Monday, May 23, 2016

Our Favorite Artists - Skinner

 


I'm very excited to introduce today's featured artist!  Known as Skinner he is a full time artist that creates some of the most imaginative, interesting and bizarre art I've ever seen.  He has pieces inspired by Lovecraft and D&D and works in multiple mediums including print, sculpture, painting and many others.  You might have seen his work on Adult Swim or if you live in the San Francisco/Oakland CA areas you may have seen one of his many shows there.  I'm very happy to introduce you my readers to a true original and a very talented man, Skinner! 

  • First of all, thanks for taking some time out of your day to speak with me, please introduce yourself and give us a brief bio:

My name is Skinner and I make art for a living. I do a bunch of different stuff. I write stories and paint and make music videos and conceptualize shit and theorize about life and stuff.

  • When did you first discover your creative talents?

When I was a little ass kid trying to figure out how to draw monsters and dinosaurs. I wasn't conscious of it being anything other then an interest in trying to emulate stuff that a little ass kid likes. You just draw sharks and hulk hogans and enjoy it. No one thinks it's art really.


  • How would you describe your style and where do you draw your inspiration from?

Describing my style is weird because I do so many different kinds. Illustrative comic book style or fantasy paintings but mostly my style is just little kid trying to make something look good. My inspiration comes from fantasy artists and comic book artists and old illustrators. Marvel comics back in the day. Stuff like that. Jack Kirby.

  • Who is your favorite artist? What draws you towards his or her artwork?
One of my favorite artists is Louie Cordero from the Philippines. I love a ton of artists but he's alive and still doing stuff and since my favorite artists are dead I thought I'd mention him. His shit is so fucking weird and great! It's like a surreal Ghana movie poster mixed with Japanese vibes and Satan.


  • Is art a full time occupation for you, if not what do you do for a living?

I do art full time. Always on the grind!
 
  • What projects are you currently working on?
 
Finishing an animated music video for high on fire. Commercials for adult swim and my own illustrations and paintings. I have been writing a lot of stories and show pitches these days. 

  • What type of work do you enjoy doing most?
 
My own weird fantasy paintings or inking. Writing is fun as fuck too but painting lovecraftian fantasy shit is probably the best.


  • You've created art inspired by D&D, are you yourself a gamer and if so what are your favorite games?  How did being a gamer influence your style? 

I wish I had time. I grew up memorizing every little detail of my monster manuals and fiend folios and shit. I loved it so much. Now I just kinda honor it in my work! Old AD&D art was so crazy. Trampier was a standout and Errol Otus. I got to hang with Larry Elmore at comic con! He's great!

  • Who is your favorite musical artist and why?

I'm into Melvins! Always pushing subversive rock and fuck it attitude in the face of a world that wants to contrive everything and make a buck. Melvins make art not products.

  • What was the last book you read?

Alan Moore biography and some Clark Ashton smith. Just finished Mezolith which is an amazing book full of prehistoric folk tale stuff! 


  • What is your favorite place that you have traveled to?
 
Cuba hands down. 

  • What superpower would you have and why?
 
The power to make people shit their pants at my behest. Whenever I want. Any distance. Don't cross me. 

  • Where can the readers go to see your art?

 

 
  • Are there any books, videos, or other forms of media that you would recommend to new artists to help them learn? 

Oh shit man everything's so available now. I wouldn't know where to start. Shit I don't know. How bout anatomy by Burne Hogarth, Frazetta paintings and drawings and maybe " How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way".

  • Lastly, any words of advice for aspiring artists?
 
Well, don't get lured in by the validation that comes from people liking your stuff on the Internet. You can't base your growth on that. You have to put in an insane amount of work before you don't even kinda not suck let alone before you've developed an even small level of your own style. Just don't be lazy about putting in work. Put your heart into it ya lazy bum! It's the best!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Star Wars - Revised, Expanded and Updated

Yaa hoooooooo!
Heya folks!

I'll admit that I am a Star Wars fan.  I'm also a fan of the Star Wars RPG put out by West End Games many moons ago.  I've owned several other Star Wars RPG's since then including SAGA and the trilogy of Fantasy Flight books but my favorite has always been the old WEG version.  I'm a sucker for the D6 system.  I haven't played this game in many, many years and much to my surprise I recently found out that there is an updated version of my beloved old classic!  

Womp Rat Press is a collection of editors that have labored long and hard to put together a new updated version of the classic Star Wars - Revised, Expanded Core Rule Book.  It's shockingly called Star Wars - Revised, Expanded, UPDATED.  See what they did there?  Anyhoo this is a freaking amazing book for anyone that loves the old SW WEG game, the first version was released in 2014 and a second updated version was released last year.  Where the hell have I been?!

Apparently the layout has been adjusted and a number of changes made, here's what boardgamegeek.com has to say:

Star Wars: Revised, Expanded, and Updated features the following:
  • Extensive examples and explanations to make learning and understanding the rules easier;
  • A solitaire adventure “Cantina Breakout,” to let you start playing right away;
  • An index to this volume;
  • Expanded Combat Options and Force powers combining information from various supplements.
  • Expanded Adventuring information, combining all the gems from the original Gamemaster’s Handbook;
  • The beginning adventure “The Pirates of Prexiar”;
  • Aliens, vehicles, starships, and creatures from the Prequel, The Clone Wars, and the recent “Legends”
  • Expanded Universe;
  • Numerous character templates.
Finally, Star Wars: Revised, Expanded, and Updated concentrates on role-playing over rules. The game is faster, easier, and more fun... and more like the original Star Wars movies!

Sound pretty cool?!  It is!  It's a HUGE book, the second edition weighs in at 512 pages of RPG goodness.  The best part is that it's free to download!  I'm not sure of the legality of this as I'm sure Disney has the rights to all things Star Wars and I know Disney has lots of lawyers with sharp pointy pencils. I'm not going to be posting a link here but if you google Star Wars REUP you'll easily find the droid that you are looking for ;)

So if you're like me and had no idea this book exsited, then hit up google and find yourself a copy, its a damn fine book that really expands on the original core rule-book.  If you were already aware of this book, good for you, I bet you feel pretty damn smart.  Next time shoot me an email and let me in on the secret ;)

May the Force be with you.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Eureka!!

Two of my Holy Grail's!
Heya folks!

It's been a little while since I have been around here.  Things have been crazy in real life which hasn't left me much time for gaming.  So here's an update as to whats going on;

See that wonderful picture at the top of the page?  Both of those beautiful babies arrived today, I have been wanting them both for a very long time and I finally splurged and picked them up.  Both are complete and in decent condition, I purchased them from Noble Knight Games, somewhat expensive (especially Queen of the Spiders) but totally worth it!  Looks like I have some reading to do!  If you're not aware of Noble Knight Games go check them out, they are a great source for out of print stuff.

I have my feelers out there for a couple of artist interviews, I'm not going to say anything yet but I am pretty excited.  Lets hope everything works out, so keep an eye on this space!  I also signed up for a online figure drawing class so I can improve my depiction of the human form.  I will be starting soon and am really looking forward to it.

My wife and I also have very good news, we have a baby girl on the way!  She just entered the third trimester this week with a June due date so its been all hands on deck getting ready for our little bundle.  I am so excited and nervous, I'm going crazy!  The baby room is almost done and we have birthing classes this coming weekend as well as baptism classes with our church this Wednesday.  I never knew that one little human needed so much stuff!

Anyway I hope you are all well, take care and I'll be back soon!

Monday, March 7, 2016

New Art - Norman Motte and Bailey


Heya folks,

I finished up a new piece this weekend.  I wanted to do a landscape with a motte and bailey castle and the surrounding countryside.  I used a program that is new to me called ArtRage 4, it's the closest thing you can get to actually using a brush and paint.  The brushes leave strokes and you can smear them with a pallet knife or roller, its really pretty cool.  After I was done I took it into Photoshop and made a few final adjustments.

Overall I'm semi happy with it, it took me much longer than I expected and learning a new program was time consuming.  It was a good experience but I think I can do better!  Next up will be a real acrylic painting, I just picked up a 36x48 canvas yesterday and I am thinking of doing a cosmic/horror/Lovecraftian style painting.  Then its on to figure drawing, I hope to be able to do some historical illustration (merging my love of art and history) in my spare time so I need to work hard on learning the human figure!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

New Ghostbusters Trailer!


The trailer for the new Ghostbusters is finally here!  As a child of the 80's, Ghostbusters has a special place in my heart and I'm very excited to see it coming back in this new form.  I love that the cast is all women, Kristen Wiig is always fantastic in my opinion, I'm not as much of a fan of Melissa McCarthy but I'll keep an open mind.  I've also read that Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd appear in the film, not sure if that's a rumor or not but they do not appear in the trailer.

The special effects look great, I love the 80's Cadillac Hearse as the new Ecto Mobile and it looks like a Chinese take out place as the new Ghostbusters Headquarters.  Overall it looks entertaining and I'm looking forward to it!  Now I want to pull my Ghostbusters RPG down off the shelf and give it another go!  Let me know what you guys think!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Robert E. Howard's Conan Roleplaying Game - Kickstarter is live!


Heya folks!

I just wanted to pass along a little information, the new Robert E. Howard's Conan Roleplaying Game Kickstarter campaign has gone live and is already crushing its goals!  I'm a huge Conan fan and have been collecting Conan stories and comics for many years, so I am pumped about this!

There is a HUGE list of really talented artists involved, including one of my personal favorites BROM!  Apparently the system runs on 2d20, its not a system I am familiar with but there is a free 52 page quick-start PDF that you can download on the Kickstarter page to check out the mechanics of the game. 

The core rulebook will be 386 pages in full color, there are also a buttload of stretch goals including maps and multiple hardcover books that focus on different geographic areas such as Nemedia, Koth, Cimmeria, etc.  The initial goal of $65K has already been blown out of the water, they are currently at $251K pledged with 28 days left!

Here is the linky: Conan RPG Kickstarter

Head on over and check it out!  Don't forget to download the quick-start rules while you're there!

And just to get you in the mood, heres a couple of Conan paintings from Gerald Brom.  You can check out his site here: Brom Art

Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.




Monday, February 8, 2016

New Art - Einar, Viking Warrior


Heya folks,

Here's another piece from me.  Viking Warrior from the 8th century drawn in pen and ink and colored in da Photoshop.  I feel like I'm really struggling with the human form, I'm going to spend the next few months working on the basics of human form through lots of practice.  I'm happy with how this guy came out but feel like he could be alot better if I knew the mechanics of the body better! 

Anyway thanks for looking!  I have some reviews coming up soon so keep your eyes peeled on this spot!