Saturday, 26 December 2015

Card Game Project: Chameleons!

Introducing the Chameleon cards (the 'jolly' card of my card game deck). The colours on these turned out a little flat so I might have to re-do them at some point, after tweaking the design a bit. Still, I'm happy with the design :) Also visible are some symbol dice I designed for the game.


Fan-Art: Pugsley from Deadendia

Here's a portrait of Pugsley, the magical talking dog from Hamish Steele's Deadendia

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Card Game Project: Partial Demo Set

Hello everyone, and season's greetings to you all :)
I've spent the day designing, printing and laminating the last dozen or so cards I needed to make up a partial demo set for my card game (with just enough cards to take to school and try out with my students). I'm incredibly pleased with how they turned out and I can't wait for the opportunity to do more play tests and get more feedback.
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Xmas Market 2015 - A Great Success!

Just got home from a lovely day selling hand-made goodies and raising money for charity: we made 383 euros and 50 cents, 50% of which we will be donating to Emergency. Thank you to everyone who popped by the stall and bought something, and to everyone who helped out with the stall.
Below are some pictures of the stall (we sold pretty much everything you can see!)
Happy Holidays!


Sunday, 6 December 2015

X-Mas Market 2015 Goodies - Part 7

Yesterday I made two more notebooks - featuring a wizard fighting ghosts and an angry neon robot- and today I made some magnet and keyring designs, including zombies, trolls, 80s skulls, goblins, robots, vats of toxic waste, faeries and bumblebees.


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Project Card Game - Update

Here's an update on the ongoing TEFL card game project: today I laminated a whole more cards, thus getting ever closer to having a big enough set to use as a workable prototype.

X-Mas Market 2015 Goodies - Part 6

A collection of post-it note booklets, featuring a butterfly, a robot, a parrot, a unicorn, and an alien astronaut.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Xmas Market 2015 Goodies - Part 5

Here are some more xmas market goodies: five black and white bookmarks, representing the fantasy, science-fiction, horror, romance and adventure genres.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Project Card Game

Hello all,
For some time now I've been working on a card game for EFL use: namely, for developing vocabulary and practicing sentence structure. At the moment, this game has some basic rules and a lot of design ideas... but no name (although I am definitely working on that).
Either way, thanks to a recently purchased home laminator, I was able to print a few cards off. They turned out better than I expected and it feels amazing being able to hold them in my hand after months of just looking at the designs on a computer screen. If all goes well, within a couple of months I should have a simple rule booklet and a sample deck that I can use for demonstrations.
I'll try and post regular updates on this project from now on :) TF

Monday, 23 November 2015

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Xmas Market 2015 Goodies - Part 3

Here's a horror/halloween patterned notebook with pen, and a Megazord-inspired post-it note booklet.


Friday, 20 November 2015

Viking Friend

A sobre, completely realistic portrait of my friend as a marauding viking. I think I might be getting a little obsessed, thanks to The Last Kingdom.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Xmas Market 2015 Goodies - Part 2

Some more hand-drawn notebooks: a flowery pattern and a green wizard with glowy sphere and staff.


Friday, 13 November 2015

Orgu's Tale: a Dungeon Roll story

I recently received Dungeon Roll, a push-your-luck fantasy dice game created by Chris Darden at Tasty Minstrel Games. Here's a very nice video introduction to the game and how to play it.
It's loads of fun and I'm really enjoying playing it: so much so that I was inspired to write a short story, based on a dungeon delve. Without further ado, here is Orgu's Tale.

Very well, very well. Yes, I am Chieftain Orgu, Twindragon.
No doubt you wish to be regaled with my tale of the Dungeon of Despair? How my companions and I faced the monsters that dwelt in that foul, nightmarish place? Fine.
I came to this village as a young half-goblin. The son of a forbidden love affair between goblin-maid and man, viewed as sinful and depraved by both goblin and human-kind, I wandered through these lands in search of purpose and glory.
As soon as I heard tell of the Dungeon and the dragon that lived there I knew that my destiny was calling – at least, that’s how my foolish child-like mind saw it. I stood on a table, right here in this very tavern, clanking a wooden spoon against my flagon of ale to get the patrons’ attention.
“Listen here, all of you!” I called out. “I am Orgu Halfblood, from the Southern Swamplands, and I have a mind to delve deep into the Dungeon of Despair and slay the scaly wyrm that so frightens the good folk hereabouts. Is there anyone here brave enough to join me?”
 No sooner had I finished, than the tavern walls shook with laughter and jeering. Everywhere I looked were ruddy, blotchy, drunken faces, grinning and hurling slurs at me. Someone even threw an egg. Disheartened beyond belief, I clambered down from my perch.
 “I will join you, young Halfblood,” said a kind, booming voice behind me.
I turned round to see a tall, muscular man in a suit of bronze-coloured armour. The face of a boar adorned the chest-plate and a crimson cape hung from the shoulder-guards. The man’s face was dark and lined with age. A great, wiry black beard covered the lower half of his face and his green almond eyes shone like emeralds. “I am Zahim, Champion of Silver Moon Falls,” he continued with a nod. “I sense greatness in you, Orgu, and a strong desire to prove yourself. You remind me of myself at your age!” he grinned and gestured to a table. “Come! Sit, share some ale and meet my friends…”
 I joined Zahim and was surprised by his company. One by one, I was introduced to them all: There was Samira, a Cleric of the White Goddess, all dressed in gold and silver robes and carrying a hammer-head staff. Beside her sat Murmik, an apprentice Mage – a spotty young man who looked not much older than me, wearing patchy robes and a threadbare pointed hat. Next were Juni and Maya, swordswomen fighters and lovers from the Sunless Mountains. The toughness of their leather and chain-mail armour was offset somewhat by the tender looks they gave each other and the gentle way they held each others’ hand. Finally, there was Kit, the youngest of the party at just thirteen, but already a master thief. She proudly displayed to me all the purses she had snatched throughout the course of that evening alone, as well as a scroll she had lifted from a wealthy-looking merchant who sat dozing in a corner of the tavern, surrounded by empty bottles of wine.
 After a few hours discussion we were all in agreement: we would face the dungeon together.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Fan-art: Yogscast's Simon Lane (Honeydew the Dwarf)

I've been a big fan of the Yogscast for some time, so I thought I'd draw some fan-art: here is Simon 'Honeydew' Lane in dwarvish attire.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

A Watermarked Goblin

Hey ho!
I've been experimenting with digital colouring over the past few weeks, working on a new EFL game. As it's a card game, all my work of late has been on relatively simple designs, coloured in on photoshop so that they don't look horrible when scaled down and printed.
I'm not up to posting any of the official designs I've made so far for the game, so here's a little chap I just did in the same style, to give the idea. I've also added a watermark to him, just so see how it would look.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Xmas Market 2015 Goodies - part 1

Hello! It's that time of year again, where I start making things to sell for charity at the Fummo family Saturnalia/Winter Solstice/Whatever-your-poison Market! Here are my first three products: three notebook decorated with a snow-witch, a fiery dark lord and a pastry pattern.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Gnomish Necromancer

I gave up on Drawlloween and decided to go back to fantasy character design instead. Here's a Gnome Necromancer (Gnomancer? Necrognome?)

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Drawloween: Ghost

It's October, and I though that just for change I'd try and do a drawing challenge like Inktober, but this one is Halloween themed: Drawloween!
Day 1's theme is GHOST, so here's my creepy crispy phantasm!

Friday, 25 September 2015

Fantasy Character Designs

Here are a couple of character designs for sample characters to be used in my Teaching RPG.
The Golden-armoured Crocodile man is in part inspired by Hamish Ridley-Steele and his insatiable love for crocs.


Monday, 21 September 2015

Intro for Fighting Fantasy: Crypt of the Sorcerer

Hey all! I made a short video introduction for Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy book, 'Crypt of the Sorcerer'. I'll hopefully be doing a YouTube playthrough series of the book with some friends, so I thought I'd make a little teaser for it. I just read out the blurb on the back cover and drew some creepy zombie soldiers, really. And a magic sword. Anyway, stay tuned!


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Another Character Design

Here's a new character I'm working on, possibly for a short story or collection of short stories. A sort of young plgrim/sword-for-hire woman in a post-apocalyptic wasteland world, with an Eldritch/Lovecraftian style god fused to her arm.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Enigmatic Studios Concept Art: Norse Golems

Here's some concept art for an upcoming project by the up-and-coming video-game design company Enigmatic Studios! I'm thinking of going back to this design and tweaking a bit. Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Sons of Thestian themed Birthday Party

I went to a fantastic fantasy themed costume birthday party and scavenger hunt, celebrating The Sons of Thestian author and my very good friend Madeleine Vaughan's 23rd year last Friday. I had a truly magnificent time and met loads of fantastic people, but possibly the highlight of the day was getting to prance around playing my flute (I was a bard) to accompany Hamish Ridley-Steele's fabulous flouncing (gif provided by Madeleine herself)


You can see more photos of the day here, on Madeleine's blog. Now I'm off to toot my flute.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Goblins and Skeletons!

Finally got round to putting these designs on to t-shirts :) Really happy with how they turned out!