Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas creature drawings

The Germanic yuletide beast Krampus has become all the rage over here in America. Schmutzli is his slightly less grim counterpart from Switzerland (I learned about him from watching the Rick Steve's Europe Christmas special). After switching bad children I’d like to think they meet up for gingerbread and mulled wine at their local Christmas market.
Julenisser (Christmas gnomes) are my favorite Christmas creatures. In Norway and Denmark he is known as a “nisse”. In Sweden he is a “tomte” or “tomten”. Traditionally, Scandinavian families leave him a bowl of rice porridge overnight on Christmas eve, but I expect today’s gnomes wouldn’t mind a hot toaster pastry. (I painted a nisse miniature a few years back)

As you may have noticed, I haven't been posting on this blog very often. I'm trying to regularly post  drawings on my Tumblr blog, and I tweet nonsense every day on Twitter.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Rebuilding my 25-yr-old Lego Forestmen set.

This weekend I went through my bins of 25-yr-old Lego bricks, and my daughter and I re-built this old set. My original instructions were missing, but I found them online. This is set 6066 Camouflaged Outpost from 1987. It has lots of cool secret doorways.

It turns out my old Forestmen Lego minifigures are worth a small fortune. According to eBay they sell for about 5 bucks each!

My kids really enjoy playing with Legos, so we plan on getting into building a Medieval / Fantasy village and maybe playing some tabletop games with the figures.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A dwarf and his trophies

I've been taking a break from painting minis, but I have been drawing more. Here's an accomplished dwarf enjoying some down-time from dungeon crawling.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Diorama at Mammoths and Mastodons Exhibit

Life-size Columbian mammoth.
Today I visited the Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In contrast to the life-size sculptures of a mammoth, cave bear, and saber-toothed cat, there was a diorama of wee mammoth hunt. I'd say the figures are HO scale, maybe 1/76 or so.
Part 1: The hunter close-in on the mammoth.

Part 2: Carving up dinner.

Part 3: Storing the leftovers in a cool pond.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Beholder drawing

I bought my first set of brush pens, and this beholder is my test drawing.