Monday, June 30, 2014

A Jolly Wizard (and art supplies)

If you've been reading this blog for awhile you might remember this short series of D&D-style adventurers that I started posting last summer. Well I never meant for Nip, Tuck and Groff to be a mere party of three in their dungeon crawling quests for fortune and glory. They needed someone who could really sling some spells. And so now a real honest-to-Baccob wizard has finally stepped up to join them:

Bugsby is a wizard that just can't manage to stay retired. He's tried gardening. He's tried opening a little Potions Shop. He's even tried attending the Silvered Singles Socials in the local village. But no matter what he does the call of the open road eventually catches hold of him and soon enough Bugsby finds himself in the local tavern, where adventurers, rogues and ne'r-do-wells all gather, reminiscing about battle magic, goblin hordes, and treasures won.

And so, when Nip and Tuck and Groff the Fighter pass through the village, Wizard Bugsby fairly jumps at the chance to join them.

Bugsby is a more conservative than daring old adventurer, with his focus on healing potions, his helping handystaff and his trail marking hat bat (not to mention his excellent cooking). No one can decide if the jolly little wizard is a very small human or a very burly gnome or something in between, but one thing is certain: beneath that easygoing exterior is a battle-hardened adventurer that has seen it all.

Is the Wizard Bugsby past his prime? Only one more adventure can say for certain...

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ART SUPPLIES RECOMMENDATION:

I hardly ever recommend specific art supplies, but the sketch above was made in a Strathmore 400 series, warm tan toned sketchbook. It's a great sketchbook. I used black microns for the drawing and white gouache for the highlights and a "light sand" colored Tombow brush pen for the tones. It seems like a really good combination for sketching.

14 comments:

Cameron said...

I've noticed in this drawing and similair drawings that there are colored lines, in your picture you're using blue, I've also seen it be done with yellows, oranges and various other colors. What kind of effect is that?

Ben Hatke said...

Oh that's just me roughing in shapes with a colored pencil sometimes. This one is supposed to be "non-photo blue" but I don't mind the way it looks. I'f I don't want anything showing through I use a light pencil and erase it after inks.

Annie Tohill said...

How much is the sketch-book and where can I find it? I've been looking for a good new one lately since my current one has lived a hard life. Also, how many pages is it? I have a tendency to go through sketchbooks about every six months. (It might have to do with all the pages I fill with squiggles turned into things...)

Annie Tohill said...

Just noticed the link to buy it online... *slaps forehead*. But can you buy it at a brick-and-motar store? Which ones (if any)?

Stacy Curtis said...

Annie, Michaels.

Ben Hatke said...

Good call Stacy. Michaels would probably be a good bet. I usually just order through dickblick.com.

Annie Tohill said...

Thanks!

Jonny said...

I love the look you achieved in this sketch! For your highlights, do you just dry-brush the gouache over the micron lines?

Ben Hatke said...

Jonny: Yep, exactly!

kellyjo said...

I love Baccob and the bat that seems to be hanging off of his hat. Oh, wizards.

kellyjo said...

Erm...Grisby.

Ben Hatke said...

Bugsby?

kellyjo said...

Umm...yes...good grief. It's been quite a day. Thank you. :)

Ben Hatke said...

It's okay! He's only a very little wizard after all...