|If I've learned something from this picture it's that line-work is like a
fine Pinot Noir, it's subtle, it's full of life and energy, it hides
and suggests, and too much of it gives you a headache...well, when
you're the one making the picture anyway. The image, though, is finally
done and I'm quite pleased with it. It's from the first pages of Michael
J. Sullivan's "Riyria Revelations" when our heros, Hadrian Blackwater
and Royce Melborn, master thieves, are held up by a group of...thieves.
No more spoilers than that for anyone who hasn't read it, which is
unfortunately a large number. If you haven't, read it! By the way, I
have promised myself no more trees for a while...however I do have quite
the habit of breaking promises and self-torture...|
Any comments and criticisms are, of course, welcome.
Pen and ink on Bristol Board
This illustration is inspired by a small event in a book called "The Crown Conspiracy", part of a book series called "The Riyria Revelations" by Michael J. Sullivan. If you haven't heard of it it's about two thieves in a medieval style world accidentally getting caught up in a bid to create a new world empire. It's good fun, so I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a good adventure to read. Anyway, this started as a doodle to try to nail one of the main characters, Hadrian Blackwater, but I was having a lot of fun with the barmaid so I just kept going. What can I say, I have a thing for busty, size twelve barmaids...just ask my fiance'. More illustrations from this book to come and any comments welcome!
Pen and Ink on Paper