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Dangerous Divas Series 2 sketch cards!

My sketch cards for Marvel’s Dangerous Divas Series 2 collectible card set.

All executed in acrylics and ink.

I hope you like them!

 

Warm-up sketch. Finhead…

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Finhead!

A bit of dragonish weirdness for you today. :)

Pencil on paper.

 

Warm-up sketch for December 5th. Two Swords…

Two Swords

Two Swords

Today’s warm-up sketch.
“Two Swords”
Clever title, no? 

Warm-up for December 4th! Pointy Ears…

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Pointy Ears

A quick pencil sketch for the blog today.

Onwards to the day’s efforts!

 

In other news, my work was juried into the Gencon Art Show for 2015!

See you in Indianapolis this summer!

 

Tolkien art sale until December 10th, 2014!

The following illustrations are being offered at reduced special prices for Christmas!

All art appears in Cubicle 7 Entertainment’s book entitled, “Rivendell”; a source book for its popular roleplaying game”The One Ring” set in Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

The sale ends December 10th, 2014.

Act fast!

Contact me at jmchugh@mchughstudios.com, if you would like to add any of these pieces to your collection!

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The Queen of Castle Hill
Art from “Rivendell” for The One Ring Roleplaying Game from Cubicle 7
Copyright 2014 Cubicle 7
Pencils on 11×14 paper
$110.00 until December 10th, 2014
Regularly priced at $150.00

 

The Barrow Wight Attacks!

The Barrow Wight Attacks!

The Barrow Wight Attacks!
Art from “Rivendell” for The One Ring Roleplaying Game from Cubicle 7
Copyright 2014 Cubicle 7
Acrylics on paper
6 and 5/8 x 15 inches ( on 12×16 paper)
$350.00 until December 10th, 2014.
Regularly $390.00

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The Trollshaws
Art from “Rivendell” for The One Ring Roleplaying Game from Cubicle 7
Copyright 2014 Cubicle 7
Acrylics on paper
6 and 5/8 x 15 inches ( on 12×16 paper)
$350.00 until December 10th, 2014.
Regularly priced at $390.00

The Whispering Ruins

The Whispering Ruins

 

The Whispering Ruins
Art from “Rivendell” for The One Ring Roleplaying Game from Cubicle 7
Copyright 2014 Cubicle 7
Acrylics on paper
6 and 5/8 x 15 inches ( on 12×16 paper)
$350.00 until December 10th, 2014
Regularly priced at $390.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Warm-up for November 18th. Lovers Abscond…

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Lovers Abscond

Acrylic, ink, and pencil on watercolor pencil

9X12

$65.00 + shipping

My speed paints for Aethercon 2014 are here!

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With each sketch, I was pitted against a fellow artist with only 50 minutes to complete a full-color sketch.

They were a blast to do and I thank Aethercon for having me back this year.

More sketches on the way to these very pages!

I have recently completed a ton of sketch cards for Rittenhouse, painted book interiors for FASA and Cubicle 7 , and a novel cover.

I will be sure to share that work in the future as it becomes available.

Busy times!

Thank you for stopping by!

The Shadow of Inktober…

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It has been an extremely busy month here in the studio.

Book interiors, cover art,  sketch cards for Rittenhouse Archives, and being a family man have kept me from the blog for ages.

I busted out a sharpie pen and a sheet of bristol paper for a bit of relaxation yesterday evening in honor of Inktober.

Hope you like my rendition of this pulp hero.

Thanks for stopping by!

Back to work!

TIME is the 4th dimension of making illustrative art.

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My first acrylic painting

Lore of the Gods cover art

Lore of the Gods cover art

 

Throwback Thursday —Then and Now Edition. ( originally posted on FaceBook)

Folks in my friends feed have probably seen both of these by now, but I think recent events for me warrant a bit of perspective on my part.
The top image is my first acrylic painting.

It was executed on 11×14 canvas board and the image size is, perhaps, 8×10.
TINY.
It was used as a cover for a small press game publisher and is from around 1999 I think.
The bottom image is from last week and is the cover for “Lore of the Gods” from Dragonwing Games.

It received a Juror’s Choice Award at Gencon where it was on display in my booth.
I couldn’t be happier.
These paintings are separated by around 16 years.
16 years of long days and late nights in the studio meeting deadlines and attempting to make each assignment a learning experience.

Trying to make each painting better than the last.
And making plenty of mistakes.
If someone asks me what I feel my best piece of work is, I strive to be able to honestly say,

” My latest piece is my best.”
I share this with folks just starting out, who may feel that their work is still immature and not up to standard.
Hard work over time coupled with a desire to improve and learn makes all the difference.
People may like my work or they may not, but one thing folks will hopefully agree on when looking at my stuff is that it has come along over the past decade.
I don’t post this as a chance to thump my chest.
There are folks who started out with more talent and better skills.
Folks who worked hard and improved far faster than myself.
And Lord knows I have many more lessons to learn, but I am pleased with the direction my work is taking.
I’ve seen similar progress in the work of my peers and it is heartening to know that I can draw inspiration from them as I walk the path.

Now, I better get back to work!

Thanks for reading.

 

Demon World cover art for FASA Games, Inc.

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My latest cover for FASA Games, Inc was released at Gencon this past week and I am happy to share it with you here today!

Acrylics on illustration board.

I was looking at Wyeth’s Treasure Island stuff a fair bit during this painting.
His “Golden Hour” lighting schemes were amazing.

I hope you enjoy it.

And, yes, that is a barefoot dwarf!

The original is available for purchase.