Trolls in Tricorns, Fishmongers, Griffins, etc.

Recently I’ve been making a lot of sketches for book covers and the on-going pre-production for the Tales of Fayt project.

Here is a portrait of a family of Griffins for the German edition of a book called Menagerie. This won’t be the final design; I need to re-think everything, but I may be able to salvage some of Griffin pups for future use.

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Here are some concept drawings for The Tale of the Crippled Imp, being the first episode of the comic strip I’m working on with Conrad Mason.

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I’ve storyboarded the first few pages; now I need to refine things and really work out the characters so I know what they look like from various angles. To help with this endeavour I thought it might be useful to construct my own models. Unfortunately my sculpting skills are abysmal. I also forgot the troll was in the oven and he came out with toasted ears and a crispy hat, which is why I’ve had to cover up the burnt areas with paint. Never mind, the Tricorn hat will be useful as they are a nightmare to draw without reference.

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2 Replies to “Trolls in Tricorns, Fishmongers, Griffins, etc.”

  1. Oh, your sculpt isn’t *that* bad, David! he looks quite pleased with himself, despite his burnt ears and crispy hat. Although Virginia’s certainly show a more refined talent for that sort of thing. Interesting process, however, isn’t it?

    1. Thanks Austin. I enjoy sculpting, but lack the tools, patience and know-how to produce anything worthy. I think I might do better if I worked in a larger scale, but it’s the small, delicate pieces that capture my imagination the most…

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