The Saurials of the Lost Vale

04 October 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

Over the weekend, I worked on an art commission for Chris Constantin's upcoming update for his book The Saurials of the Lost Vale! Drawing fantasy dinosaur people will never ever be uncool.

...returns to the Forgotten Realms

From left to right: a parasaurolophus, a pteranodon, a triceratops and a stegosaurus! (Click on the thumbnail above to view a larger image.)

Dinosaurs that did not make the cut from the concept pencils were a dimorphodon, an allosaurus and a psittacosaurus. Features included in this Dungeons and Dragons supplement include:

  • The History of the Saurials and what has happened to them since the Finder Stone trilogy.
  • The Saurials, now updated for 5e Dungeons and Dragons.
  • The Lost Vale - gateway to Anauroch.
  • The Saurial Homeworld - rediscovered and fleshed out.

The Saurials of the Lost Vale is available from the Dungeon Masters Guild website here!

 

CH-33Z vs K-2SO

20 September 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

The Star Wars Show on YouTube called for more fanart from the internet of their mascot MSE-6 mouse droid CH-33Z.

Droid dust up!

As I have since been told that I am - more or less - part of this "internet", then here is something I made which includes a cameo appearance of Rogue One's own Imperial droid K-2SO.

 

Across The Stars: Impereporter

03 September 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

Presenting the second Across the Stars commission of the year, made last night: an Impereporter for the Technopapacy.

Spends a fortune on lens cleaner

The caption as written by Christopher Mennell reads: An impereporter prepares to film a congressional sermon lead by the senators of the technopapacy.

The illustration above began as a quick doodle I made during a meeting on Tuesday:

He/she is wearing sackcloth.

Someone cosplay this!

 

Across The Stars: The Bureaucrat

28 August 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
 

Across the Stars RPG artwork commissions have begun again! Below is the first illustration I made this year for this science fiction project:

Lots of form to fill in

According to the caption: A Garçon organizes appropriation documents for Hish, who is worried how much he'll pay in fines for the robot, a crashed starship, and insta-evac from the jungles of newly discovered Xanth.

 

SWD6: The Test of Truth Part 2

07 August 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics, Enteague Chronicles, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Strikeforce Enteague

Click here for The Test of Truth Part 1!

On their transport mission, the Nexus Point has crashed on an uncharted planet! Passenger Trace Traverse has disappeared! Their weapons are disabled! Unknown forces are closing in on the party!

Episode 04B The Test of Truth Part 2

Page 13: I could have done a better job showing the party exiting the ship from the Nexus Point's top hatch and then jumping onto the ground.

Page 13: All the fancy schmancy alien names here are made up years later, except for the name "Jorann".

Page 15: "The Forbidden Notch". Hur hur hur.

 

Selamat Hari Raya from the Department

30 June 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Recent News
 

Like last year I drew the workplace's Aidilfitri card again!

Click on the cropped picture below to see the full image:

Selamat Hari Raya

Thankfully I did not have to draw every single personnel like last year. Whew.

 

Grenadier Battle Droid

27 June 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

David Schwarz, a Star Wars D6 gamemaster and player, recently tweeted some homebrewed illustrations and stats of a droid he made before a game many, many years ago.

Homebrewed droid

This inspired me to draw a quick sketch of this ancient Mandalorian battle droid using GIMP.

Made with GIMP

Here are its stats:

Model: Grenadier 2A-1D
Type: Ancient Mandalorian battle droid
Dexterity: 3D+2
Mini missile ops: 7D+2 (damage: 7D+2)
Strength: 6D+2

 

SWD6: The Test of Truth Part 1

20 June 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics, Enteague Chronicles, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Strikeforce Enteague

The fourth session of the campaign was run in 1989 but I drew a comic of it some time in the mid 1990s. Because of the references in the first page, I would say this was pencilled some time after I got Galaxy Guide 9: Fragments From The Rim. (Perhaps in 1994 or 1995.)

Besides the first page, which is my attempt to establish that stuff happens all over the Galactic Empire, everything else should have happened more or less according to the game. The script is, obviously, not 100% as spoken by the players.

Because the comic has 24 pages, it will be divided between two blog entries with 12 pages each entry to minimise bandwidth strain, because graphics or something.

Episode 04A The Test of Truth Part 1

Last time on Strikeforce Enteague, a number of handpicked fringer-type agents were assembled and then transferred to the moon Enteague Minor in the Enteague Sector. The former commando Drew Greyhelm intention to form his strikeforce was coming to pass.

Page 01: There are references to Noval Garaint and Elshandruu Pica from Galaxy Guide 9, and Wenny Boggs from the Star Wars Sourcebook on this page.

Page 02: Enteague Minor establishing shot and the first pic of the team (so to speak). This was before Aurebesh, so "FIREBIRD" is in Latin alphabet.

 

Old Sketches for Star Wars Adventures

26 May 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

I would very much like to say that these are some of the oldest illustrations I have drawn to be used for Star Wars RPG (to be precise the Strikeforce Enteague campaign), but they are not. These were drawn in the mid-90s when I was running the "second season" of the campaign, so to speak, after I returned from my studies.

Regarding these illustrations: it occurred to me that I could fold a single A4 piece of paper into 8 sections and draw characters, scenes and computer displayes that I have planned to appear in the session. Note that not all of these were ultimately used in a session.

Click on each thumbnail to view the full image.

Ancient Staff of Power

This was the first session I ran upon coming home. I was lounging around at home when a bunch of youngsters - still in lower secondary school - accosted me at my door asking me to run the Star Wars RPG for them.

Ithorian and Sullustan scouts tell the player characters - a New Republic commando team - an Imperial Star Galleon in New Republic space. The Star Galleon lands at Elzethu Island in the Kinyen System. The group has to capture the crew, but the Imperial fugitives have taken an entire school hostage. Unbeknownst to the group, Captain Braxen possesses the powerful Staff of Qell Barakhbur.

I put the brakes on this group and storyline because the players were playing chaotic evil for some reason (Well, the reason was that they were young and have been playing D&D too long) and they held up a New Republic armory on Coruscant before the mission, then returned to Coruscant like a hundred New Republic Security Force would not be waiting for them to throw them into jail.

The Hunt for Ham Slacker

An Imperial Admiral was out for blood. Literally, a Ham Slacker's blood was required to activate Old Dead Palpatine's old exotic tech cache, something known as a X'thakk Capacitor Crystal. They are greeted by the Admiral graciously at his base on the prison planet Graynor.

The Hunt for Ham Slacker

Of course it's a trap. The team discovers a number of exsanguinated corpses and a list with Ham's name the only one not stricken. They have to rescue Ham on the frozen world of Kendell back in the Enteague Sector. The Admiral succeeds in raising the colossal crystal from beneath the ice. But there is a snag. The crystal only work on the extinct X'thakks.

Escalation

The first generation of player characters return to discover that their grandparents had fought Vurnase Gregh, a marauding Dark Side disciple.

Escalation

It turns out that Vurnase Gregh was about to unleash the powerful Dark Side spirit Herroth Rax and their grandparents died to stop him. Meanwhile, Herroth Rax was about to be released from his pocket universe that he was banished to and the team now had to find a way into that universe to kill him while he was depowered.

The Return of Genya Brock

Genya Brock, an Outlaw, is listed as Wanted: Dead by a criminal organization that ruled an entire planet. Also trying to capture him is Cragus 12 the bounty hunter from Star Wars Adventure Journal 01. They travel to the Oseon system to investigate.

The Return of Genya Brock

While the crime lord and his lieutenants scheme in the shadows, the team meets Platt Okeefe and Tru'ebb Cholakk of the Black Curs commando team. Boddu Bocck from Star Wars Adventure Journal 02 drops by to bag Genya. Of course he fails.

???

I have no recollection of when and for what I drew the above.

 

Cover for Deep Space Squadron

10 April 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Books
 

Ebb and Folks commissioned a new cover for an upcoming ebook entitled Deep Space Squadron.

Deep Space Squadron

Deep Space Squadron

Originally I designed the cover artwork to show the single multi-kilometre long capital warship Resolution under attack by smaller corvettes or frigates, but then it was decided to have less clutter.

Thus, only the Resolution remains in the final artwork.

Remember: Port is red. Starboard is green.

 

Kylo

29 March 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

Kylo Ren would be so happy to find a book with his pampaw on the cover.

First edition cover though

Hmm. Field Secured Container Vessel, eh?

 

Hishgraphics Illustrations Video

21 March 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Hishgraphics.com, Linux
 

I've been playing with OpenShot Video editor on this Linux Mint laptop.

I downloaded the one in the repository, which was v1.4. Keyframe animation was a joy with it, but I was not able to copy and paste animation properties from one video clip to another.

I did a little digging and I discovered that OpenShot 2.0 had been released recently and this version allowed me to copy paste animation properties. After the upgrade, I discovered that I had less control of the animation than I did with 1.4. (For example, I could go to and easily set the values for the start and the end of the horizontal position each clip with 1.4.)

In any case, this is the result of my tinkering about with OpenShot. I am certain I will get the hang of it as I keep using the program.

How is this for a TV commercial?

 

Finn

12 March 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

So here then be Finn a.k.a FN-2187 who appears glad to be running the Strike Force Shantipole module from West End Games. He can't wait to use the Star Destroyer deckplans therein.

That's a Wild Die that is
 

Poe

10 March 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

Here then is Poe Dameron son of Kes Dameron and Shara Bey. I heard he has a very nice X-wing fighter. And he handles it well, too.

Love is a drug

Also, I heard yesterday was actor Oscar Isaac's birthday. Happy birthday, Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada!

 

Rey

08 March 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

Here is Rey from Star Wars the Force Awakens, reading some sort of manual. I have it on good authority that she is the biological daughter of the Millennium Falcon and the space slug called Grendel.

Fragments From The Rim

 

Dinosaur Zombies and Robot Werewolves

25 February 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Books
 

Back in 2014 I made a cover for self-pubishing novelist Patrick F Murphy for his novel for young adult readers, entitled Attack of the Dinosaur Zombies. Earlier this year, I was commissioned to create an illustration for the sequel to that novel Howl of the Robot Werewolves.

You can not love books with those titles! Check them out at their links above.

Here are the covers I made for both novels.

Attack of the Dinosaur Zombies

Are they actually zombies? Or dinosaurs? I guess you'll just have to read and find out.

Howl of the Robot Werewolves

I kinda like how the reflection of the robot in the CRT screen turned out.

 

Three Structures

24 February 2016 | Hisham | | Artwork, Hishgraphics.com, Recent News
 

It appears that I have upgraded the blog from Pivot 1.4 to PivotX 2.3.11 after many months - no, years - of fretting if the CMS which has been vaporware for quite some time would die on us without warning. It was either get left behind by technology, or to upgrade. Upgrading runs the risk of causing irreparable damage. Especially to the ones and zeros that made up this weblog's flat file database.

Last weekend, I made the plunge.

It took me seven hours plus change just to import the old database to the new and there are still issues to be resolved. For example, the URL of each entry used to be ^blog/pivot/index.php?id=(number). Now their URLs end with ^blog?e=(number).

I need to read up on htaccess code to allow all the multitude of links I have dropped all over the internet over the years to be redirected to their new URLs.

Later.

Now, I think the blog looks great although I see requirements for more tweaks - especially in the template code - in the immediate future.

Finally, here is a picture I drew a month or two ago just to enliven this blog post.

Is that lava or red spotlight?

Three structures in the distance.

 

Troubleshooters Unit Patch

08 December 2015 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games, Star Wars
 

Find it! Shoot it! Make it!

Recently I completed a commission for a unit patch for a Rebel Alliance group known as the Troubleshooters for Seamus Conneely's Star Wars RPG campaign.

Unit patches are fun. I need to do more unit patches or nose art, like these:

Lava Jaeger YT-1300 nose art for Edged by the Empire campaign.

Modesty Blaze YT-1300 nose art for Modesty Blazing campaign.

 

My 10 Best Drawlloweens

14 November 2015 | Hisham | | Artwork
 

I discovered an activity called Drawlloween that someone made up to draw things daily in October in conjunction with Halloween. There is a list of topics, which you can see at my Google Photo album. Naturally, instead of spooky stuff I turned it into an absolute nerdfest.

Star Wars

Eyeball is of course the pilot slang for an Imperial TIE fighter, just like squints are TIE interceptors, dupes TIE bombers and bright TIE Advanced.

The Munsters

It's actually Herman Munster reading Promethean The Created rule book. Elsewhere in the album (But not in this blog post) are Michael Morbius reading Vampire The Masquerade and Jacob Russell readying Werewolf The Forsaken.

Battle Android Trooper

It's not a nerdfest without at least one obscure G.I. Joe reference...

Mobile Armored Strike Kommand

... nor without Matt Trakker and Miles Mayhem.

Spaceballs!

Barfolomew: "It's not that we're afraid, far from it, it's just that we've got this thing about death... It's not us."

Futurama

How many XPs do I get with a drawing that references Futurama which itself is referencing Star Wars and Harry Potter.

Dark Water

These aren't really skeleton. The dark water is making anything inorganic invisible.

The Empty Child

Could this child be any emptier?

Rapid Assault Tracker

StarCom was a pretty good toy and animated series. They should bring it back and reboot it for a new generation.

Marvel's Black Cat

Felicia. Nuff said.

Next time I should do tryptiches so I can fit everything into 10 images. Click here to view the entire Drawlloween 2015 galery on Google Photos.

 

Captain Ithano

11 November 2015 | Hisham | | Artwork, Star Wars
 

My second Star Wars The Force Awakens fan art is Captain Ithano a.k.a. the Crimson Corsair. He holds in his arm a guidebook for becoming a pirate or a privateer. (A letter of marque is required for the latter choice.)

This person should be found in Maz Kanata's castle.

Here's a close up of the book he's carrying which I painted from scratch using a photo of the actual book cover.

Written by Tim S. O'Brien