36 Months (aka Third Birthday)

31 July 2011 | sila | | Family Pics

Not too terribly late this month! And here is the 3-year-old Yaya on the morning of her birthday!

3-year-old Yaya says Hi!

Before we start, just a note that this is going to be the last of the long monthly blog recapping her entire day. While I'm torn about the decision, I think three years of this has been a lot. I'm not going to stop blogging on her birthday, just not quite as long an entry just chatting about what she's done or accomplished, and maybe one or two pictures. Three years is a long time. I'll miss it. But there will still be long entries when we have stuff to say. Plus with Yaya's Adik's impending arrival, inshallah, in the interest of equality I will try to do a monthly blog for the new little one when the time comes and Yaya will no doubt be prominently featured in those. Right? ;-)


Boy or girl? The sequel

31 July 2011 | sila | | Family Pics

I meant to share this a lot earlier but time got away from me. Yaya is getting an Adik (little sibling)! This was taken on 28 June 2011, when Adik was at 13 weeks and 1 day old. Adik was definitely active and having a dance party in there while we looked on. (S)he seems to be doing fine so far. Next ultrasound in a few weeks.

Adik's profile

We are all very excited (well I don't know how excited Lily is) but the rest of us are psyched to welcome a new addition to our home and family (EDD 2 January 2012). Wish us all luck in the upcoming months! :-)


SWD6: The Rancid Putrefaction of a Cosmic Caterwauling Cabal

30 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, GOKL Actual Play, RPG Actual Play, Role Playing Games, Star Wars

Last Sunday, I ran a Star Wars RPG D6 game for the GOKL group. It started out as a one-shot, but who knows; the tale might continue another time.

The Rancid Putrefaction of a Cosmic Caterwauling Cabal

Episode 312: All Heaven Broke Loose

Long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, aboard the space station Kwenn that served as deep space commerce and transport hub, there was a Rebel cell, who sat all day for days in a spacer's cantina named The Drunken Dewback, waiting for their first mission. Then one day the young bartender gestured them to the bar. She told them to go to Anchorhead on Tatooine where they will be given an important mission briefing.

Chapter One - We're So Starving

The Rebel cell consisted of Avril Mantessa, Pew Pew and Tyvokka.

Avril was a young Jedi who had been cloistered away and trained by her Jedi parents in secret after the Jedi Purge. She has yet to use her lightsabre in combat. Pew Pew was a short furry Ewok gunslinger who wore a wide-brimmed sombrero, a poncho and a pair of blaster pistols. No one knew where he came from. And finally, Tyvokka was a Wookiee who owed a life debt to a pirate who died recently. Finding himself without an aim in life, he signed up with a group of rebels.

A view from the gm screen

Lompy watches as Tyvokka the Wookiee mulls over his next step with Pew Pew the Ewok strapped to his chest baby pouch.

The trio headed down to the spaceport levels and entered a bay filled with light freighters and transports.


Bare Bones Cover Process

28 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

The Bare Bones Game System published by DwD Studios - the rules-lite, role-playing game featured in the previous post - also required a cover art. I was commissioned to produce a comic-style scene of the characters in the fantasy template cards appropriating loot.

Here is the step-by-step process of how the cover came to be.

This is a cropped thumbnail, bushi.

Click on the above to view the full artwork. Or you could also scroll down to the end of this blog post for it. 

I start with a rough sketch of the cover in black and white, overlaid with the margin and bleed marks.


Bare Bones

26 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

The Bare Bones Game System - to be published by DwD Studios - is a rules-lite, multi-genre role-playing game formatted onto playing card-sized cards. Here are artwork for players that will be printed on card-sized character sheets for a standard fantasy-type world with the usual suspects: Human, Elf, Halfling and Dwarf.

A wizard of some sort
A ranger of some sort
A thief of some sort
A fighter of some sort

Villains and Vigilante Card Art

25 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork

Recently, I have been commissioned by Superhuman Games to produce seven Power Cards for their licenced Villains and Vigilantes card game. I am honoured to be illustrating scenes with characters created by Jeff Dee.

Tussle on the Tracks

Spyder and Condor are grappling on the subway tracks as a train approaches.

Spectral Storm

Dreamweaver issues forth a host of spectres in combat.

Mind Over Matter

Motivator telekinetically causes Space Racer to feel pain in his gut.


Cargo Ships for Sages of RPG

24 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork

While the previous entry featured the tugboats in this card game by Sages of RPG, this blog post feature the boats they guide in. As before, there are four different boat companies in the game!

Blue Bonnet Boating

Green Goblin Groceries

Purple Pirate Parcels

Red Rabbit Rentals

and the card back:


Tugboats for Sages of RPG

23 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork

Here are some tugboat illustrations for a card game by Sages of RPG. Watch this space for more details on the card game!

Blue Bonnet Boating

Green Goblin Groceries

Purple Pirate Parcels

Red Rabbit Rentals

And the card back:

Check out the next entry for the cargo ships they guide in... using the game rules.


35 Months

10 July 2011 | sila | | Family Pics

Can we just pretend that this is on time? Or at least not so late that the girl is almost 36 months old? No excuses really. Anyway, here is our 35 month old Yaya (almost 3 years old now!!!! wooooo!).

I'm in a hotel crib!

Power Pack: Cornered

06 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork, Comics

Power Pack is one of Sila's favourite comic books back in the day. When I thought about submitting art to the Cornered blog where artists reproduce corner art from comic books, I figured, "Why not Power Pack?" Here they are: Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie Power!

Zero-G, Lightspeed, Mass Master and Energizer

Click here for the Cornered blog entry.

Click here for a larger image at DeviantArt.



02 July 2011 | Hisham | | Artwork

Irfan's robot design takes the spotlight in this blog post.

It's a red giant robot with claws on its left hand and a machine gun on its right hand.