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    Yurei Ghost pencil illustration

    So I was doing the layout for my soon to be published adventure: Curse of the Golden Spear: Part 1 - The Gift, and I had the sudden need for a half page illustration, preferrably of a yurei Japanese ghost, but I had nothing to fit (landscape space), so I decided to do it myself - it's too late to commission a proper illustration (2 weeks until release.)

    Of course the game setting is a Japan-inspired horror setting called Kaidan: a Japanese Ghost Story.

    This is all pencil, but I was drawing on 8.5 x 11 sheets and drew to large to fit everything, so I drew the hand-arms each and the main head torso as 3 different illustrations. I used Poser to position the hands the way I wanted for reference. Probably a half hour in sketching, scanned, then composited in Xara Xtreme Pro 4.

    Its simple, creepy and didn't cost me anything to fill the space.

    Yurei ghost of the innkeeper's wife, in the Haunted Ryokan (traveler's inn).

    GP

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    Yakuza Kyodai illustration

    I've been struggling for several days trying to come up with an effective way to show a Yakuza Kyodai (big brother) full body tattoo in an appropriate fashion. I finally came up with a design I can tolerate - something akin to my Yojimbo illustration above.

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    Map of Yonshu Island, the eastern side

    For the second adventure for my Kaidan: a Japanese Ghost Story setting, I needed a section of another map, a bit closer in depicting an area of Oniba Province. The concentric circles represent a distance of 5 miles away with each circle moving outward from the castle town of Tsue-jo. The adventures escort the delivery of a gift to Lord Hachiwara of Tsue-jo, but the item is cursed. Since the adventurers have born the item for over a week, the curse has been imprinted onto them. Each 5 miles distance they travel from Tsue-jo, their health is affected (loss of Constitution).

    Anyway, hand-drawn map, finished in Xara Xtreme Pro 4.

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    Garden Shrine

    Here's a location that is on the previous map called the Garden Shrine, being the closest location to the castle town of Tsue-jo. This is the location of a 3 part haunting.

    This is hand-drawn, digitally scanned then colors, bevels, drop shadows, labeling and compositing in Xara Xtreme Pro 4.

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    One Page Dungeon Contest Entry

    Last year I participated in the One Page Dungeon Contest, and the design was a favorite among the judges I missed on one piece of criteria and could not get a win (there are multiple winners in multiple categories - with prizes.)

    So this year, knowing what I left out the map - I didn't include monster name encounters in the map key.

    This year I'm entering again, and I don't intend to make the same mistake. I placed tiny inset illustrations in the key describing the area and monsters within - the illustrations serving to emphasize what the expected encounter is. Most of the map was completed in a single day, with 7 illustrations done on the next.

    The Emperor's Playground - the undead boy emperor of Kaidan was given by his (also undead) grandfather, the Shogun a demented playground dungeon beneath the imperial palace. Guests are invited to the audience of the emperor, but due to other duties must spend the night in an imperial guest house until the following day. Once asleep they are instantly teleported into an identical guest house located at the start of the dungeon. The dungeon features the boy emperor's favorite things to do and visit. If the guests survive the ordeal, they are showered with gifts by the 'young' emperor.

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    Ancestral Relics

    So I am creating a PDF game supplement called Ancestral Relics featuring a special category of powerful magic items for my Kaidan setting. My co-publisher wanted to find a stock art collection of Japanese objects, though he only needed five such objects for the mini-book. Knowing that while Japanese objects might seem easy to find, I would be surprised to find everything I needed from such a collection. I looked and didn't see much out there anyway.

    So I opted to create my own set of objects: a folding fan, flute, saddle, katana, kusarigama (kama chain weapon), noh theater mask, biwa mandolin and a kabuto war helmet. Only 8 objects, but the normal distribution of illustrations for this kind of book is 1 in 4 pages, though 8 is more like 1 in 2 pages. I'd rather have too many than not enough.

    Enjoy!

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    Been a while since I posted last, here's a map from this month's Mapping Challenge at the Cartographers Guild to fit a mountain theme.

    This is a Tengu village for use in my Kaidan setting.

    Enjoy!

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    Link to larger version: Akayama Tengu Village

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    Frozen Wind cover illustration

    Jonathan McAnulty, my writer and lead designer created a one-shot adventure (good for a 4 hour single session of play) created as a demo game and was ran by Jonathan at Origins - a gaming convention in Cleveland.

    I decided we needed a special Halloween promotion, and will be releasing one of the two demo games created, as a free PDF download (to get gamers interested in the setting - it will be chock full of ads at the end.)

    Frozen Wind is the name of the short adventure representing a monastery high in the mountain, where the adventurers are nearer than back home out of the mountains - a sudden winter storm is threatening the passage, so they must hurry to the monastery site for refuge...

    I created a map for it, several months ago.

    Since we're releasing this to the public, it needed some cover art, but being free product, we couldn't very well afford a cover illustrator. So being on a no money budget, I decided to give it a go myself. Since I created the map, I knew the terrain and what scene I wanted to depict of the adventure - the arrival at the Monastery, by a samurai, one of the adventurers.

    This illustration is not Photoshop, I used my preferred graphics application, Xara Xtreme Pro 4.0 (it's an old edition, but what I use.) This is a vector drawn illustration with color fills, some use of bevels, drop shadows, layered transparent shapes, edge feathering. This is not using my standard hand drawn style, as I sought a more painterly style.

    I used 3 photos for reference: a snowy mountain pass, a temple and a samurai from the back view (hard to find a photo of samurai from behind...).

    This is what I created - I like it! (Oh, I also did the page layout.)

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