|Figure 1. "What were those header dimensions again?"|
Figure 1 shows my original sketch that I've cannibalized to create the header through some Photoshop manipulation and the addition of the title using New Land Contour font. The font appears freely available across the net, and though I liked it initially, it's looking a little cramped now, so I may go for something different by the time the header is finalized.
|Figure 2. "Ape shall not kill snake..."|
The original idea, riffing on the theme of "Fantasy Game Book", was to go for an old grimoire or tome, from which were crawling a hideous host of small but horrific beasts. Figure 2 shows some sketches on the development of this concept. Figure 3 also presents further details on the precise types of creatures:
- Goblinoid, armoured, with weapon.
- Ape-beast with claws.
- Fanged scaly serpent with horns.
- Fire-breathing bat-bird with tattered wings.
- Slimey mollusc/frog hybrid.
- Insect/arachnid combination with pincers and stings.
|Figure 3. "All things foul and furious..."|
Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that the header dimensions were not conducive to displaying a horde of capering beasts, plus an ancient grimoire, plus my blog title. So, I appropriated the ones I liked the best - the armoured goblin and the flaming bat-bird - and then from nowhere came the image of the 'frog-ranger' complete with bow, arrows, and jaunty feathered cap, squatting amidst out-sized fungi. Figure 4 shows another sketch of this amphibian archer...
|Figure 4. I'm sure he'll give Aragorn a run for his money!|
Anyway, as and when time allows, the plan now is to sketch these fellows out in more detail, ink them up with black markers, and colour via Photoshop. It remains a work in progress, but at least now you know why. Rest assured, you can read about it in future updates right here (and nowhere else!).