I don't believe in "jinxes". So I'm going to rejoice in the idea that the lonnnng drought has ended. My friends, I'm speaking of my own personal dry spell. The Blessed Rains are coming! At least...that's the hope. You see, many years ago I used to do a good deal of art-related work. The keyword there being the word "work". Six good clients that fed me a fairly steady stream of creative projects. Happy times. When the economy turned, the work became painfully slow...until it dried up altogether. Over the past seven or eight years I would get the occasional project, but nothing like it once was.
Recently, however, I've seen signs that the drought may be loosening it's grip. I've received some hope in this dry desert in the form of several RPG assignments. Since January I've gotten work from BRW Games, Atomic Overmind Press, and Wicked North Games. I also did several pieces for Thousand Suns by Grognardia Games. This refreshing weather pattern has brought much needed relief to my parched and crusty creative soul! The most notable of these is the BRW work. I started June 9th, producing black n' white depictions of a variety of beasts and characters for a beastiary to accompany their game, Adventures Dark and Deep. I was part of a team of sixteen artists working on batches of five illos at a time. When I finally got to breathe again on August 23rd, I'd found I had produced 78 of the 367 total original illustrations needed to produce the book. Exhilerating!
I also got called upon to do a handful of color illustrations for a game entitled 'Westward'. A steampunk-flavored Wild West RPG by Wicked North Games. It was my very first foray into the steampunk genre, and I must say I had a lot of fun! Several of the Westward pieces are posted in my Gallery.
So, I'm really encouraged by all this. A very good sign indeed. Let the rains fall!