Here are the final paints for the Fabelwald Book II antagonists, named Sneaky (left) and Hungry (right).
They are a pair of Ogres who drifted down from the mountains, and became very interested in finding out what human children taste like…
Above are a bunch of sketches from a couple months ago when I was trying to design the main antagonists for Fabelwald Book II, “Dandle & Lion – The Ogre’s Lair”. In the series, “monsters” are corruptions of common animals/life forms. Ogres, according to their own folklore, are the product of the Dark goddess Orsho having taken the form of the giant Mother Bear, and devouring whole any dwarf warriors she came across. This made her pregnant, and she spawned the race of Ogres, who vary in appearance from dwarf-like to bear-like.
The characters seen above are of two different clans, the female “Sneaky” is of the mountain Tor Clan, and more resembles her dwarven ancestry. The male, “Hungry” is of the forest Bear Clan, and more resembles his bear ancestry (although others in his tribe are much more bear-like in appearance).
What I decided to do was give them big arms, stocky legs, and heavy set bodies to resemble bears. As far as the face goes, I made their ears rounded and sitting high on the skull, and gave them elongated snouts and close set, rounded eyes.
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Above you see a manga-styled cover for a free short story I have published on smashwords.com. The story takes place in the Fabelwald world, approximately thirty years before the events in ‘The Mythic Forest’ (available in print/ebook at amazon/apple/createspace/etc… search by title or by my name!)
The story serves to introduce you to one of the major supporting characters we will see in Fabelwald Book II, as well as a couple of new races/creatures. I have too many origin stories laying around, and as much as I’d like to get them into the main books, I’m afraid they would just distract from the main plot line. I remember reading Lord of the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring) and thinking ‘what’s up with all this Tom Bombadill crap?’ …. And I am no Tolkien, lol!
Here is a paint of one of the characters in The Mythic Forest.
Fremde the Strange, a self-exiled hermit, was once called Rikard when he lived among other humans. He is also called Stranseir by the Elves, and Prexnos by the Faeries… all names that translate as “the strange and curious one.”
He turned away from his own kind, fleeing what he saw as humanity’s ignorance and cruelty, and wound up living in the wild. There, he met an Elf, a forward thinker who set out to prove men were just as capable and deserving of magic as his own race, and who bound magic to Fremde via tattoos of spells and runes. These tattoos had the unintended effect of further ostracizing Fremde… the superstitious humans found him frightening, and the elitist Elves saw him as a fraud, a cheap parody of themselves.
It was the faery folk however, who knew his heart and chose him for an important task…
Attached you find a digital paint of one of the characters in my recently published fantasy novel, The Mythic Forest (Fabelwald Saga, Book I).
Boy, its been a while….
Where have I been the last 3 months?
Let’s see… in Feb. I had some water leaks in the basement, and my free time was eaten by cleaning, tossing damaged stuff, knocking holes in drywall to find the cracks, having them repaired…
March I went to Puerto Rico during spring break week with the wife and kids, it was very nice…
April was Easter stuff at work, doing some big yard work, etc
May, just taking it easy.
number of drawings made: ZERO
I did scribble once or twice, and worked on novel covers (one drawing is at perhaps 40% complete) the other is shown here, perhaps 95% complete (I want to redo her face and punch up the lighting).
What novels you ask?
Last year I toyed with writing a fantasy story to go along with a dozen or so drawings, and actually had a rough outline and perhaps 10 drawings completed or thumb nailed… well, that project sat on the shelf until I finally committed to doing something about it. I began writing months ago, and because I nit pick, looked at a chapter and thought ‘that needs some explaining’ so I wrote some more… and then that needed explaining, so I wrote some more.
Fast forward to today, the story has stretched to three books between 200 to 300 pages each. Needless to say I gave up on illustrating it! The first book will be perhaps 200 pages or so, introducing the “world” and the background of the parents of Dandle and Lion (the kids who are the subject of some earlier drawings posted, which my own kids modeled for). Book 2 will deal with their preteens, book 3 with their late teens, and then (hopefully) more illustrated works will lead into their adulthood (standard fantasy art).
I am pretty close to finishing the first book, I have maybe twenty pages I want to add at some parts that I have “yada-yada’d”… then its going thru the draft to punch up word choices, etc.
Its been quite an educational experience working on this, but I will go into the details in a later post…