Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Less, apparently is more

After a long weekend in Italy, its back to the drawing board (or more accurately graphics tablet), once more. So having got the mini-pucks out of the way, its onto the final stage of the project, for me. Actually the thing i was most looking forward to. Originally, i had planned on twelve illustrations in the book, as well the two dozen cartoons, but as the June deadline looms, Leo and myself have actually decided its better to go for quality over quantity, and hopefully you will appreciate that. After all, there is only one artist on board, and that's me. And I do actually have a day job. So since sleep should really be a necessity, not a luxury, the number has been reduced.

So Anyway, i thought you should get a taster of these illustrations, starting with a classic scene from the wild west. Each illustration, much like the mini-puck cartoons, covers a particular genre or type of situation, and of course Puck features in all of them (Even if its not immediately apparent). As you will be able to see, however, Puck appears a little less cartoony than the previous images, as the illustrations are more realistic.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Pucks 2- the new batch

So now Easter Sunday has finally arrived, and i am enjoying the prized chocolate I have so dutifully given up for Lent. When I say given up, I am of course ignoring the huge amounts of chocolate ice cream and cakes that I have consumed with Leo and Sue, which were eaten after roleplaying sessions, when I was of course still in character. In-character food is a lot like holiday food, in that it contains zero calories and is therefore guilt-free. You may ask why an Agnostic is concerning himself with Lent, and my answer is that in the remotely unlikely event that I find myself at the Pearly Gates, even a half-arsed attempt at resisting temptations will no doubt secure me a comfy seat on the good side.....

So anyway, regarding the project, I have finally finished the two dozen or so Mini-Puck illustrations for the core book. Below are some more of my favourites. The next and final stage of the book involves the illustrating the court cards, one for suit and type (Queen of Hearts, Jack of Spades etc), so there are 12 in total. Eventually these will also be printed on playing cards for the official No Dice cards, not that we are at all interested in merchandising our property to death or anything..... I should have the first of these illustrations posted in the next week or two, starting with the Jacks.

Incidentally, in the following illustrations, there are 5 film references, 3 easy, one a little obscure, and the fourth unbelievably obscure. Anyone getting all 5 wins a free pdf of the core rulebook!!*

* Of course the No Dice corebook is actually a free pdf to everyone, but I wouldnt let that stop you feeling special for getting them.