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FantasyCraft - Species I
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Published: August 13, 2009
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As before, click "Download" for the big-big version.

This is a partial on one of three half-pages drawn for the recently-released Fantasy Craft Role-Playing Game, out now from Crafty Games.

And a bit of good news, I hear the hardcover will be at GenCon this weekend, so it IS in print as well as PDF! Might be a week or so before it's available in stores/online, but it's nice to know. I can't wait to hold a copy in my hands, that feeling never gets old.

SO! This is a partial, but it's a good bit bigger than you're likely to see it in print, unless you have a huge monitor and monster resolution. I blew 'em up a bit to show off the detail. From left to right we've got our classic Fantasy Archetypes: Dwarf, Elf, Goblin (the full image in the book also includes a relatively small Dragon). While the playable Species list extends way beyond these three, they're the familiar landmarks of traditional Fantasy.

Also, I'm pretty stoked that even two years later, I still like the designs. I wonkled the Dwarf's fingers a bit, but that warhammer of his I am proud of... it was one of those perfect moments: I was drawing the hammer head, but it was pretty generic. I wanted something unique, the Dragon was behind him, I looked at a fang and *bing*.

Another feeling that never gets old. :D

It's mostly nice 'cause I didn't take it from anywhere but the page in front of me. Most designs I work out are a mishmash mix of different influences and references and so forth. It's rare that I think of something that I can't source out past the moment I thought of it. I'm not saying nobody's done a fang-hammer (I'm pretty certain someone out there has), just that I don't think I've seen one before.

Other than that hammer, I don't know that I did anything particularly unique... I wasn't trying to do anything new exactly. The instructions called for familiar archetypes, and so I tried to throw down the best traditional Dwarf, Elf and Goblin I could.

I think it came out okay.

©2008 Crafty Games. Illustrated in Manga Studio EX v.3 using an Intuos 9x12 tablet.

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Shadowfang3000's avatar
Oh I love traditional looks! :P
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ishmadrad's avatar
Toothammer 100% cool.
Nice elf. Super funny goblin!
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butterfly-dragon's avatar
:+fav: TOOTHAMMER FTW! okay, i liked the characters :)
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Cybogoblin's avatar
I picked up the hardcover at GenCon, and it really is great - though you've cut out part of the final image ;)
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Inkthinker's avatar
Inkthinker|Professional Digital Artist
Yep, that's why I called it a partial. C'mon, I can't give it ALL away. :D
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Cybogoblin's avatar
Heh, that is true. I'd forgotten about that particular character option and almost dropped my book in surprise when I saw it.
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Kisuke755|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The dwarf's a rocker, with tooth ax. They all look like a motley rock band.
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hclark's avatar
hclark|Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is an excellent design of the tooth hammer

I love it!
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CyberWyld's avatar
CyberWyld|Professional Digital Artist
As usual man, more fantastic work.
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Eldahast's avatar
Yeah, the fangammer really stands out. I think your dwarf stands out as well from those three. Yeah, he's dwarf'ish, he is, but the leg part of his armor looks like those of the samurai. And with the bandana, he look like an old, beardy fan of ZZ TOP. And last, but not least, a nice ornamented pauldrons add the finishig touch.
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weisen1's avatar
weisen1|Professional Filmographer
That is a pretty sweet hammer - and wow, so great, even two years ago :L
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JTGrimm|Hobbyist Writer
I don't think I'll ever get tired of your fantasy work. Maybe it's my imagination, but it just seems like you really ramp up the detail to the next level when you're working in this genre. It's just so darn pretty!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to ogle a bit more ...
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daedalus1115's avatar
This is sweet. I dig the line work.
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paxtin's avatar
I like the big hammer/mace that's made from a big tooth. That's a cool concept.
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Blindsight67's avatar
Smashing fun.
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dubdotherdain|Hobbyist General Artist
I'm digging that 2 hander my kinsmen is wielding.
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Sebbythefreak|Professional Filmographer
they are pretty awesome!
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Gigi800's avatar
Gigi800|Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: Great!
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CykosIs-AG's avatar
CykosIs-AG|Hobbyist General Artist
Lovin the elf set up but that dwarfs hammer is just too awesome!=D
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Hart1000's avatar
the hammer head is ingenious! great job! can't wait to see the printed book. :)
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pickitrm| Filmographer
cool
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Neoseraph24's avatar
love the amount of detail on this! Especially the whadyacallit interwoven pleats design on the elf's armour? Do you work big then scale it down or do you actually work in that really small detail all the way through?
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Inkthinker|Professional Digital Artist
The image size on these is actually 1:1 equal to the print size (so, for instance, I think the fullsize on this is 8x5@600, or 4800x3000), but given that I work digitally I can zoom in for some mad detail. There's not a lot of real benefit in getting down to the pixel level, but I can still get in so close that in real terms I'd need to be working with a glass.
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Neoseraph24's avatar
wow cool, I imagine it's still an incredible amount of work though. :)
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