LEGENDS OF CEREDYN – General Aodhan of Bergen

I thought it would be nice to think up some characters and write down their backstories. Here goes the first one: The General of the High kingdom, Aodhan of Bergen.

General Aodhan of Bergen
General Aodhan of Bergen

With his towering height and broad shoulders, the General of the High Kingdom commands respect from friend and foe. Recruited during the 50 year civil war, he has served in the army since he was barely grown out of cubhood. He fought his way up the ranks displaying exceptional bravery and strength. Soon his name was feared among his enemies and praised by his commanding officers. Tinnagon Hargammar, the current King, granted him the rank of general for his loyalty and military achievements: it was thanks to his strategic insight that the final battle was won and the civil war brought to an end. He is not much of an politician and prefers wielding the sword on a battlefield over twisting words and devious rhetorics in Parliament. A commoner by birth, the nobility despises him as much as they fear him. His conflicts with the old nobel elite are often the reason for quarrels with the King. While he is ruthless and known for merciless deeds against his foes, he is respected by his men. The Captain of the Bear guard, Gunnarr Cunarson, is his main rival.

Hope you like it!

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Starting this year with a Red Markets update.
It has been crazy busy making content for Red Markets, the economic zombie apocalypse RPG game by Caleb Stokes. So I wanted to share some works I did for this particular project.

Here is one of my favourites: the salesman. Apparently, selling zombie heads is  a fruitful business …

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Illustration for Red Markets – a game by Caleb stokes


And of course, you can’t have a horror game without crawling through zombie infested sewers.

Caught red handed
Caught red handed

Because of my hectic schedule, I sadly have no new updates for my Legends of Ceredyn work to share with you, but I really hope to start on some more Ceredyn artwork later this year!

When in doubt, just use a disintegration spell

Finished this illustration just before 2015 ends! I really had a long hard fight with this one, since I had to get a lot of information and detail on a limited, portrait oriented canvas. To get ruins of a huge temple, an enormous monster and an adventuring party fighting said monster in a sinkhole in a vertical composition and in one painting was a gruesome battle on its own. If that wasn’t enough, the blast of the spell caster created the annoying effect of flattening everything. So I had to juggle a lot of problems at the same time: depth, different and conflicting light sources and their shadows, design and poses of the characters, multiple focal points…

If I had the time and the courage, I would redo the whole painting on a landscape oriented canvas. Also, a weird thing is going on with the colors and different devices (like tablet vs smartphone vs computer display). For some reason,  lot of the blueish and greenish colors are lost, even on this blog. There is a difference with what I see as I type my text and the preview. So if you want to see the best image of this illustrations you can go to my website.

See you next year!

Disintegration spells are awesome!
Disintegration spells are awesome!

An old commander’s last battle

Maybe I’ve played far too many times Baldur’s Gate Shadows of Amn. An old school RPG computer game released in 2000 that got revamped in 2013. Even by todays standard and 3D heavy games, it still rocks! Plus, for someone who suffers from digital motion sickness, it is a relief that there are still cRPG games with a fixed camera out there.

But this isn’t a game review. The game just inspired me to make this piece. I don’t want to post any spoilers here, but BGII players (depending on the NPCs in your party) might remember a rather epic ending for an old paladin. Well, this isn’t fan art: the scene is very different from the epilogue, but the general idea behind the ending got my inspiration going.

For all of you not familiar with the game, I hope you still still enjoy this piece!

An old commander's last battle
An old commander’s last battle

Gnome wizard

It has been too long since my last post, but it was so busy with Spacecats in Space that there was no time left to work on my own projects. So I’m going to make it up by posting my adventuring gnome wizard! Don’t be fooled by his small appearance, he is a formidable wizard and few match his knowledge of the arcane. Assisted by his not-so-brave familiar Mr. Bunny, he wanders the world to find old tomes guarded by witch kings or to battle evil side by side with human warriors and famous heroes.


gnome wizard
gnome wizard

Wood elf

Just finished a portrait illustration of a Wood Elf. I tried to give her less of an ethereal look. A bit more of a down to earth, hard working, survival- through battle-with-ugly-monsters type of elf. No time for prancing under the trees!

Wood elf portrait
Wood elf portrait