Shotgun

Mar 21, 2012

I’ve been meaning to update the Creative side with new work and I’ve just not had a whole lot of time for updating. I know it seems like we’re not active, but I assure you, we’re busy. We’ve got a lot of projects we’re involved hip deep in and I’m hoping to start updating a bit more often to show just what we’re up too.

So a little while back, a good friend of mine, Shotgun (now released). Scott has been working with me for years on the Baeg Tobar project and so I, of course, jumped at it.

Here’s the novel description –

“Shotgun” has it all. Do you like mystery and intrigue and political machinations and worldwide conspiracies? It’s got all that. Elves and demons and trolls and an amnesiac pyromancer with antlers? Check, check, check, check, check. Slightly heavy-handed commentary on the evils of Corporate America? You can’t possibly miss it. Magic shotguns, semi-sentient poundcakes, talking trees, and shapeshifters? Oh hell yeah. Are you an English teacher in need of content to stir a rousing debate involving fate and free will, and whether the heroes actually accomplished something or just did what the villain expected of them? Here you go!

Roger Brooks, a mild-mannered family man, is dropped head first into this world when he accidentally takes possession of the ancient magic the evil Witch hid in his silverware drawer. As he grows into his new role of plucky hero in a city of sorcery, Roger will have to determine which of the motley cast of characters he can trust to help him unravel the Witch’s dastardly plot. Can Roger stop her from changing the world forever?

“Shotgun” is an urban fantasy magnum opus, the first step in the skyrocketing career of an exciting new voice in the genre. And even if it’s not, it’s pretty cheap.

To begin with, I loved his idea. It wasn’t a specific scene from the book, rather, our heroes fighting a horde of suited demons. It actually made me think of something Frazetta inspired. I’m a huge Frazetta fan and I have always found his work to be inspiring. So I thought this might be a good chance to do a sort of homage to the master.

This was also my very first opportunity to do a complete piece of art using my Cintiq 21UX. It allowed me to approach this with a more traditional inked approach, rather than my more normal fine pencil line art. It was a lot of fun and this piece was completed entirely on the Cintiq. I enjoyed being able to spot some blacks for a change and the ability to get a little more variety in my line work. It was a fun experiment and I think it turned out pretty good, so I expect to be doing more work like this in the future.

Since I completed this in full on the Cintiq, I was able to simply take this piece and blow it up. It worked as my under drawing for the piece. I tightened things up a bit as I went but mostly I went straight to inks. Another thing that I did on this piece was work in multiple layers. So just about all the demons were worked out on separate layers so I could draw them in full and get the best possible poses. It was definitely a different approach than I normally take and I enjoyed it. I think I’ll be able to streamline it as I work more and more on the Cintiq.

Be sure to take a minute to go and check the book out! Scott is a great writer and this was a fantastic opportunity to work with him. I enjoyed it a lot and I’m rather pleased with how the final turned out.

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