This is the first time I’ve been able to share any of the images I made for Airship Pirates. The book itself should be out next month, so to whet your appetite here are four images linked to some of the locations from the book – the Neo-Victorian cities of Borealis, Everglade and Desolation; and the free state of Helium City.
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As you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been posting much content here recently. Mostly* that’s because I’ve been working hard on a number of projects that I can’t share publicly yet. I’ll hopefully have a few previews of my work from the Abney Park “Airship Pirates” project to share with you over the next few days, but my current project isn’t going live to the world until Christmas. So I’ve been looking for other content to keep this site going until my next project. Somehow I don’t think it can survive on Wordless Wednesdays alone!
After the relative success of the Thirty Days of Books I’ve been looking for something else to inspire me… and so far I’m not find anything especially inspirational. The majority of the lists I’ve seen have gotten a bit twee- “Describe your perfect first date”; or a bit repetitive “post a photo of you a year ago/5 years ago/10 years ago”; or a bit too girly “describe what’s in your handbag/your skin care routine”; or a bit too personal for a public blog “worst personal habit/time you tried to kill yourself”.
I think the types of questions that appear over and over would be an interesting subject for a thesis into the personality profile of the majority of internet users but not something that’s likely to make me hugely excited about blogging. Then I remembered The Even Better Thirty Day Song Challenge, the prompts for which seem to have been deleted from Facebook 😦 I really enjoyed completing that challenge because the strangeness of the prompts actually made you think about your choices, it wasn’t just a case of giving a lame answer on autopilot. You can usually name your favorite song with ease, but can you name your favorite song for defenestrating a TV with as much ease?
Sadly I haven’t been able to find a general blogging list of that type… I guess I’m going to have to write my own instead 😀
*Partly because I’ve cracked a rib. Whilst cleaning. Whoops.
It’s 2150. The Earth’s recovering from the Great Apocalypse of 1906.
From the steampunk sky-cities of Isla Aether and High Tortuga come the airship pirates.You hoist the Jolly Roger, spin your propellers and take to the skies. Yours is a life of adventure, plunder and infamy.
The American wilderness lies below. Beast-haunted wastelands are criss-crossed by the tracks of the freedom-loving Neobedouins. Armoured railroads connect the Emperor’s widely scattered domains.
In the walled, fog-shrouded cities, people huddle in forced Victorian squalor, lorded over by the upper classes. The Emperor’s clockwork policemen patrol the streets and the ultimate threat of the Change Cage hangs over those who would rebel. Rising from the dockyards, the frigates of the Imperial Air Navy patrol the clouds, hunting pirates and threatening the sky-cities.
You’ve got an airship. You’ve got a crew. You’ve got one of Doctor Calgori’s fancy chronominautilus devices. All you need now is a good swig of rum (trust us, you’ll need it), and you’re ready to set sail on the winds of time and plunder history itself!
Who knows, maybe you’ll even screw up the timeline some more?
Abney Park’s eagerly anticipated Airship Pirates RPG is almost here! Pre-orders started yesterday with the first 300 being numbered and signed by Captain Robert himself. The book is due to arrive in August, no details of the exact date yet, but I’ll let you know when I know. Previews of some of the art can be found at the Cakebread and Walton site
Oops, wordless Wednesday turned into wordless and pictureless Wednesday. Sorry about that, I was busy being poorly. Summer colds are the worst!
Anyway, today I’m going to be sharing two new sequel images.
First of all, The Artist and The Archeologist, which is a sequel to the Young Adventurers piece. That one was the kiddies, this is the parents. Had a lot of fun with this one, though oddly enough short hair takes about 30 times longer than long hair to do. How strange.
And, since its punknic season and steampunks everywhere are heading to their local parks to drink tea and confuse the masses, Mr Octosquidy has decided it’s time for tea. And cupcakes. And cucumber sandwiches. And lie cake.
Amongst their current projects (Including a novel that I can’t wait to get my hands on) they are currently working on an RPG book called Airship Pirates. Created in conjunction with Cakebread and Walton the book will allow players to run amok in Captain Robert’s wierd and wonderful steampunk world.
Will share further updates as they are received.
Considering this is an artist’s blog, I haven’t blogged much about art have I? Well I have several excuses, some of them are even good excuses!
So in order they are –
- I can’t actually talk about the main project I’ve been slaving over for the last 2 months.
- Portal2 came out on at the end of April and I got a bit obsessed. Plus I’m really slow at computer games.
- I’ve injured by right thumb and can’t hold a pen for long.
- There was an amazing episode of Doctor Who written by Neil Gaiman and it may have fused by brain.
- Have I mentioned Portal 2 yet?
- I’ve been working on lots of secret commissions. And this is one of them!
Wow, babies are surprisingly hard to draw!!
There has also been a return of the squidy fellow, I don’t know where he found the penny farthing or where he could be going in such a hurry, but I’m most curious about how that hat stays on! Really pleased this got added by the Fancysaurus and Tentacles groups on deviantart, always makes me happy when other people like my work enough to want to feature it.
Speaking of Portal 2 I made this as an experiment in pen control. Due to my hand injuries this was created mostly by holding the pen in my fist rather than with thumb and forefingers. Also used as many workpath tool tricks as I could think of. It’s based on the character of Caroline from the game. You should play it. It’s hilarious.
Similarly this was an experiment following an online tutorial.
I bet you read that in Professor Farnsworth’s voice. If you didn’t, you need to watch more TV. If you’re still reading in his voice, you need to watch less TV. Nah, not really, no such thing as too much Futurama. Anyway, to business….
The new issue of Irregular Magazine is here!!! Hoorah! This issue, entitled BEASTS OF WAR, is packed full of RPG and wargaming articles, painting tutorials, gorgeous art and a plethora of reviews (one of which is by yours truly).
In terms of art, I recently completed an album cover and I’m now working on contributions for a steampunk RPG project. I can’t say much just yet, but I’ll be posting more when I can.
Did you know that as well as getting your own specific commission it’s also possible to buy prints of some of my previous work, as well as greetings cards and other fun things?
I now have an ArtFire Artisan Studio! A selection of individual postcards, notecards and greetings cards, as well as larger packs, will be listed here over the next few weeks. And the great thing about this site is that you don’t have to make an account in order to make a purchase!
I also have an Etsy Store including a few more knitting/craft focused items, there are a selection of Christmas cards still in my Folksy Shop and for prints of more or less everything (framed or not, on canvas or just on photographic paper) as well as mousemats, coasters, mugs, calendars (and even a jigsaw puzzle) take a look at the DeviantArt Store.
Ok, enough of that, we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled programming shortly….