Sunday, September 7, 2014

Winds of the Ice Forest

Hey all

I just published another adventure module for use with old school RPGs: Winds of the Ice Forest.

Go forth, roll dice, win.




Friday, August 29, 2014

Wizard Pickles page 11 of 12 - The Showdown

The Penultimate Pickle!!! The first person to solve this one wins a prize!!!!!

See here for details:

http://www.patreon.com/creation?hid=868926&rf=117871


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Intelligent Life

Some fan art I did for Wizard David's new syndicated strip -- go check it out at http://intelligentlifecomics.com



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A new cartoon I just did for a new book from Goodman Games called "Monster Alphabet". It's a follow up to their successful "Dungeon Alphabet" from a few year ago. I got to do "Q is for Quill". If you like the art you find here on WizardsOfUr.com, then you will probably also love these Art Books from Goodman, featuring stellar old-school RPG art from some of the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG regulars.




Sunday, May 18, 2014

Wizard Pickles page 04/12

Wizard Pickles page 4:


See the rest at http://www.wizardpickles.com

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wizard Pickles

My new project is a children's book & it needs your support! Come and check it out on Patreon.com where you can see me in my first ever internet video:

http://www.patreon.com/cartoon



Saturday, January 11, 2014

It's been quite a qhile since I've posted something on this blog. My apologies. I've recently started making some eye-candy again after an almost 2 year break. These are just some, "getting my feet wet" pics. Hope you like `em.






There will be more to come. I feel a bit rejuvenated.
Thanks,
AP. Furtado

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I just published my first RPG adventure module "Howler". Check it out at RPGNow!

For those going "what's a module?", this is an adventure scenario for fantasy role playing. Y'know...D&D type stuff. In fact, this one is based on the 3.5 rules made available by the Open Game License.

And I gotta tell ya, this was as much fun to create (if not more) than most comics I've ever done. I'm already digging into Doomslakers Adventures #2.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Raise Dead, Level 5

Weird that I haven't posted here in...I have no idea how long. Remedy time!

Back in 2012 I published Blood Red Vol 1. It's a 64-page pin-up book filled with the kinds of femme forms I like to draw. Typically busty with very little clothing and carrying heavy weapons. Or something like that. You can lay hands on the book here in print or here in digital form.


I just submitted Vol 2 for listing and I'll post that link as soon as Ka-Blam has it up. In the second installment I added comics to the mix. The b&w version of one of my Pan-Gea stories is in there plus a bunch of goofy Dungeon Minds comics like these:




I've also been doing a lot of work on RPG design. Actually I've been obsessed with it for a year, burying myself in text files and mostly ignoring everything else. I tend to do that once or twice a decade.

I'm not sure who is actually checking the ole Wizards of Ur page these days but I'll be posting a bit more frequently. So stop by and check it out.

Tony, Chuck, Nate, Travis...and whoever else might have posted here in the past...I hope you are all doing awesome!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Cor Blok

Third and final of my three 'Share the Love' posts today is for Cor Blok and his amazing illustrations for Lord of the Rings.

Fifty years ago, shortly after The Lord of the Rings was first published, Dutch artist Cor Blok read the work and was completely captivated by its invention and epic storytelling. The breadth of imagination and powerful imagery inspired the young Dutch artist, and this spark of enthusiasm, coupled with his desire to create art that resembled a historical artefact in its own right, led to the creation of more than 100 paintings. Following an exhibition at the Hague in 1961, JRR Tolkien's publisher, Rayner Unwin, sent him five pictures. Tolkien was so taken with them that he met and corresponded with the artist and even bought some paintings for himself. The series bears comparison with the Bayeux Tapestry, in which each tells an epic and complex story in deceptively simple style, but beneath this simplicity lies a compelling and powerful language of form that becomes more effective as the sequence of paintings unfolds.

These are a really refreshing take on Tolkien's work, and much closer in style to Tolkien's own illustrations for the Hobbit. I love the current Peter Jackson movies, and the artwork of John Howe and Alan Lee but their more realistic depictions have come to dominate the genre lately. These are a nice step back in time, and retro is what we love here in Tower of Ur. Kind of reminds me a bit of Tove Jansen's Moomins illuutrations.










Steve Cox

Another british-based illustrator whose work I have recently discovered is Steve Cox. He's coming a little more from the children's book illustration arena, which I seem to be moving more into these days, so I was admiring his work from that perspective, but then I found he's done quite a bit in the fantasy arena too, which I thought was well worth sharing here.

Official Website: Steve Cox Illustration
Blog: Steve Cox Blog





From a trading card game called Lords of War:








Also check out this crazy Pop-up book project he did -- so much fun. I'd love to work on something like this!: Pop-Up Spooky Castle

   





Matt Dixon

So while I'm here, there's a few 'Share the Love' type posts I've been meaning to make. The first is for fantasy illustrator Matt Dixon, who's work I recently discovered. As you may already have guessed, it was a bit of an influence on my work for Battle Maerchants. I love Matt's comical tone and the fun subjects he chooses. I also love his color palette and his use of lost and found edges, and the general looseness of his style. Does the fact that he is British have anything to do with it. No, but I was pleasantly delighted when I found out that he is!

His Official Site: http://www.mattdixon.co.uk
His Deviant Art Page: MattDixon on deviantART

This was the first image of his that I found while I was researching orcs for Battle Merchants. The more I looked at it, the more I loved it:


Here are some others that are sure to appeals to the denizens of Ur. Although my guess is that you would probably enjoy most all of his work:




















Ahh well, I could go on all day. He also does some very cool things with halloween-type characters such as witches and zombies and Frankensteins etc. Also cyberpunks and sci-fi. :)

Battle Merchants

It has been another age since life last stirred within the dusty halls of the Tower of Ur. But once more, those great doors with their intricate carvings creak open, and a lone wizard returns from his wanderings throughout the wastes of the universe. How much time has passed? Months... Years... Centuries... Eons? He cannot tell. But the rituals and rites of the Wizards of Ur remain steadfast and unchanging, the passage of time means nothing here....

So, I've got a bit of new Ur-worthy work to share. I've been off doing a lot of children's book illustration and suchlike of late, which you can always take a look at over on my website: http://www.whelon.com

But I've been doing some stuff for a new board game called BattleMerchants for Minion Games, and here's some of what I've done so far.

Next I need to tackle the cover art, but here are the actually characters that grace the board. In the game you play a medieval arms-dealer selling weapons to the the local tribes of Orcs, Hobgoblins, Elves and Dwarves who are always doing battle with one another. Your job is not to care who wins, but to make as much profit as possible from their activities!

Here are the four merchants:







And here are the four races:






As you can see, I went with a bit of a more painterly style than I usually do. I've been doing a lot of cartoony stuff for children's books, which has been really fun, but I thought this project would be a good excuse to try my hand at something a little meatier.

Here's the current version of the board. The more astute wizards among you will not that I have made ample use of Wizard Nate's premium font 'Dwarvern Axe' from his Blambot.com site. I feel like this is the job that that font was born to do! It's absolutely perfect for it anyway ;) I still need to tweak the Logo quite a bit, haven't really done much to that yet, but you get the general idea.