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You Like Me Because I’m a Scoundrel

I remember watching Phantom Menace in the movie theater wondering what the movie was missing. There was awesome Jedi action (and way better choreography than the original trilogy). The music was fantastic. Tatooine looked pretty much the same, and pod racing was...

Powerful Words from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Anton Strout

Anton Strout is the author of urban fantasy, including the Simon Canderous paranormal detective series and the Spellmason Chronicles. He’s also the host of the Once and Future Podcast. He’s going to have a story in the fantasy anthology Knaves from Outland...

Only Days Left to Back Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology!

There are only a couple days left to back Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology on Kickstarter! Featuring stories from Cat Rambo, Mercedes Lackey & Dennis Lee, Maurice Broaddus, Anton Strout, Anna Spark Smith, Cullen Bunn, Walidah Imarisha, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Clay Sanger,...

Warlock 5 Author Interview: Cullen Brunn

Last year, some of us discovered the irreverence of Deadpool and are eager to view the sequel. This year, some of us are working with one of the writers from his comics: Cullen Bunn. But we’re not the only ones fangirling/fanboying. Cullen is wearing his fanboy hat...

Kane Gilmour on The Rise of Kaiju Prose

As we cruise into the middle of 2018, it might be difficult, surrounded as we are with great kaiju novels and anthologies, comics, and Pacific Rim Uprising rampaging across theater screens, to recall a time when kaiju fans were at a loss for good material. And while...

What’s In a Character’s Name?

Naming a character is like naming your first-born child. You agonize over very detail, even go so far as to pronounce the name under your breath to test the inflection. Lucky for you, you're more concerned with how it looks on paper rather than how it sounds spoken in...

4 Ways to prep for the Royal Wedding Outland Entertainment style

In addition to wearing the Editor in Chief hat here at Outland Entertainment, I also write about pop culture in enough places that I've found it useful to follow the news. While this is particularly relevant for geek news, there are some headliners you just can't...

Press Release: Blackguards Anthology Gets Facelift

Outland Entertainment is please to announce a new look and edition for the anthology Blackguards, dividing the book into two volumes and including two never-before-seen stories. Blackguards, originally published by Ragnarok Publications, was a massive volume containing stories from some of the best dark fantasy and grim dark authors in the industry…

A Letter to My Past Self

Dear Greg (in 1986), So you’ve just turned fourteen, and you’ve just entered your freshman year of high school.  I wanted to send you...well, not a pep talk, exactly.  You’ve never liked or trusted those; they’re treacherous, and too often they’ve been empty promises,...

Fighting The Voices in My Head

This article by fantasy author Melanie R. Meadors first appeared Geek Mom: Geek Speaks...Fiction! Here, Melanie tells us about how she fought the voices (of the characters) in her head…and lost. When editor Marc Tassin invited me to write for the anthology, Champions...
Th3rd World Studios: Finding Gossamyr Cover

Th3rd World Studios: Finding Gossamyr Cover

2013 saw a lot of work for Th3rd World Studios, from the Orange Man + Orange Woman material, to The Mortal Instruments, and the Aegisteel project.  Another project I did for them was an alternate cover for their book, Finding Gossamyr.

I love doing covers, but traditionally, I get asked to do work that is pretty involved with landscapes and complicated backgrounds.  And don’t get me wrong, I really love doing that kind of work, but I rarely get a chance to just do an action piece.  So, when Mike Devito approached me about doing an alternate cover for one of their books, I thought this would be a great opportunity to do something a little different!

Below you can see the process – the initial layout, the finished pencils, and the final color work.

Not only did I have a lot of fun with the action in this piece, but I also enjoyed drawing the creatures.  I don’t believe I’d ever actually drawn a rhinoceros before, so researching those and trying to convert them into these rock-like creatures was a blast.  I absolutely fell in love with how craggy and wrinkled a rhino is.

Anyway, it was a fun project to be involved in!  The book is a lot of fun too, so be sure to check it out!

JM

Baeg Tobar Sketches

Baeg Tobar Sketches

Hello folks!

One thing that I’m going to be doing is moving my own personal projects and blogs over to the Outland Entertainment site.  I won’t be pulling any of the old blogs down off my site, but from here on out I’ll be moving any posting over here.

With that said, I’m resurrecting some old images I did several years ago for the old Baeg Tobar project.  I always liked these, though they never saw the light of day.  They were also some of the first images I completed using my Cintiq 21UX.  I was impressed and excited about the flexibility drawing on the screen and directly into Photoshop gave me.  I’m also a big fan of landscapes, so getting to work with landscapes in general was a lot of fun too.

I don’t post many of my rough drawings, so here’s a chance to see some of my very rough work.

These were meant to be header images for the old Baeg Tobar site, hence the reason for the horizontal format.  Additionally, they were meant to just be sketches that I handed over to an artist to finish off.  In this case, I commissioned Nicolas Giacondino, and he did the final linework.

I think Nic did a pretty good job staying true to the original sketches that I completed.

Anyway, I hope we find a use for these at some point – it’s a shame that we never used them!  They were fun to work on!

JM