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#901 Postby gleepism » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:39 pm

Storn wrote:The below is one example of water color pencils (once drawn, you can add water and smear it around) with a bit of watercolor (just grays) on top of it. Then digitally colored. Louis over at LPJ even picked it to be the cover of this particular clip art collection.

It is a fun technique for me, something fresh, as opposed to just doing pencil, then digital...because it becomes a bit more about shape than just line.


I really like the water color pencil work. There's a wonderful almost-charcoal quality to it. Would you be willing to share what they look like before digital color is added?
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#902 Postby Storn » Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:52 am

This summer has been very busy. I’ve moved my parents from their farm of 37 years and a barn full of stuff, some of it mine. I’ve worked a longer than expected contract for a local company. I’ve moved my step daughter from DC back to upstate NY so she could go to school.

I’ve been doing artwork, but I’ve neglected to put anything up in awhile. Or post.

So, here are some things that I can show. First up is a follow up to my Wield cover. Not sure of what the follow up is going to be called (I’ve been calling in Wield 2, how original!)
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Next up is Endiku, a sumerian “monster” guy done up as more Hulk superhero-y mode.
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Here is the Marshal. I will have a follow up action scene with him to do a bit later this month.
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And lastly, a star trek character called Talon.
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#903 Postby Storn » Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:48 am

Wow. I have done 150 (and counting) commissions for uber patron Death Tribble. He asked me to do a vehicle of his Avatar logo (for those who haven't seen it, a ball of brown fur with cartoon eyes with an angry furrowed and flaming brow). I've been planning this one for a long time, knowing I was going to go a bit beyond that.... so Presenting! The Mighty Multi Morphin Death Tribble Mobile!!!!
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Death Tribble Mighty Multi Morphin Moblie.
And oh yeah, I've got a couple of Fading Suns commissions to show too!
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#904 Postby Storn » Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:50 am

double post, sorry
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#905 Postby chugosh » Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:38 am

That was so cool, you could post it three or four times.
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#906 Postby Storn » Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:00 am

I am probably a bit late in getting this posted, but I didn't know I was going to do this until the last minute. I'm doing the Big Draw event tomorrow (Sun, 10/26) with my friend Camilo at the Johnson Art Museum at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY! Here is the link to the Big Draw event for locations all over the world: http://www.thebigdraw.org/

So, if you are in the area, consider coming up the Johnson Art museum. There are a couple of AMAZING exhibits going on at the moment. A collection of Tawainese modern artworks, including a huge bas relief that evokes a new civilization... or maybe that is an old civilization. Anyway, Camilo and I will be serving as psuedo art directors for a class of Ithaca College students who are to interact with this bas relief and then do a blog/'zine that is rooted in the civilization the bas relief alludes to.

Also, a very, very cool exhibit on "Magic and Surrealism". Some very nice juxtapositioning of magic texts, surreal art, even early movies of prestidigitation.

Going to be a total blast.

Meanwhile, here is a private commission, thought I would show the underpainting for funsies. The underpainting is a combo of pencil, watercolor pencil, watercolor and acrylic. The actual painting is digital on top of that. And oh yeah, the mandate was for a fantasy version of a certain shield wielding avenger.

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#907 Postby Storn » Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:17 am

Last night was the grand opening of the temporary art gallery down on the Ithaca Commons as part of the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Fest. It was a hoot!!! Steve Ellis, the coordinator of the whole dang thing, put up a 12' canvas on the wall and a bunch of us threw some acrylic paint at it. I got pics to prove it!

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So. Top pic, from left to right Steve Ellis, Steve Walker, Fred Harper, Cesar (who's last name I don't know but he is awesome!) and Jen Lightfoot.

2nd pic, John Haeffner, Cesar and Jen.

Note for next year, prime that dang canvas!!!!

So. Today at the IIFFF gallery, there will be a whole gaggle of us artists doing life drawing from live models from 11 to 5 today. IF you are in the Ithaca area, want to hang out with a whole bunch of cool, weird, creative types, COME ON DOWN! Or. If you like horror films, man, IIFFF has some really great, unknown gems as well as a couple classics. Please check out the link:

http://ithacafilmfestival.com/

Meanwhile, let me drop some my art on ya! Both of these are private commissions and the tavern scene is available as part of my LPJ Design's Portfolio Single series .


Tavern Cheatin'
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Here is the link to stock art: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/139870/Im ... rs=0_0_0_0

The next one will be released soon as stock art, and I will let folks when that happens. And is another of the fantasy Cap America with the serial numbers filed off.

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#908 Postby Storn » Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:54 pm

So, I’ve been a bit more in the public with my art than usual. The 2nd day of the Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival Art Gallery events was a 2 live models posing for all of us artists. It was funny watching other artists sketch and the “table” talk was a hoot, as was the jockying for a better position to do our sketches <g>

The 2 Liz’s from Whiskey Tango Sideshow were awesome! They brought very cool costumes and props and a lot energy and fun to their posing. And yes! I wasn’t making up any costuming, that is what they were actually wearing. And yes, balancing sword on her head was held for the entire 10 min pose without a wobble. True pros!

Thought I would share some of my sketches done that day. Every sketch except the sitting pose with the scimitar on the shoulder was 10-20 min poses. The scimitar on the shoulder was a 40 min pose.

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Sitting Liz
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A few weeks ago, I talked about a doing some art at the Johnson Art Museum at Cornell University. This was a sketch I did then based on the “future civilization” of this massive instillation from China.

Future father
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#909 Postby Storn » Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:08 pm

Here are a couple of concepts I have done for Death Tribble.

We have Sea Slug and Ghost Train. I will let you guess which one is which.

I am pretty happy with how both of these turned out, there is something really fun with dealing with color in a very non-comic book way, ie, no real inked lines, but still reading as a comic book concept. The original of Sea Slug didn't have any inked lines, I actually came in AFTER the color and did those digitally with Manga Studio 5. About the only program I can even approach a decent ink job with. I have a really hard time inking with Photoshop or Painter, but Manga Studio 5 does the trick for me.

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#910 Postby Storn » Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:09 am

Back from the ashes of yesterday...

After years of hiatus, I will be in the Champions game (RDU: Red Dragon Universe) run by Neil C. again. We are putting the band back together, using Roll20, Skype and such, hopefully starting soon. We've been doing tons of emails back and forth.

I have been inspired to draw the characters, although I only have 3 done. I have to switch gears slightly to finish some interiors for Golden Age Champions.
The New Pioneers are a group brought together after a decade long alien invasion of our original game. My character, Hope, is actually the daughter of my first RDU character, Vector. Her red sleeve represent Mars, where she grew up and the blue one represent Earth. Her powers are strength, mini-brick from her grandfather, Ultraman and light powers from her grandmother, Lady White. She has some empathic abilities and strong mental defenses from her mom. I eschewed telekinesis, because I played her dad, Vector, for years. I've done pretty much everything I ever wanted to do with telekinesis over that time.

The Terran, played by Joe C, is a martial artist, with earth shaping abilities. Picked by the Gaea like force to heal the world. We haven't played yet, so I don't know all he can do.

Krys is a being of pure Crystaltech, given sentience during the long alien invasion. Crystaltech was a HUGE plot point for years in RDU. Played by Bill S. He has the ability to mimic almost any energy ability.

The campaign will be trying to rebuild Earth and reconnect it to the Mars colony. Mankind has been devastated, population is down to 1 billion souls. I am really looking forward to the next chapter of RDU.
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More to come, perhaps next week. I still have Myrk, Shocks and The Blue to still do. And oh yeah, I want to do a pic of our shuttle craft too.
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#911 Postby dentris » Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:22 pm

Welcome back Storn, it's been a while.
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#912 Postby Storn » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:04 am

dentris wrote:Welcome back Storn, it's been a while.


Yeah, I went 9-5 for work, and I still freelance but no where near as much. The good news is that after a couple years of no gaming, I'm in one face to face Dungeon World group (I'm GMing) and the Champions game mentioned above is on Roll20. So I'm excited about that. Thought I would start sharing a bit of the artwork that dribbles out of these things.
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#913 Postby Storn » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:11 pm

My character, Hope, grew up on Mars and has a passing familiarity with spaceships and various vehicles. I believe Myrk also has piloting as one of his skills. Neil, the GM, sent out an email describing our approach to the Spire using the STS-014m, built at the martian shipyards and is a space shuttle and VTOL. So damn… I had to draw that!

My sketch was done at lunch yesterday.. the prelim pencils were so quick, but I gotta love Clip Art Studio’s curve and straight line tools, much simpler than photoshops. This is not a finished piece of work, just a quick, mostly digital doodle. But it gets the concept across. Hope affectionately calls the ship, “The Stork”
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#914 Postby Storn » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:17 pm

I shared a couple of pics from my upcoming Champions game earlier. I’ve gotten a couple more done and now that is up as a Clip Art portfolio from LPJ Designs for publishers who might need some super hero art. You can preview all 5 pics before you purchase. And I have several fantasy and super hero clip art collections that might fit publishers needs in addition to the newest one.

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/202529/Im ... Storn-Cook?

Here are a couple of the pics that have not been posted yet that are in that collection.

We have The Blue, a Lemurian immortal mage, now coming out of seclusion to help rebuild the world. Played by Geoff. An extensive multipower of water based magics.

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And we have Myrk, a hybrid of two alien races, one of which looks quite huminoid, the Tresselaines. The published Herculon from Champions Enemies is a Tresselaine (I believe). He was on Earth during the 10 year Invasion War fighting for Earth. He is a brick with certain fungus and plant abilities like stretching due to vines and spikes. Played by Rick.

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#915 Postby Griffin » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:00 am

Great Stuff!

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#916 Postby Storn » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:45 am

Thanks Griffin.
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#917 Postby Storn » Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:59 pm

Here is a private commission I finished a few days ago. For a D&D game, hence potions and hand axes had to be incorporated somehow into the image. He wanted a somewhat action shot. Hope I succeeded. Coming to a clip art portfolio near your home town soon!

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#918 Postby Storn » Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:09 pm

This was a full page illustration that got away. In the sense that it is supposed to be an interior illustration. But the thumbnails that were more scaled to a interior didn’t suit the client. He wanted a sense of scale and wanted bad guys and good guys and pretty specific visuals on the good guys. This turned into full blown cover in its detail. Took me forever. I certainly lost money on this one.

But sometimes you have to take a bullet for the team. It is better to have a happy client than to finish something too fast.

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#919 Postby Deskepticon » Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:31 pm

I really like the sense of depth you get with the above drawing. You can let the eye wander to the ceiling, or the space beyond, but it always snaps back to the foreground. Good stuff!

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#920 Postby Storn » Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:37 am

Deskepticon wrote:I really like the sense of depth you get with the above drawing. You can let the eye wander to the ceiling, or the space beyond, but it always snaps back to the foreground. Good stuff!


Why, thank you. I spent some effort and time trying to balance out those very issues. I really appreciate someone picking up on that struggle! Thanks again for taking the time to look and to write.
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