submit work from their projects for the artists every year. That is incredibly kind of them, and provided a wonderful surprise.

The painting was an interior image for Gods of the Fall.

Revels in Trickery - Monte Cook Games

I always struggle to make work for myself. I work quite a bit, and try to keep a somewhat balanced life. Meaning, I hang out with friends, play video games, watch movies, read, etc.. So my time is limited. 

I've been making an effort to fit some personal work into my daily schedule,  Hence a lot of movie drawings on my instagram. Along with figure drawings, and digital brush experiments.  Here are a few of those.

I've also been getting the itch for traditional media, to give me a break from staring at a computer screen all day. I love working with ink. I am incredibly rusty at it though.

Then there are the t-shirts. This is another effort to stretch my comfort zone a bit. I used to work in T-shirt shops for years. There is something I find attractive in the limitations that screen printing provides. Technology has changed quite a bit since then, and you can get just about anything on a shirt now, but I prefer to keep the limitations in place when I plan the shirts. It makes me come up with solutions I wouldn't typically think of. You can check them all out on my threadless shop.

I have done a few finished paintings. All of them were meant to try out different techniques than what I typically use in my paid commissions and more importantly, just have fun.

I've been upping my geek cred by watching people play roll playing games on Twitch tv. The series is Roll Play by itmejp. They play several different games in different RPG settings. The painting is of Carriless Firm (played by Geoff Robinson) from Rollplay:Blades. All characters play hired killers. It's a lot of fun to watch, or just listen to.

Carriless Firm

Carriless Firm

Also in the the Rollplay family of shows is Court of Swords. The gm Adam Koebel has a knack for killing off the party members. It gave me an entertaining idea for a painting.

Prints are HERE

Prints are HERE

The final painting started as a study of Gil Elvgren techniques. I've always been a huge fan of his brushwork. During this time, I was playing Fallout 3 (I'm way behind on video games). Anyway, the wonderful Moira Brown runs a shop in the game. She is such a unique and entertaining character. So...the Elvgren study turned into a Fallout 3 poster. 

Craterside Supply

And lastly, I did a podcast interview for boardgamecloset.com. The episode was focused on a few artists from the gaming world. My interview is somewhere in the middle, but just listen to the whole thing. It's a good show. http://boardgamecloset.com/episode-7-all-about-the-art/

That's it. You are all caught up. I think. 

 

 

 

 

New Tshirts

I'm so good at business, I forgot to post about my new t-shirts.

There are 3 designs right now. I'll slowly add some more as I come up with new ideas. You can get the designs on nearly everything. Shirts (of course), hoodies, tanks, pencil bags, and uhhh..shower curtains, blankets and several other things I never thought to put designs on, but Threadless did.

You can go here - aaronjriley.threadless.com

Deadlands: The Boneyard

The Boneyard by Seanan McGuire is the third installment of the Deadlands series of books from Tor publishing. The others being Ghostwalkers by Jonathan Maberry and Thunder Moon Rising by Jeffrey J. Mariotte

Here is the link to more on the book. The Boneyard

I've included the sketches. We changed directions after the first round of sketches to better reflect the Circus setting of the book. It definitely fits the book better, even though I liked the original sketches.

 

Bone-Sketches1.jpg
The Boneyard_Final-Aaron J Riley

Warhammer 40k Necrons

I had basically quit doing Warhammer cards. However, my AD that I had worked with for a couple years knew the one thing that would convince me to do some more. Necrons. I had been asking for them, the moment we had a relationship that I felt comfortable asking for stuff. And considering recent news that Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight have split, I guess I was in on one of the last sets of Warhammer 40k cards. 

Eldritch Lance
Vivesection
Illuminor Szeras

Gods of the Fall

Interior illustrations for Gods of the Fall by Monte Cook Games. You can read more about the game here

Divine Labor

Divine Labor

Revels in Trickery

Revels in Trickery

The book is really well done. Plus a big ass map.

Contributor Copy

Contributor Copy

Rifts Characters

Pinnacle Entertainment Group is doing a kickstarter for a new version of Rifts. I did a bunch of the characters for the Game. I've got some covers I did for them also, but I can't show those quite yet. Here are the characters individually and with the background for a GM screen (or something like that).

You can read more about the Kickstarter on the PEG website

Prints available again

I recently had a request for a print for one of my paintings. Which reminded me that I had gotten lazy with my fotomoto store. Which lead to the discovery that fotomoto didn't work since I updated my site.

So I had to find a new printer. I don't want to deal with printing out stuff, packaging and mailing. It's a hassle. Enter Inprnt. 

I set up a store with the few images I'm allowed to sell prints of. Unfortunately Star Wars isn't available as of now. I'll check with them about selling prints but I think I know the answer already.

So anyway, go buy a print.

http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/aaronjriley/