As some of you may already know, I've recently(-ish) started designing a range of 6mm miniatures based on a Mad Max / Necromunda / Dark Future inspired post-apocalyptic Wasteland setting... aptly named MicroWasteland.
Naturally I've created a great many preliminary and concept sketches for the range, as well as a logo (see above). I'll be posting more of the artwork related to this endeavour over the coming months. For starters, here's the sketch for a piece of promotional artwork I'm working on.
The range is being produced and sold by Mircoworld Games. Distribution of the models for the UK and EU is being handled by Vanguard Miniatures.
The first wave of generic wasteland vehicles, bikes, infantry, as well as the ever popular "Muties" are available now.
Steve from Microword Games and I are already working to expand the range, so be sure to check them out, let us know what you think and, most importantly, buy some! :D
Well then, it's been a while... and a lot has happened since my last update.
For starters, I have returned to my lower-bavarian home of Lower Bavaria... after 17 years in New Zealand. Needless to say, it's taking my a while to re-adjust. The amount of paper-work and bureaucracy one has to deal with here in Germany is just staggering!
This move had been quite a while in the making, at least in my head. In the end, though, it all happened quite fast and in a totally different manner than I had planned or expected.
There was a lot of down-sizing and getting rid of stuff required. I (almost) managed to reduce my collection of books, miniatures, art, and other bits and bobs to a single cubic metre of stuff. Some of the things I found quite difficult to part with, but overall I rather enjoyed the cleansing process. It made me figure out which of my many things are really important to me, and what was really just weighing me down. And believe me, it's still a lot of stuff.
It also meant giving up my life as I knew it and leaving behind a whole lot of wonderful people. I want to take this opportunity to thank all those amazing people I've had the pleasure of meeting during my time abroad... for all their love and support and the good times we had. Believe me, it's been quite an emotional ride and there are times when I'm still reeling from it.
But anyway... I'm back now and busy working on getting myself set up again. My next challenges will be finding a suitable flat/work space and the money to pay for it.
I'm working on a few new and ongoing commissions already, but there's always room for more. Besides, I'm also trying to diversify myself a little. As such, I'm trying to break into some new markets and industries such as storytelling and book illustration, album covers, promotions, that kind of thing. So, in case any of you know of opportunities in those areas for a man with my talents, feel free to let me know about them. Of course, I will continue to design miniatures and illustrate wargaming and roleplaying books as well.
I also plan to post much more regular updates on this here blog again. I know, I know, most of you have heard that before. Feel free to poke me if you think it's taking too long.
I've already managed to do a little update on my online portfolio, which you can check out here: www.solitudo.com
For now, I will leave you with a little something that I've drawn for a very special person in my new life, who goes by the beautiful name of Bibiane... love ya, babe. ♥︎
Over the years I've been doing a lot of artwork related to my most favourite Games Workshop game ever... Blood Bowl. So I thought it was high time to showcase some of that art, starting with the ABBF Posterboy, the official mascot of the Auckland Blood Bowl Federation.
I created this piece when the Auckland City Guard Blood Bowl League (ACGBBL) changed its name to the Auckland Blood Bowl Federation (ABBF) about 10 years ago, in an effort to create a more inclusive league for everyone in Auckland.
Since then, the artwork has been hijacked to serve as the logo for the annual Greenstone Cup Tournament here in NZ, as well as several Blood Bowl related blogs and websites around the world.
As of yesterday, the design is also available as prints, t-shirts, and various other products from my Society6 shop. If you fancy getting your hands on a copy, visit the shop via the link below and receive free shipping and $5 off until the 8th of November (Free Shipping Offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases, Wall Clocks, and Rugs): https://society6.com/schwager?promo=G6V7MC8RCMBB
Chromacon, New Zealand's very own Indie Arts Festival, will be happening on 18th and 19th of April at Aotea Centre, Auckland. If the previous event in 2013 is anything to go by, it will be awesome, and much bigger than the last one. So I'm super excited to be part of this year's fantastic line-up of local and international creatives. You can check them all out here: http://www.chromacon.co.nz/artists/
I'll have plenty of prints, postcards, and posters for sale at my booth, including some brand new material. I have also contributed a piece to the Chromacon Artbook Vol. 2, which will be on sale on the weekend and through their online shop (after the event): http://www.chromacon.co.nz/shop/
I've added some new products to my shop, but more on that below. This is about... FREE SHIPPING until April 12, 2015 at Midnight Pacific Time. *Free Shipping offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases, Wall Clocks and Rugs To make use of this deal, simply click the link below and you're away: http://society6.com/schwager?promo=G6V7MC8RCMBB
As I'm furiously working away on some new ABBF merchandise, these classic designs become available as t-shirts and whatnot for the first time.
This one, "Season of the Dead", was the very first one... and is probably still my favourite.
This one, "Stunty Season", was the second in the series... and features much more action and chaos.
This one, "Season of Chaos", the last in the series... and also the most refined one.
It's been too long!
So I thought I'd post some more work I did for the 2nd Edition of Fantasy Flight Games' Dark Heresy RPG. The following artwork was published in the first supplement, titled Forgotten Gods.
In addition to the usual characters and scenes, I also got to try my hand at doing an environment... which still has a few dubious characters lurking about as well. Plus some more concept sketches for the denizens of this grim dark setting.