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#841 Postby Snate56 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:03 pm

Woo! Arnim Zola's granddaughter?
Those are really cool!



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#842 Postby Storn » Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:55 am

Snate56 wrote:Woo! Arnim Zola's granddaughter?
Those are really cool!



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Thank you SteveN. I guess on the Hero boards, they were discussing a bride of Armin Zola that looks somewhat similar, but I didn't even know that she existed.

Robert, of the Do Not Approach-- Mutants and Masterminds villain gallery kickstart, wrote me with a correction. The link in the previous post was to an older kickstart, here is the link to the correct one: http://kck.st/TlXrpB. I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.

Here is a fresh off the tablet commission, the first of 7, involving vampire hunters and their prey.

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#843 Postby Storn » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:00 pm

First up, a couple more of the Vampire Hunters club. I will have more details, as in a link, when that becomes available from the client.


Joe. Vampire Hunter
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Sister Howley. Vampire Hunter
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Then here are two more from Death Tribble. A shooter and a Virgin airlines air stewardess with super powers. The model used for the Virgin airlines gal is the same model that DT ask me to use for one of our very first collaborations, Brittania.


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Virgin Air Stewardess super heroine
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#844 Postby Storn » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:09 pm

Here are a couple of fantasy pics. Trying to get a tad more movement and action into these character concept shots. It isn't always appropriate, due to the tone or personality of the character... but I try to remember to do action occasionally instead of just a pose where possible. Let y'all be the judges... enjoy!

I've done Wilson down there twice before. He has been upgraded with mystical armor, as per the patron's request.

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And to make this guy's 2 handed warhammer a bit on the large side. I aim to please. Should I have pushed it even further? To, say, some anime or online MMO stylings of large hammers? I still shirk towards the realm of "somewhat believable . Again, y'all be the judges!

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#845 Postby VonDan » Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:59 pm

Look at the fur trim on Mr Hammers jacket, I can just smell the dust and rancid lanolin

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#846 Postby Snate56 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:44 pm

Virgin Air Stewardess? That's getting a tad personal, isn't it?




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#847 Postby Cryonic » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:49 pm

Snate56 wrote:Virgin Air Stewardess? That's getting a tad personal, isn't it?


How is that a tad personal? She works for Virgin Air and is a superhero...

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#848 Postby Snate56 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:14 pm

:lol:
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#849 Postby VonDan » Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:32 pm

Now sketch the Stewardess for Virgin Galactic Space Lines and the Cyborg Branson

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#850 Postby Storn » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:06 am

VonDan wrote:Look at the fur trim on Mr Hammers jacket, I can just smell the dust and rancid lanolin


Awesome! What a nice comment :)

..on what I can share these days. I've got a big project on my table for a movie. NDAs are in place, so I can only talk about it in limited fashion. But I'm doing sorta mini-matte paintings for a fantasy movie that the actors are going to be in front of. It is really cool, hard and fun.

In between approvals and fixes... I will still do my private commissions, but I might not be getting quite as many of them done as before. But here is one, just done for Death Tribble.

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#851 Postby Storn » Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:13 pm

Tattoos, Metal and Vampiric Drow Hunters

Got three to share today. First up is Vesper, a rogue trader captain commission. I cannot take credit for her t-shirt logo. That was created by my good friend and neighbor, Pete, for his band, Ire Clad. The patron asked for perhaps a skull logo for the t-shirt and Pete had just sent me the latest design for Ire Clad's t-shirts and I went "ding!". So, I have permission to use the Ire Clad logo and name. And if anyone is so inclined, here are links to their sites:
https://www.facebook.com/ireclad
http://www.reverbnation.com/ireclad

Also, Vesper down there is an experiment. I just got Manga Studio 5 (love the perspective rules btw!) and I wanted to see if I could draw from scratch, 100% digital, in Manga Studio 5. I could! Made a mistake though. I set the dpi for 600, my favored resolution to work at. But since the program was new to me, that made my 8" high paper into about 1" high. And I merrily went along, drawing and painting. When I brought it into Photoshop, my mistake became apparent. Oooops. So I had to redraw a lot of it, using both Manga Studio 5 an Photoshop. The tattoos were done in PS. So, digital art jockies out there, heed my words and don't make the same mistake. Make sure not only to check the dpi, but the size in Manga Studio.

And now, for Vesper:
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Next, I have a patron who is having me do a whole slew of fantasy pics, you've seen some of his commissions prior. He likes having individual shots, and then some kind of group shot. So expect more from him, I will be doing these through the spring and into summer in between the big movie job.

These two are vampiric Drow hunters. Sounds like a pretty formidable duo.

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#852 Postby Storn » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:07 pm

So, the series of modern vampires and their prey and hunters I've been doing are for a collection of characters for a novel by Paul Leone.

Here is Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Mysterious-Vatica ... B00BRIENTS

And here is the link to his website with cool notes and background stuff: http://paul-leone.com/miscellany/

And here is another one of the above mentioned characters, fresh off the Storn Art table.
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Next up is a "post-modern" superhero...
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And then we have fantasy duo versions of Caliban and Prospero
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#853 Postby Storn » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:14 am

Got three femme fatales for ya! The first is another Death Tribble special, I called her Jewel, we didn’t really come up with a codename besides that.


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Next we have two ladies who are for an author’s upcoming fantasy novel. I don’t know much about it, just got a request to doodle up his creations based on his descriptions. When he gets his work up and out, I will certainly share it with y’all.

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Zaama
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#854 Postby CitizenKeen » Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:40 am

You know, Storn, migrating from HERO to Savage Worlds, seeing your art here on these forums is... comforting. Thanks for the resources!

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#855 Postby Storn » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:02 pm

CitizenKeen wrote:You know, Storn, migrating from HERO to Savage Worlds, seeing your art here on these forums is... comforting. Thanks for the resources!


Aww....


First off, lets get the marketing/business thing out of the way first. Its been some time, but I just released another clipart Portfolio from LPJ Designs, the 24th! And this is a big one, 8 pics of art!!! I really appreciate all the commissions that I get, to continue to be able to provide this reasonable priced art for indie and small publishers. So thank you all who give me your character concepts to bring to visual life.

The link to the the portfolio is here: http://lpjdesign.rpgnow.com/product/113 ... Storn-Cook
and remember, you can preview the entire portfolio (or any of them) before buying, so you know exactly what you are getting.

Next up, Paul C. has me take concepts I've already illustrated, from his games, and put them into actual scenes. It is a ton of fun and Paul's descriptions are excellent and I think I've really gotten better at painting from the practice.

First up, Vampire and Tiefling vs. Dryder. This is my first all-acrylic pic I've painted in quite some time. I use acrylic often as an under painting, but after talking to fellow artists, Jeff Szuc and Steve Ellis, I decided to use clear matte medium as my glazing medium, instead of water. I tend to like to sneak up on color with glazes and tints. With water, I always got this kinda blotchy glazes and tints and wasn't happy with it. With matte medium, I got a nice even distribution and it handled like oil paint. Score!!!

And I decided to not really go for a cover format, allowing myself to use all the space, especially at the top for action.
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Commissions are my experiment time. And this next one was a real experiment for me. I did the WHOLE thing digital. Now, I tend to do somewhat tight pencils for paintings. Here are the pencils for VnT vs D above.
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V n T vs D sketch
Then I went in on that and did a fairly tight underpainting. But here is my digital sketch, which, was made possible by my cintiq and Manga Studio 5 made the perspective stuff really quick. So, really sketchy and loose. Paul asked for a stone golem, which I slipped sideways in concept to a stone marble golem.
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This painting is "designed" to be a cover, even though there is no actual product for it to be on. But after the Dryder painting, I didn't want to get lazy in thinking about that.


And here is the finish. I really like Manga Studio 5 more and more. I used it for about 70% of this digital piece, bouncing to Painter and Photoshop for specific functions. Manga Studio's pencil and oil tools are few, but I really dig their them. And the blending tool is as good as Painters, which I love...and far superior to Photoshop's.
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So. There you have it. A peek behind some recent experiments. And by the way, these are both available as prints at: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/stor ... 5803&page=
Also, if there are any publishers who want 1st print rights at a reasonable rate for either (or both), drop me a line at storn.cook@gmail.com. These won't ever be in a clipart portfolio, as too much time went into them as well as the specificity of their narrative.
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#856 Postby Storn » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:13 am

Long Hiatus

I've been very busy this summer, some of it not art related, some of it was. Went on a very nice vacation to Salem, Oregon with my wife to visit her daughter. Had a wonderful time.

Came back to Grassroots here in Ithaca (Trumansburg), NY, 4 days of bands from around the globe. Just 4 miles from our house. Unfortunately, Millie, my wife, got some kind of allergic reaction to something and we ended up waiting in a lot of medical waiting rooms. She is fine now. We are not quite sure what triggered it.

And I've been working on doing "plates" (re: backgrounds) for a movie... off and on. Which was really fun and difficult. Lots of new terminology to learn, lots of hard mental thinking trying to marry the actors in front of the green screen to the creators vision of what the background was supposed to be. Really neat job. I hope to share some of that soon.

Right now, I have 3 Legend of the 5 rings card art on my table and I'm pleased with how they are coming out. I'm doing 2 traditionally (combo of acrylic underpaint, oil finishes) and 1 digitally. But all three start out as pencil drawings.

Commissions really took a back seat while doing the movie job. But I've gotten a couple done recently for Death Tribble, both anthromorphics. One, of course, is a bit of a pun... courtesy of DT. I do love a bad pun! Presenting Hippochondria. Zebra was kinda interesting, because the description pushed him towards "Brick" archetype instead of the speedster like archetype. I love going against type. Check 'em out!

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#857 Postby paladintodd » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:53 am

Here's my contribution to the Storn art collection. This was more than 15 years ago, when I was playing Hero stuff, and I got Storn to do the logo for my company - Paladin Programming. This was so long ago that Storn actually mailed me the art between two pieces of cardboard, no email back then:

Paladin Logo

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#858 Postby chadhale » Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:54 pm

Wow...
there are people who charge money for this ya know...
I consider it rather bold and selfless of you to share your talent with us. I wish I had a similar talent that I could contribute with!

Wait, I do! Give me a few days and my bestiary will be posted with stuff I had commissioned a long time ago artwork by Ben Dunn and Fred Perry of Antartic press comics!


Be sure to check the HOMEBREW section this SATURDAY!

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#859 Postby Storn » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:30 pm

chadhale wrote:Wow...
there are people who charge money for this ya know...
I consider it rather bold and selfless of you to share your talent with us. I wish I had a similar talent that I could contribute with!

Wait, I do! Give me a few days and my bestiary will be posted with stuff I had commissioned a long time ago artwork by Ben Dunn and Fred Perry of Antartic press comics!


Be sure to check the HOMEBREW section this SATURDAY!


What I put up is for private consumption only. For GMs and players to incorporate into their games, if my stuff fits their vision.

I DO charge money for this stuff. For most of it. Sometimes, I draw something for my own games. What I post is NOT for publication for anyone, just the clients who've paid me.

Now, lots of the private commissions and my own doodles DO get bundled into clip art collections over at LPJ Designs. Those are for sale and are very reasonable. Here: http://www.rpgnow.com/index.php?keyword ... from=&pto=

Anything that is lifted off of these forums is going to be 72 dpi, not very good quality. The LPJ Design portfolios are 300 dpi and are good enough to get printed.

But glad you like it, Chad. And it pays off...when I post up artwork, I often get more business, so I look at as not only giving back to the hobby I love, but I get advertising as well.
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#860 Postby Clint » Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:27 pm

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Can't explain it, but this guy just rocks! I want to play Stripes McPunchalot!
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