Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Flaming Octagon

I recently posted a small peak of an illustration I did for a new article about the Agrikan order, Herpa the Mace.
There was some fun discussion about this on Facebook and most got it right away. 

Harn fan Charlie suggested, "He's flipping someone The Mace?" An amusing idea. David L. pretty much got it with "The first half of the symbol identifies the signer as Agrikian (fingers pointing up representing fire) and secondly the order to which they belong the Octagonal Pit (finger and thumb forming an approximation of a Octagon)." David S. followed up with "As for a name, how about "Eye of Manrasusha"???
Since the Octoganal pit is the source of the "Primal" Flame, it would be from the Elder God that it flowed."

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Some cool stuff. Pretty much what I was thinking. Here is the full image, though it is not the final version. The one in the article is pushed more and I worked to make the demon-faced fire look less cartoony. It shows a priest in a ritual of summoning.

For those interested, the next HarnQuest is probably a few months off. I still have a few articles to illustrate for this, but there are some exciting things in the pipeline, including a much expanded new article on the Ilme with all new art.
I will include this one from the Tontury article available now on CGIs website. This scene shows a failed attack on a  Ilme.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Some New stuff

I am still pretty busy working on the large painting for Demolay International. I will post an updated image shortly when I get a better shot of the painting. I am very close to getting the first one done, though it feels like I could easily spend another year on this if I had the time- which I don't.
I have a few articles for Harn done that are waiting to be released- honestly they are waiting for me to finish the art. As I said, I have been busy. One such article is Herpa the Mace, the Agrikan religious order. I decided a few cool visuals for this article, and while I don't want to give away too much and let it be a surprise I have been thinking a lot about the symbolism and ritual associated with religion- real or fantasy.
I have been trying to sneak in hand symbols- sort of that secret handshake kind of thing. For me it is a fun way to do some writing, expanding the universe of Harn, but with the pictures and the stories associated with them. Hopefully too, the are vague enough for individual interpretation.
Below is a cropped portion of an illustration from Herpa the Mace article- you didn't think I was going to show you the entire image did you? It shows one such hand position. Comment below to let me know what you think and if you have some idea of what this symbols is.
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