Tales of Quahnarren: Buhldaag of the Northern Scourge

Buhldaag_The Northern Scourge

From the wild northern regions they came – determined men with empty hearts and pure uncontrolled fire in their hateful eyes. They flowed unhindered into the settled central areas of Quahnarren like a breaking wave eagerly seeking the shoreline, intent only on reaching its destination without hesitation or pause. Their tumultuous wailing attack cries struck a cold paralyzing fear into all peaceful inhabitants south of their homelands, and they created confusion and disharmony amongst normally calm men, who dishearteningly understood that they had neither the strength, nor will, to halt the plundering advancements of the accurately labeled Northern Scourge.

Their raids had quickly become more numerous, more murderous and increasingly uncontrollable. No longer content to just take what they desired, whole villages were now burned to the ground, simply in spite, for sport, and to feed a destructive longing. These men of immoral and vicious temperament were also acquiring a fondness for taking gruesome souvenirs, and reveled in the violence and chaotic mayhem created during their southern incursions.

Chief tormenter amongst them was their unscrupulous leader, Buhldaag – a fearless and driven character, who commanded a horde of easily fooled lesser men, deceitfully misled to serve his own egotistical madness.

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A new piece for my Tales of Quahnarren illustrated short story collection. This black & white character illustration was completed in Painter 12, using a smeary palette knife in a similar style to The Dreamer.

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The Indian Wars

The Indian Wars

Custom typography for The Indian Wars. The vector letterforms and composition were created in Illustrator, with the final textures and effects added in Photoshop. This was a design concept requiring a specific style of hand lettering that I’d had in mind for some time – happily the final outcome is still very close to my original idea, even though a number of changes were made during the design and construction process.

This piece was then used in my book cover design concept, along with an illustration of attacking Indians, which was also created in Photoshop (detail image below).

The Indian Wars book coverIndians!

A tee or two

Alice & Bowie tees

Flight & Player Won tees

Deathsticks & Moonshine tees

After completing my original Alice Cooper and David Bowie poster designs back in June and July, I was thinking of producing variations of those pieces for use on clothing. So, attached here are new tee shirt designs for both artists.

I then decided to continue the fun, and have also created a few more items featuring recent art that I believed would work well as shirt designs. Just in time for summer…

Tales of Quahnarren: The Battle of Velkonnen Plains

The Battle of Velkonnen Plains

These expansive grassed plains could not speak – however, they had their own violent tale of misery to tell any who would care to listen. Scattered across this recent battlefield lay the butchered remains of many men, their bodies destroyed by weapons fashioned for savage destruction, brutally wielded by murderous men possessing souls touched by an unfathomable darkness.

Reason, respect and any sense of justification departed in this theatre of war, by the hands of a callous and disreputable horde. Flesh ripped, bones were broken and crushed, and copious blood splattered and pooled over these plains. The air and earth had thundered with the tumultuous immensity of human slaughter and malicious intent, and billowing dust clouds, formed by the struggles of man and beast, had rapidly filtered the light from the bright midday sun.

An overwhelming and uneasy presence of death lingered and haunted this land, a location forever marked by a terrible and significant event, and the final quiet resting place for many souls.

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This is a newly created piece from my ongoing Tales of Quahnarren series of illustrated fantasy stories.

The written concept came firstly to me some time ago, and I had originally intended to show a much wider view featuring many visible human remains amongst the grass. But a chance viewing of an image showing a crow sitting on a soldiers helmet made me realize that a tighter focus would portray the scene in a more impactful way. This illustration came together relatively easily and completion time was somewhere around 15 hours. All the original painting for the vulture-like bird, skull and grasslands was completed in Corel Painter 12 using oil brushes, with final grass detailing and overall editing finalized in Adobe Photoshop CS5.