Cover Art: Dark Side of Loridian

01 December 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

I recently made the cover art for DwD Studios' upcoming adventure module for their science fiction roleplaying game FrontierSpace entitled Dark Side of Loridian. It looks a little bit like this:

There goes the ship

I am also tasked with drawing several interior artwork which I will post here after the product has been released.

 

The Kido Watcher's Guide to Bavva

29 September 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Dice For Brains is an amazing Star Wars RPG actual play podcast, gamemastered by Ross Rockafellow using Fantasy Flight Games' Force and Destiny rules.

Dice For Brains

What makes the podcast stand out from other actual play podcasts is threefold: it is recorded well, crisp and clear voices of the players with hardly any disruptive external noises. Secondly, it sounds like the games have been edited professionally which presents the action very clearly to the listeners. Finally, the gameplay is extremely story-oriented whereby plot points AND dice result intepretations are sometimes repeated to ensure listeners do not get lost in the story. The players, like the professional actors they are, annunciate very clearly and speak out loud the action they are about to do and periodically what their player characters think of.

This makes for an extremely dramatic actual play record of the game sessions being played, which are also enhanced by original music and sound effects.

Listen to their podcast starting from the first episode here.

Recently I was asked to design a t-shirt for the Dice For Brains Teepublic merchandise store! The first design was released here recently. Click on the link here to view and/or purchase it.

The t-shirt was seen on Twitter recently, worn by @karohemd: 

Blew my mind. Anyway here's a close up view of the flame-rumped kido bird:

Flame-rumped kido
 

The Star Wars Show Fan Art

31 August 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Recent News, Star Wars
 

The Star Wars Show crew asked for some fan art of the Star Wars Show from the Twittersphere, so being a Twitterspheroid (or a spheroid of some sort) I thought I would oblige them.

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Check out the full artwork on ArtStation here. Also, click on the image above to expand it.

So here we have Andi Gutierrez in an Imperial gunner costume, Anthony Carboni in some smuggler's outfit with CH-33Z in his arms and Pablo Hidalgo at the back with the Star Wars Sourcebook. I tweeted the image a couple of days ago (see Appendix A below) and then it was featured (for about 2 seconds) on the latest Star Wars Show on YouTube!

Here be the latest episode of the show:

Don't forget to check out the other fan art submissions (and the rest of the episode) in the episode above.

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The relevant screenshot of the video. Click on the image to expand it.

96-page Galaxy Guide?

Wonder what were Galaxy Guides 17-36.

Also in the original tweet was the illustration I drew laid out as the cover to one of West End Games' old Galaxy Guides. This fake cover sadly did not appear in the episode.

In closing, I surmise this was as close as I would possibly get to being on Star Wars in a semi-official capacity.

Appendix A: The Actual Tweet

 

Porg Dameron

13 August 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

What if Poe Dameron was a porg? What if he still had his helmet and Glie-44 blaster pistol?

What then? What then?

Porg Dameron

I drew the above a couple of days ago, posted on Twitter and Facebook. It was even featured on Star Wars Reporter!

 

Porgcorn

05 August 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

The Imperial Talker tweeted about a dream he had involving popcorn. I chimed in and... things escalated.

This is a horror scenario really

Who knows, maybe we will discover in December that this IS an actual scene with Chewbacca and the porgs in Star Wars The Last Jedi.

 

Symposium Gift Artwork

01 August 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Teaching
 

At the language symposium last week, besides the two assignments I wrote about I also had a third task: Which was to sketch some artwork to be printed and presented as gifts to the special guests of the event. The common theme for each drawing was Perlis.

I drew them all in Krita separately. Photographic references, of course, were used.

Pandora gate

The university main campus gate.

The best part of the cave is the gelatinous cube

We have seen this cave before on this blog.

The masjid over the sea

We have seen this masjid before on this blog.

Best thing about living here are the mangoes

I assure you the photographic reference for this drawing was of Perlis Harumanis mangoes.

MPK is the Kangar Municipal Council

Padang Besar needs more bookshops, is all.

 

Rebel SpecPorg

26 July 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

Sketch Wars on Twitter had a porg theme over the week, so I thought I'd chip in with a porg wearing Rebel SpecForce outfit for some reason or other.

Porg Greyhelm

Well, I thought it was hilarious.

Here are some of the other participants' pictures:

 

Last of the FrontierSpace Chapter Pages

10 July 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

I have completed all the chapter header artwork for DwD Studios' upcoming FrontierSpace RPG. To remind ourselves, here are some more artwork from the last update.

Will work for passage

Chapter 11: Setting

The quasi-usual suspects

Chapter 12: Character Archetypes

Watch this space for updates on FrontierSpace RPG artwork and its release date.

 

Cannibal Halfling Logo Commission

20 June 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

Two years ago ago, I did a unit logo patch for Seamus Conneely's Star Wars RPG campaign. Seamus recently contacted me again to commission a logo for his website Cannibal Halfling Gaming. The site features reviews, essays and adventure logs of many tabletop roleplaying games.

Click on the halfling below to view the full image.

Cannibal Halfling Gaming
 

FrontierSpace Chapter Pages Redux

13 June 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

Meanwhile all through this month and the last, I have been slowly working my way through DwD Studios' artwork for their upcoming FrontierSpace RPG. As per the last update, here is a selection of scenes created for the chapter headers.

Gewgaws

Chapter 6: Technology

Bots

Chapter 8: Robots

Vroom vroom

Chapter 9: Vehicles

 

Early Ramadhan in Perak

02 June 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Family Pics
 
Balik kampung

I drew the artwork above while in Sitiawan.

It was the start of the second week of Ramadhan when we all drove to Perak for a long weekend to buka puasa with Irfan's grandparents. Also, there was some business to be had in Ipoh with Wan Cu and family facilitating said business.

It has been a while since we drove to their house in Ipoh from Sitiawan. I nearly got lost because the phone could not acquire the GPS signal long enough to tell us which direction we should take. But because of the ordeal we underwent, I think I will be able to remember it from now on.

The Ipoh Excursion

We left for home from Ipoh, heading north and parting ways with Atok and Opan at Wan Cu's place.

 

FrontierSpace Chapter Pages

14 May 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

Besides robots, I have also submitted some chapter pages to DwD Studios for FrontierSpace.

Chapter 2 Basics

Chapter 2: The Basics

Chapter 3 Character Creation

Chapter 3: Character Creation

Chapter 4 Species

Chapter 4: Species

I feel bad for the slow output though. The semester is almost over, so things might go faster after. The role-playing game is currently being playtested. Watch this space for the release of FrontierSpace from DwD Studios !

 

FrontierSpace Robots

10 May 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

FrontierSpace RPG artwork is currently underway, slowly thanks to gout and day job duties that had been increased greatly.

Here are some robotic preview artwork I have submitted to DwD Studios for FrontierSpace.

Maintenance Bot

Maintenance Bot

Service Bot

Service Bot

Scout Bot

Scout Bot

Lonely Soldier Bot

Soldier Bot

 

All Night's Black Agents Artwork on the Blog

28 February 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Nights Black Agents, Role Playing Games
 

The other RPG campaign I played in more-or-less regularly with the Gamers of Kuala Lumpur crew is Night's Black Agents where we played an group of international freelance agents with contacts with various countries' espionage network who were embroiled in a plot to take over the world. With dogs. Who might be sentient vampires. Also, an infectious hemovirus pathogen.

Here are all the drawings I made for various actual play reports I wrote for the campaign on this blog.

Abraham Von Helsing and Abraham Lincoln the ovcharkas

These were our pets and early warning system, the two Abrahams.

Half Kingdom is the band name

The team was knee deep in it at Eurovision 2013.

The pharmaceutical industry has gone to the dogs!

The logo for the pharmaceutical multinational up to no good.

Sami Härkönen hard at work

Sami Härkönen plays Street Fighter in a biker bar.

It should read "Concealed Sidearm".

Sami and Zlatan on undercover surveillance at Titan Park, Bucharest.

Inish Medical's R-Team Operatives

The Inish R-Team opposition team, with hemovirus-enhanced operatives.

Needs more onions and capsicum

Nikolai safely escorts Vin Cesarescu to where Sami and Zlatan are having some shish kebab for lunch.

He spent the whole battle dressed like this, by the way.

The Devil's Husband has an actual vampire for a wife.

Snicker snicker snicker!

The artist in question might not have been in his or her right mind, but in context this was true.

 

All Eclipse Phase Artwork on the Blog

25 February 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Eclipse Phase, Role Playing Games
 

Over the years I drew pictures for the actual play reports of Eclipse Phase that I played with the GOKL crew, I have never collected all the artwork in a single post... until now.

With the automatic rail rifle and diamond axe.

Hokusai Tarnungshaut my neo-octopus player character

Three employees of Fastball Express Inc.

Hokusai, Bishop-Six and Billy Cable Jr in spacesuits

The crew of the Fastball Special

The original Fastball Express crew during their pre-Venus days

From Garfield and Friends

The covert, tiny Sheldon morph

Venereal disease investigations!

Welcome to Parvati Aerostat on Venus

Clockwise from left - Hokusai, Mr. Snuggles, Gretchen Ambelina, Danai/Ina and Hokusai's Pulser

Montage as the team form Gamera Security on Venus

Borders book store is on your left, Guardian pharmacy is on your right

Main Street, Cloud Nine

Sneaky bastards

DANAI/Ina and Hokusai posing for a selfie while sneaking into Yamaha-Pacifica

He'll never get a leg up on things

The Janet morph

I heard you was dead

Hokusai in the Slitheroid morph

God forgive me for what I am about to do

Christoph de Beers of the Jovian Republic

Gamera of KL.

The Gamera Security (GamSec) logo

This neotenic does not see dead people. Causes death in people maybe...

Billy Cable piloting an ultralight

It's Willem Dafoe

Karamojo Bell even has a pith helmet vacsuit

Sit Ubu sit. Good dog. Woof.

The six-in-one Flexbot that shredded Karamojo Bell into a bloody smear, but it's okay. His cortical stack survived intact

A geisha banker

The Maiko Clarimonda in the Jorōgumo morph

BOOM! Headshot!

Bye, Maiko Clarimonda, but it's okay. She'll be reinstated from a backup with no memory of having her head blown off

Wandering Ina, Cable, Hokusai and Danai

The GamSec team descends to the Lucifer aerostat. Check out Danai in the little Sheldon morph beside Hokusai

Polar bear meatsuit!

The team finally meet Mr. Snuggles the ursomorph of the Teddy Bear Roadside Picnic Company

High pressure professionals

Hokusai and Danai are resleeved in q-morphs

Someone's gonna get lucky.

How is Thomas Bangalter alive on the surface of Venus without any pressure suit and speaking to the team in their mind?

A banner year

The campaign banner

So many other occurences that I did not during various earlier gmaing sessions before I started writing the play reports, such as...

  • Cable tumbling down Olympus Mons for two sessions -- at least
  • the team breaking Hokusai out of a sushi bar
  • driving with neo-chimpanzee trucker BJ the Bear
  • that time Bishop was sleeved in the neo-corvid morph (a.k.a the "chicken suit") for a reconnaissance mission at the 2309 Mr. Spock asteroid habitat in the Belt which turned into a one-man battle scenario while the others watched remotely from their ship
  • and that one time the team travelled to a protected section at the centre of Mars, discovered a Pandora Gate there and accidentally activated an alien device that gave the red planet a brand new magnetosphere.

Sadly, these happened before I began writing actual play reports in earnest here, so many a detail has been lost into dim memory, like tears in the acid rain. Good times, good times.

 

Luminous Shades of Blue

19 February 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork
 
It's all blue

I haven't had the opportunity to draw and paint anything for myself in the last several months. Maybe longer.

It ends today with this speedpainting I cooked up between various work-to-be-done-before-Monday.

 

Kangar Street Art Photos

04 February 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Recent News
 

I was busy all through to the end of 2016 that I was oblivious to stuff happening in Kangar. For example, I recently discovered an alley near the centre of town which had been adorned by colourful streetart apparently painted by schoolchildren from all over Malaysia.

I thought I would take a couple of photos for documentation's sake, because this must have been a really fun event for the attendees.

The title artwork as one enters the alley.

This one looks pretty lively.

It appears one of the artist is a student from Irfan's school.

 

The General

03 January 2017 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

I drew the General a couple of days ago with a pencil. Then I took a photo of it.

Or royalty even.

Later, General.

 

Yaya Creates Art

04 November 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork
 

It is a wonder to see my niece's Alya's artistic skills develop, receiving updates from my sister. She is not only becoming quite the artist, but her skills in digital art using rudimentary art tools are now very impressive for her age!

Here are a couple of drawings Alya made that Sila emailed me over the last couple of weeks:

Rowdy Ruff Boys

Here is a drawing of the Rowdy Ruff Boys, the male counterparts of the Power Puff Girls!

Sorry mama

When Alya really wanted to go trick-or-treating for Halloween last month and she might have made her mother mad.

From Steven Universe

Alya also loves Steven Universe.

Self-drawn Siblings

Here are both Alya and her little brother Rafiq in PPG style. Rafe a.k.a Adik is the onle with the long hair.

These are made freehand and with a mouse. I have also suggested they buy a graphics tablet for her and her brother to draw with. Perhaps they could use something more complicated than Paint; such as GIMP or Krita.

 

Raniq Arae - Jedi Pilot

24 October 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

Erik Jensen commissioned a drawing of his wife - who is a huge Star Wars fan - as a purple lightsabre swinging Jedi who also happens to be an X-wing fighter pilot. Also included is the astromech droid designated BB-2.

Raniq Arae

This is one of the rare instances where I draw an original Star Wars character which is not involved in any RPG campaigns.