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    Hi folks. Hope you don't mind some self promotion here.

    Trying to figure out a few things as I go along. I'm trying out an experiment with selling originals over the internet. I've got hundreds of sketches and inked drawings kicking around... and I sell some of them at conventions. But they do take up space and if they can find loving homes, and I can make a few bucks... that would be icing on cake!!!

    So bear with me as I throw up the occasional older piece to see what will sell and what won't. If you have an suggestions of what you would like to see for sale from art I've put up in the past, don't be shy and shoot me a comment or email.

    So, today, I'm putting up this fine inked drawing that I just did a few days ago for sale over at my Fine Art site. Site is here: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/storn-cook.html

    The art is this one, you will recognize from the color version I just put up recently. It is a brush ink drawing done on sketch paper. Nuthin' fancy.

    Storn Art's thread

    Also, while I'm being all self-promote-y, LPJ design just posted another one of my portfolios up. This time fantasy, containing some older stuff as well as some of the recent fantasy pics I've put up here. So, if you want good print quality images, instead of the 72 dpi guys you swipe here, check it out:

    http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.p...ducts_id=99389

    And a NEW pic certainly destined to be in a future fantasy portfolio is right here. Don't say I ain't givin' y'all sumthin' new to ponder! <g>

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    Nice work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lafferty View Post
    Nice work!
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    Thanks!!

    So, a couple of nights ago, I had insomnia. I have insomnia quite a bit, I'm afraid. And I'm not even a night person. Nope, I'm of the dreaded few, a morning person. Often, it is good things that keep me awake... like musing on art.

    I will turn and toss a piece of art around in my mind, bringing in colors and design elements, switching camera angle and thinking about setting and mediums. Inspiration can really keep me up nights.

    The other day, I got a facebook message from Matt Forbeck, a great game designer and all around cool guy, about his new Kickstart project called Shotguns and Sorcery. Stupidly, I didn't go the project website or do any research. I was going to do that the next day as when I read the message, I was almost done for the working day. So. I went to bed with Matt's Shotguns and Sorcery title kicking around in my noggin and awoke at 3 in the morning.

    And I came up with an image, the sketch below, which I thought was kinda cool. I manage to fall asleep for a bit, waking again at 7ish and went straight to the drawing board to jot down what I had worked out in my mind. I quickly scanned it in, jotted a few notes in photoshop and sent it to Matt. Problem is, it is TOTALLY wrong for Shotguns and Sorcery. Shotguns and Sorcery isn't a western-fantasy mash up, it is a Noir-Fantasy mashup. I should have read the site. But still, I like the sketch. Glad I did it. Maybe somewhere down the road a project might find a place for it to live.

    And I thought y'all might like to see a quickie preliminary cover idea sketched out, along with how I think about stuff written in the margins. And get a chuckle out of my knuckle headedness.

    Here is a link to Matt Forbeck's project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...sorcery-novels

    And here is my erroneous sketch:

    Storn Art's thread

    Also, on a different tact, another superhero (or villain, not sure, didn't get that distinction in the art direction) for long time patron Death Tribble. Pencils were done over a couple of our "working lunches". Ethan Young and Steve Ellis are both local artists who've I've been hanging out with quite a bit. I did working lunch in quotations because, 1) we go a lot longer than lunch, 4-5 hours. 2) We actually get a lot done. It is almost like working in an old 30s-40s studio situation. So nice to have another couple of eyes looking at your work. The camaraderie is really nice and keeps one motivated. And we learn a lot from each other. I think we will be doing a lot more of it in the future.

    Now, I just have to finish the 4-6 sketches that need to go to finishes!

    Here is Supersuit:

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    See y'all in a few!
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    First up, we have an "indiana jones" like bard. That was in the art brief. I'll let y'all decide if I succeeded.

    Storn Art's thread

    Next up, we have Skip. Skip is single. He is a Mind Flayer (or Illithid among his own kind). He likes walks on the beach during sunny dawns. He loves puppies. He has a steady job as a top notch barber. He plays whist. And Ladies, he is a budding top notch amateur gourmet french cook.

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    yup. another death tribble production!! <g>
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    Yup. I'm involved in another Kickstarter project. And folks, I really hope this one gets off the ground, because I really, really want to do the "old school" dungeon module cover for it. I worked up a bit of art for the interior, "The Beast", hopefully to drum up some support for JB Mannon and At The Table games.

    Here is the blurb that At The Table provided me:

    Within the Devil's Reach is a group of three adventures all set in the backwater town of Devil's Reach. The town was already about as close to hell as you could get but things are getting worse. All three adventures are great intro adventures for the Dungeon World Roleplaying Game. Dungeon World is a light weight game that is focused on delivering an old school, dungeon crawl experience.

    Now I haven't had the opportunity to play Dungeon World, but it gets great buzz from Story Games. More importantly to me, my good friend Judd, has really enjoyed running it. From what I can tell, it is D&D old school, but lighter and tightly integrated mechanics with a lot of flavor for each "class" you play. Kinda the best of "old school" combined with "new school" game design. Dungeon World is reasonably priced too, although only available at the moment as a pdf, print is coming out this Gencon.

    Here is a link to the kickstarter from At The Table: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...tures?ref=card

    Here is a link to Dungeon World itself: http://www.dungeon-world.com/

    And here is my teaser art, "The Beast". I haven't inked in some time for a project that is to remain black and white. I ink all the time for my "superhero style", so it was fun to go back to an old friend and ink this up as a piece of black and white artwork.

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    It is odd how sometimes character concepts and commissions seem to run in similar thematics. I remember getting a few years ago, 3 speedster archtypes in a month. While 2 is not quite a trend, they did sorta tumble into my to do queue at the same time.

    First up, we have a samurai for Death Tribble that called for a pretty straight forward treatment in the concept description.

    Storn Art's thread

    Next, we have a character from a Legends of the Five Rings campaign. A monk who started out in the Spider Clan, became disillusioned, and went over to the Phoenix clan. But the white swash is symbolic of Takijiro being of two worlds. (Very similar to my own Tsuntake PC who was of Dragon Clan, but his mom was Unicorn and she died saving a lot of face for the Dragon, so Tsuntake was raised knowing he would go serve Shinjo Shoji of the Unicorn...also a young man of two worlds.)

    Storn Art's thread

    Lastly, for today, I've got another one done for Inkwell's Monster Project kickstart. This time, I got to do a White Dragon. Dragons are tough. So many artists before me have done Dragons, hard to bring your own stamp on it. I think it is informative to show my mistakes and missteps. The first draft of this was rejected by Inkwell and rightly so...although when I had done it, I was too close to it and thought it was fine. I was rather happy with it. But after it's rejection, I started to see its flaws and a talk with my wife about it really cemented that it, well, sucked... and that I needed to do better. So here is the first sketch:

    Storn Art's thread

    And here is what a good art director, a good wife, a couple of tossed away sketches, and drawing with chums at a coffee shop can accomplish. In my opinion, so much better. Joe over at Inkwell deserves a lion share of the credit for pointing out a much better wing attach to body arrangement. I also wanted to say that I really enjoy working in light colors sometimes. It is fun to do almost watercolor over pencils digitally.

    Storn Art's thread

    Let me know what y'all think...

    And here is the link to Inkwell's Monster Project kickstart in case anyone missed it before and are interested: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...ster-stock-art
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    What's up man?

    I like the dragon you did, but that ink form yesterday totally caught my eye.

    Good work man. Kick ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quigleyer View Post
    What's up man?

    I like the dragon you did, but that ink form yesterday totally caught my eye.

    Good work man. Kick ass.
    Thank you very much!!! I appreciate you taking the time and writing. I was really excited to do the ink piece since I hadn't done any inking for its own sake in awhile. It was like coming home to a warm fire. I don't want to ink all the time... but it sure is fun to do it on giant monster thingees.

    Two commissions, but first I wanted to let folks know that 6 supers are up in the latest portfoilo from moi and LPJ designs. So. If you are looking for superheroes (or villains) clipart that is print quality and reasonably priced, look NO further. Well.... look further by clicking on the link provided. This, by the way, is my 15th!!!! portfolio. So thanks to all the patrons who keep my drawing their characters and cranking away.

    Here is the link: http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.p...ucts_id=100228

    This commission has been done for awhile and goes with the fantasy group that I've posted earlier. But I simply forgot to stuff it onto my photobucket so I could link it here and show it off. I like this one, I felt that young mage as gunfighter was kinda fun concept to play off.

    Storn Art's thread

    Next is another for patron unstoppable, Death Tribble and it is request for a cheongsam wearing korean (beautiful) martial artist. This was a fun one to do because I was breaking in a new brush pen from Pentel that I picked up that day. To be honest, the paper was bleeding just slightly and I spent a bit more time doing clean up than I liked. But the brush itself, the Pentel GFKp rocked for doing the inking. I usually ink with winter sable kolinkskys from Weber, dipping it in india ink (or sometimes using dip pens too, depends on my mood). But the GFKp (I have no idea what the initials stand for) is a nice portable inking tool.

    And since I was working at one of our Thursday coffee shop work sessions, I bought the Pentel GFKp (not easy to type that) at our brand new awesome art store that happens to be right NEXT door to the coffee shop! How cool is that? Well, y'all out there in internet land probably don't care... but I think it is very cool. Went in for a new kneaded eraser and came out with a very cool new tool. By far the best mechanical brush pen I've used.

    Anyway, that was waaay too long discussion about my passion over art supplies. Here is the art and I will shut up. Enjoy!

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    Things have been really, really busy here at Studio Storn. I just spent a wonderful extended weekend in Ohio and Michigan. My step-grandfather passed at 89 in Dayton and he had a wonderful life and a wonderful family. I love 'em to pieces. So, please, no condolences. So, we passed through my old haunts in Michigan on the way to the memorial. Had a wonderful time with Eric, Rick and Neil, my old gaming buds. Had an awesome time at the memorial seeing family I haven't seen in decades. It was a very happy time!

    And oddly, the best service in Ann Arbor ever! Way better than when I actually lived there. Kudos to Zingermans and Red Tractor BBQ. Just the nicest folks working there. Millie, my wife, loved Ann Arbor.

    Getting back to the studio has been really busy with my NDA project and wrapping up other projects. So I have not been posting anything. I've got a couple of things to lay on ya.

    First. I don't do many logos... but Darren Watts, formerly of Hero Games, asked me to do this one, because I've done Apes for him before. He is starting up a publishing company called Silverback Press. Here is a link to Silverback's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SilverbackPress

    And here is the logo:
    Storn Art's thread

    Next up is a private commission I of a character I believe is in a 7th Sea/ Legends of 5 Rings game.... so I went sorta fantasy-ish in that direction.
    Storn Art's thread

    Lastly. Another LPJ Portfolio of my clip art work has come out. This one is fantasy, some pics are much more fully illustrated than the single figure, no background thing. A preview is available here: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/100689...%3A-Storn-Cook

    So. Yeah. Posting from me is going to slow down a bit, as I won't have tons of new art to show as I work on the new NDA project. Millie's daughter has moved in with us, she will be going to school at Tompkins Cortland Community College for free, where Millie is a professor. And we might have to seek a bigger house. I so love moving.

    I know that I have one painting that has been done for a couple of weeks, just waiting on the client to get his ducks in a row, so I can give him some free guerrilla marketing. And I will hopefully get some of the smaller commissions out here and there as we go along. Check back in a few days!
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    Storn Art's threadI got a chance to do a druid with red pandas. Not sure if they are her "familiars" or just something she has come across.

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    *phew* It has been awhile since I've posted anything. I've been doing my art and I've had things to post, but I've been trying to put to bed the first 8 pages of the comic I'm doing for Time Tribe.

    Why I am bringing this up, is because Time Tribe has just launched their kickstarter looking for some funding. Here is the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...adventure-game

    But just to give you some background, Time Tribe is a video game. I'm doing some artwork for the in-game comic book, where pages will be unlocked as the player proceeds through the game. It is a game aimed at kids and teaching them history as the 4 young kid protagonists have the ability to travel through time to visit various eras. I could tell you more but the link will be a lot more clear and succinct than my poor writing skills.

    Luckily, I have other skills. Like drawing. And my clients have given me permission to put up 2 pieces of artwork. Actually, I will be putting up 3, as 2 images are of the same thing... the gift shop. The first sketch I did was not the right angle and when I got a map of the actual mansion where the kids live and explore helped tremendously, so I wanted to show my evolution to the 2nd one. They really needed a ground floor view for the video game in-scene. Unfortunately, I never finished the gift shop as I had to move onto painting some NPCs and get started on the comic pages.
    Storn Art's thread

    Storn Art's thread

    And here is an example of the digital color over pencils style I'm using for the comic pages. This happens to be page 13 (we are doing them out of order because certain pages are needed in-game more dearly than others).

    Storn Art's thread

    So. There you have it. A taste of what has been consuming much of my time over the last month or so. Hope you are intrigued. If you have kids, really consider backing Time Tribes... I think it is an awesome way to spark some interest in history.
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    The comic project for Time Tribe took quite a bit of time. Then I took some time off for mini-vacation and then launched into an oil painting for a cover that I will share here in a mo'.

    So I've been terrible about posting and showing artwork, partly, because I didn't have much I could show. Now that Time Tribe is in the can, I can share a finished page with y'all. And the cover of When In Rome written by Kate Jackman.

    I have another oil painting that is almost done of a group of D&D characters in a group shot... already created in my single figure pics an posted here.

    After that, it is back to chipping away at my backlog of character commissions and trying to catch up.

    So, here is page 17 of Time Tribes with the "money shot" of the kids running off towards adventure!

    Storn Art's thread

    And here is the cover to the upcoming novel "When in Rome"...which from what I've gathered is actually the name of the main character. And it is a sci fi novel, despite most of the trappings being more renaissance.

    Storn Art's thread

    So. I will try to get art and posts up more frequently now. I never really went away, I've just been very busy.
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    I have been working on this oil painting off and on for quite some time...having started it in the middle of the Time Tribes project, then having to rush a couple of other jobs in front of it and lastly, having appendicitis and going into the hospital suddenly. I am fine and recovering. Just played light tennis saturday night. I can resume swimming in the lake this coming Saturday. So, no worries. But it did enforce a serious art break.

    Past viewers might recognize this party as private commissions I did earlier in the year.
    Storn Art's thread


    Then, here is another concept from Death Tribble.. Eskimo Knell.
    Storn Art's thread


    And lastly, I've got an Elven archer (or aka Noldor in Prophesy of Pendor).
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    So, I got the chance to do some art for a very intriguing kickstart called Sixcess Core Rulebook. They've given me the approval to show some of the art and to do a wee bit of guerrilla marketing for them.

    The link will take you to the kickstarter, with a nice video, and there is a quick start pdf available too.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...-core-rulebook

    And here is some of the art that I did for them. First up, is a painted piece that was asked to be a "faux" Tarzan. We talked about how to make it a bit different than the Tarzan we know. Red hair was requested and that led me down a sorta viking cum jungle man character. And since the game is capable of multi-genre, it was asked to have a hodge podge of genre characters being stalked. The Harsh Realities crew asked specifically for the stalked characters, like Star trek wannabe and cowboy. I didn't make them up.

    Storn Art's thread

    Next up is a sorta Mexican-cowboy-shaman. The character illustrations were requested to be done in my digital color over line art. So, I complied. This was a really cool concept presented to me by the Harsh Realities crew. I think they have very solid imaginations, I got to draw some characters that were a bit different for me.... and that is really saying something, considering how many character concept illustrations I've done over the years.

    Storn Art's thread

    And here is the last one I'm gonna show (if ya wanna see more of my art, go support the kickstarter! <g>... my blatant attempt to always leave 'em wantin' more!). I really like Torque, as I came up with a bit of action to show off her post apocalyptic vibe. Of course, y'all are better judges than I. I'm always waaay to close to my artwork to really see what people like or don't like.

    Storn Art's thread



    p.s. I've also been involved in the preliminary stages of a kickstarter aimed at Mutants and Masterminds ruleset. Those folks are not quite ready to put up their kickstart, when they do, I will let y'all know about it!
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    I mentioned that I would let you know about another kickstarter, this time, aimed at making a bunch of villains for the superhero role playing game, Mutants and Masterminds.

    Okay. That was a bit of a run on sentence. But I'm leaving it. Because I'm amused. Sorry, that kind of day, as I'm knee deep in digital work for Legend of the Five Rings Collectable Card Game. Painting always leaves me a bit loopy.

    Anyway, Robert Grady, the man behind this Kickstarter, had me do one art piece as a sample. So, first, here is the link to the Kickstarter: http://kck.st/VkW0KQ

    And here be the art:
    Storn Art's thread


    Seems pretty interesting bad guys for a pretty awesome game. Check it out!
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