Not long ago I posted a link to information on this piece I illustrated for Ulisses Spiele's "Das Schwarze Auge" solo adventure - "Der Rote Schlächter". Here is the art in full with a link to the official German page.
Prints are available now and will be with me at upcoming conventions.
You can find out more (in German) at:...
I'm excited to announce that my dragon art, "Not All Treasure is Gold," was accepted into the IBA (Infected By Art) print annual. I'm grateful to be included in this collection of so many talented artists from around the world.
IBA is an annual online collection and printed book representing and encouraging art in the genre of "imaginative realism." In elder times this was called "fantasy and science fiction art," but now it recognizes multiple mediums and approaches, with an... ever-growing expansion of what defines "imaginative realism."
My thanks to the judges and publishers for the opportunity. Look for the printed book later this year!
A glimpse of things to come... dark and glorious, in equal measure.
Last November I started work for Das Schwarze Auge (The Dark Eye,) one of the world's longest running RPG games from Germany.
Recently, they posted a preview of that work, art which will be published later this year....
My thanks to the entire team at Ulisses Spiele for the opportunity to work with them. This is just a partial preview. Keep an eye out for more of this image direct from Ulisses Spiele in the weeks to come.
This weekend saw the release of a new L5R expansion pack and one of the cards, "Mountaintop Statuary" features my previously published L5R art "Pillars of Virtue". It's exciting to see the art return, but erroneously, it's credited to Noah Bradley. Noah did a lot of great art for the game, but this isn't one of his.
If you're part of the L5R community and want to help get the correction out, please share on your pages and any L5R related pages. I've already communicated with ...Fantasy Flight and they're very sorry about the mix up.
To those who help out, thank you. L5R wouldn't be the game it is, or such a huge part of my creative journey, if not for all of you.
In just over a week Charles Urbach will be back in his home territory - Syracuse NY - as a guest at Retro Game Con. Come to the con for great electronic and tabletop gaming, gaming music, and awesome cosplay. Get your CCG cards (MAGIC, L5R, and many more) and games signed (for FREE) by Charles and check out his latest projects.
It's been almost a week since Dragon Con came to a close and even as the real world comes storming back with all it's challenges, I wanted to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who was so generous and supportive at the con. On every level, this was the most energized and successful Dragon Con yet, with an outpouring of community and gratitude like none I've seen before.
Thanks to all of you who embraced the new dragon art, “Not All Treasure is Gold,” along with many favori...tes from past years that seemed to find even more life this time around. I know some of you weren't able to get the prints you wanted, and I'm sorry we didn't anticipate the demand. It was humbling and overwhelming. All you have to do is contact me here and we can make sure you get what you wanted. Next year, I'll try to be better prepared!
I'm also very grateful for the turnout at my panels and Colored Pencil workshop. This is the second year I've tried to explore the educational opportunities of the con, and the response from you was spectacular. I'm already looking at fine tuning and expanding my programming for next year, in the hope I can share more of it with other artists and fans. Your passion and excitement should be rewarded!
With everything going on in the world, my heart and prayers go out to those dealing with those challenges directly. I know many of you are in those regions impacted by storms, fires, and earthquakes, and I've been heartened to see how many are prepared. We've been working to help those we can, and networking others who are in position to offer aid in ways we can't. Be safe, my friends.
It's a long year before the next Dragon Con, but I'm already looking forward to seeing you again and bringing new art and adventures to the con. More importantly I can't wait to see what all of you have in store for me!
Next week is Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA. The Art Show in the Hyatt is growing, offering a great opportunity to meet one on one with original creators and purchase unique, original content. Starting last year, they added art centered programming in the same area - allowing artists and fans to interact like never before.
I'm back this year in my booth - with special items (including canvas prints) in the Gallery and Print Shop. Once again, I'll be teaching Colored Pencil Techniq...ues in an open, free panel - but this year I'm also offering advanced hands-on work in a limited seating, paid workshop. Alongside several other talented artists, I'll be moderating a panel on the joys, challenges, and business of selling art at conventions. Please check the comments below for details.
I'm premiering new products this year including four designs of stationery cards, new play mats and for the first time at Dragon Con - mouse pads. After the demand of last year, there will also be a selection of canvas prints in my gallery bay. Come by my booth early for the best selection and you can be among the first to pick these up.
And as always, if you have game cards from Magic, L5R, Star Wars, or any other game I've worked on, bring them by for FREE signing. I'm always glad to sign a few for the people who keep me working!
Thank you for so many years of friendship and encouragement.
Hard to believe Gen Con is almost here! Fans and friends in this group have been so supportive over the last few years and I wanted to let you know I'm back in my booth on the edge of the art show - in aisle 600!
I'll be premiering new products this year including four designs of stationery cards, new play mats and for the first time - mouse pads. There will also be a selection of smaller canvas prints. Come by my booth early for the best selection and you can be the first to pick these up.
After some fantastic adventures in the Midwest, this weekend (July 21-23) I'm headed south to Charleston, West Virginia for the Charcon gaming convention. This year it's being held in a brand new venue - the The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences - but it's the same great event, with some of the friendliest and most dedicated gamers I've met, in a beautiful part of the country.
If you're anywhere nearby, it's worth a drive to check it out, meet some amazing people, and maybe pick up some cool art. Hope to see you there!
A collection of illustrations emphasizing my work on architectural designs and imaginative environments, all for publication.
How about a trip to Wisconsin for the Let's Play convention! I'm excited to join with other guests including Margaret Weiss, Jolly Blackburn, John Kaufeld, and more at the Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton from June 30-July 2, for a weekend of fun, education, and great gaming of all kinds.
Let's Play is a Northeast Wisconsin-based convention which focuses on the Community Play Experience featuring tabletop gaming, video and retro gaming, cosplay, pinball, music and more. There will also be seminars, demonstrations, and a lot of community interaction.
Can't wait to see you there!
This week, the summer convention season opens with Origins Game Fair June 14-18 in Columbus, OH. In between games, come see me at my booth in the exhibit hall. There will be new art, new products, and many tales to tell. I'll also be offering colored pencil classes on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm. The classes will run 2 hours and the cost (in convention tickets) is $20 per class. Materials will be provided and seating is limited.
This year, the artist area is in the back of the hall, near the Origins awards. Just head straight along aisle 600 when you come in the doors! There are many new artists this year as well as a lot of familiar favorites.
Gaming starts on Wed June 14, the Exhibit hall opens for business on the 15th. Visit http://originsgamefair.com/ for more information. Hope to see you there!
"Not All Treasure is Gold." Colored Pencil Art for Origins Game Fair 2017.
The idea for this art goes back a very long way, to a point in my career when I was just getting started in fantasy illustration. At that time, I was trying to explore fantasy imagery that didn't rely upon the usual fantasy tropes. One of the pieces I created depicted a pair of thieves stealing a book from a vast library - right under the noses of the library's guardians, one of which was a large eleph...antine creature.
I was eager to push past the more commonplace fantasy visuals, so instead of depicting a dragon, I created this enormous guardian monster and a narrative that included dimenisonal portals and multi-limbed, leather clad curators. It was a bold move from a fresh young fantasy artist... a bold move no one enjoyed or purchased.
Over the years I've been hoping to revisit the idea in a more accessible manner and once again, Origins Game Fair provided a great opportunity to do that.
This specific idea and composition first saw life as a sketch on a Magic proof card. When I began the more developed version, I tried many variations - ultimately returning to the card. Sometimes (I'd say often) those first energetic line strokes turn out to be the best solution. That card sized sketch became the rough line art for this 17x22 inch original.
Prints are available in the following sizes and pricing (including U.S. shipping).
Print on 8.5 x 11 inch paper (image is approx. 7 x 10 inches) - $17.00
Print on 13 x 19 inch paper (image is approx. 12 x 16 inches) - $40.00
Print on 17 x 22 inch paper (image is approx. 16 x 20 inches) - $90.00
Discounts available for multiple purchases.
Message me here or email at email@example.com to arrange purchase.
Previews of the new Legend of the Five Rings game from Fantasy Flight keep rolling out and I recently found out that another one of my images is making an appearance in the new game. This time, it's "Spirit of the Duelist", making its return as "Duelist Training."
I'm glad to see this art returning to the game. It's one of my favorites from my post-stronghold work and is popular with fans inside and outside of the L5R community. I had a feeling people would respond well to th...is image, so it was created with two versions in mind.
On the card, the art features the young student and her Master. The Master initiates the duel with a traditional Crane clan gesture. This version has a more specific narrative and connects closely with the game world.
In the second (and my preferred) version, the Master is omitted - leaving the narrative more open to interpretation. It's not a case of one image being better than the other, they're just different - with different goals and subtleties.