Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Sketch: Cecil

Digital painting

I play quite a lot of pen and paper RPG games, as befits a good nerd. I often sketch whilst I'm playing, when I'm feeling productive. In the future, I will post these sketches here, if they are any good. Here we have a character from my current (rather off-kilter) Cthulhu by Gaslight game, Cecil the Monkey, the safari-hunting medium Contessa Boccioni's tiny alcoholic sex-maniac sidekick.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

The Golden Dawn

Golden Dawn
Digital painting

More play with shadow, colour and rays.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

The Dwarf Fortress Sketchbook

The first major project I undertook as DS Blake (though I didn't exactly know it at the time), was a collection of work inspired by the computer game Dwarf Fortress. I had just completed the first phase of my MA, and wanted to cleanse my artistic palate by doing something very different to the work I was doing at the time, that was more in keeping with the kind of work that lead me in to the world of art. I decided to give myself a fantasy illustration brief, to try and visualise a setting from scratch, using traditional media. When casting round for a subject, I wanted to choose something that did not already have a dominant visualistion; Dwarf Fortress, my favourite game, seemed a natural choice.

Sunday, 3 February 2013


My name is DS Blake. This blog is to post the fantasy and science-fiction art that I make when the mood takes me.