Sunday, April 28, 2013

Another Petty Gods Art Sneak Peek...

It was very cool of Greg G. to give me one of the Lord Dunsany deities from The Gods of Pegāna for Expanded Petty Gods. This is the entirety of the mention of Jabim (one of the "home gods") in Dunsany's book...

"And Jabim is the Lord of broken things, who sitteth behind the house to lament the things that are cast away. And there he sitteth lamenting the broken things until the worlds be ended, or until someone cometh to mend the broken things. Or sometimes he sitteth by the river's edge to lament the forgotten things that drift upon it. A kindly god is Jabim, whose heart is sore if anything be lost."

There's more to the Petty Gods version than the description above, but the gist of it is, Jabim is as broken as the items he/she laments. I actually had a blast illustrating this (not that I haven't had a blast on all of the PG illustrations I've been doing).

This illustration (at left) is for Kypselus (a.k.a. the Black Hand), the Lord of Deals, created by by Josh Graboff. This is an instance where I liked my sketch a lot, but then didn't really like my first inking of the sketch. It took me a while to figure out what I didn't like. I had him in full plate (but barefooted), and the full plate was a bit much. On another piece of paper (I use Bienfang Graphics 360 Marker Paper) I re-inked his arms and legs (and crotch-tal region) and, thanks to the beauty of photoshop, did a little photo-compositing. I'm pretty happy with the way this one ended up, mostly for the expression on his face. To me, it's like he's saying... "Sure. I'll make a deal with you. But I don't have to like you."

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