Since the first time I brought up my someday coming book not much has changed, as I predicted. Yet that’s not entirely true, since I’m adding content to it every month. I mentioned that I already had a collection of images that would be in the book if produced today. These are broken down into 2 formats: horizontal art like card art and vertical art, usually larger.
So as I complete artwork I go through and pick—once again—the weakest link and toss it out in favor of better works. Some of the pieces I am already assuming will get discarded, so in a sense I don’t really want to publish them. But seeing the whole collection there in the meanwhile makes the whole thing seem actually possible.
So here are a couple of pieces tossed out since the last entry. I can hereby assure you that you will not be seeing the following artworks in my first book (and so, likely not in any subsequent collections either!):
“Way of the Lion” was an 11x14” Acrylic painting done for a Legend of the Five Rings role-playing game book cover. This one goes back to 1998 and was painted while I lived for a short stint in F
”Old Hermit’s Gambit” was painted even earlier. 1997 I think, also Acrylic 8x12”. One of my earlier paintings of the sort done much larger than would be used in the end. There’s some decent painting here but it’s entirely too dark. This one was for the Shadowfist card game—a debacle I’d just as soon forget! Daedalus Entertainment went bankrupt and out of business and so stiffed me and a lot of artists on payment for this piece and just about every other one I did for them back at the time. I wish I could say it was an isolated incident but sadly there have been a few occasions where this has happened. I had the benefit of living with my folks and having some better and more consistently paying clients at the time. I don’t know what kind of situation you live in but in my world having a couple months work go completely unpaid is extremely painful. That sort of thing can put you on the street if you live on the line and yet it’s something that illustrators (particularly in this field) have to be constantly wary of. Be warned, all ye who enter here!
Had either of these pieces made the book I might’ve included the above information along with each, perhaps expanded but certainly better worded. Some people don’t like text in art books but I really love learning the background to various paintings. Every artwork has a story.
So until the next update, when I hope to have some different news, just know that each month my book doesn’t come out means the quality of the art that will be in it will be ever-greater.