Saturday, 12 October 2019

Castle Grauenberg- Rough Nights & Hard Days



Just another behind the scenes, showing the initial line drawing and then final painting for castle Grauenberg for Cubicle 7's Rough Nights & Hard Days. More about the book here:

https://www.cubicle7games.com/product/rough-nights-hard-days/  

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Richmond Castle, English Heritage


Richmond castle as it would have been seen in the 11th Century, commissioned by English Heritage a few months back. The image shows the castle as it would have looked like just after it was first built by the early Norman conquerors of England. It was built by Alan Rufus, Duke of Brittany, to control the north for Normans. And once again shows the term "Norman" shouldnt be used, as it was a northern French invasion of England and all over northern France they came, even Flemish from the lowlands.

This was a great project to work on as English heritage have full time historians who research for your illustration. Which is great as it adds a whole another layer to the image, as that person can spend the time digging deep into the research and so I also learn alot from the experience. So aspects like three different kinds of wattle fencing, several different styles of housing materials, colours of clothing came from this rich research and makes the image much more of a team work experience.

More about the castle can be found here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richmond_Castle

Sunday, 29 September 2019

A grudge comes calling


Just another short 1 hour long daily (ish) sketch, with a couple of hours added ontop after I liked it. Not as finished as I would like it but its supposed to be a sketch in the end. Reading recently about the 16th-17th century Irish in Spain. After the fall of the Gaelic world, many traveled to serve in the Spanish armies throughout their Empire, often returning when a new rising occurred back home. This image was just an idea which came to me while sketching. Many of the Gaelic nobility had a prickly sense of honour and often would bring their grudges with them to the new world.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Victorian Streets sketch


Taken to exploring and researching about Dublin recently, as I have mentioned before. Thoroughly impressed by how much of a 18th-19th century architecture survives and been using that as inspiration for sketching Here just one of my daily speed paints tidied up somewhat. Tis fun to do this sort of thing, explore, test out ideas and think things through and if it goes wrong through in the bin, as most of them do! This one I liked enough to finish up to show.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Warhammer Fantasy- Kemperbad- sketch & final


A bit of a behind the scenes for the Kemperbad image, showing the initial sketch and then the final. This was done for Cubicle 7 Entertainment's Rough Nights & Hard Days RPG recently released. I often like to start with black and white like this as its a great way of brainstorming the design of the graphic shapes. Sometimes its just a silhouette but here Im playing with the shadow shapes and working out the rhythm of the elements with something called permutation, where one movement is continued by the next, e.g. each elevator support in a different position, creating a movement. The Book can be found here: https://www.cubicle7games.com/product/rough-nights-hard-days/

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Inn on the Reik


Another interior illustration I did for the recently released Rough Nights & Hard Days by Cubicle 7, based in the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying universe. This from the start of the book, showing the inn where the adventure begins...

Friday, 30 August 2019

Gollums Cave


A recent piece done for Cubicle 7 Entertainment upcoming 2nd edition of the 'The One Ring' core rule book.  Which is now available to pre-order here: https://bit.ly/32fzsPJ

This one was a blast to do but was quite the fun challenge to try and design a cave to represent Gollum and the slow gnawing corruption of the ring.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Midnight Elope Schloss Grauenberg- Rough Nights & Hard Days


 Another interior illustration done for the recently released Rough Nights & Hard Days by Cubicle 7, based in the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying universe. This time part of a fun adventure where two young lovers elope while the castle is crawling with all sorts of intruders! 

Sunday, 18 August 2019

The shire


Another piece done for Cubicle 7's 2nd edition of  the core rule book for the 'The One Ring', this time showcasing the shire

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Gravin Maria Ulrike von Liebwitz- Rough Nights & Hard Days


Another pieces for Rough Nights and Hard Days, over at work in Cubicle 7. I dont get to do characters often so this was a real joy. The costume of the period that inspired warhammer fantasy, ielate medieval/early modern/renaissance, is just so elaborate and beautiful, so had plenty of ideas to help me along the way. 

Kemperbad- Rough Nights & Hard Days- Cubicle7


Another image I did for Rough Nights and Hard Days over at my work in Cubicle 7. A bit of back story, Kemperbad is a free town in the Reik, and is built on a cliff, so was alot, I mean ALOT of fun trying to design this one. How could one build onto the side of a cliff, how would the paths between the houses be. Also there was an elevator system, so I had to try to figure out how one would be built with medieval technology, while wrapping these up with nice rhythms. 

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Castle Grauenberg- Rough Nights & Hard Days


Rough Nights & Hard Days is out! So I can start sharing some work I did for that particular book. Rough Nights & Hard Day is one of the books we recently made over at Cubicle 7 Entertainment Its set in the Warhammer Roleplay universe and this particular image is Castle Grauenberg, the seat of House Saponagtheim, and sits on a rock overlooking the river Bogen. More about the book here in todays blog post over at Cubicle7!

https://www.cubicle7games.com/wfrp-rough-an-almost-ready/?fbclid=IwAR2HgCKwqCSYN-AFuNSqxuhFX847X6y7VcYPIi7AcWDvprW7iRPBlSQ4cMk

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Power Behind the Throne Companion Cover


Its been a real pleasure working on Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay over the last 10 months or so for cubicle 7, especially when I get the chance to do a cover, like this one for the companion book to the 'Power behind the Throne', third book in the Enemy within campaign.

Of course one of the great things about working in a company is you arent ever alone doing a piece of art, and this one was no exception, the art direction of Andy Law​, my producer, has been fundamental in making this image work. The to and fro of ideas and constructive criticism has only improved my work exponentially, so hats off to him! More about the upcoming up book here:

https://www.cubicle7games.com/wfrp-power-behind-the-throne-enemy-within-campaign/

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Minas Tirith

One of the recent pieces I have done for the company I work( Cubicle 7) and our upcoming 'The One Ring' core book based in Tolkiens Middle earth. Art direction from Emmet Byrne​, whose encouragement, sharp artistic eye and design philosophy has really pushed the art in directions which it would have never gone without him. Also Francesco Nepitello​ the lead writer, has been a big help throughout this image, and many others I am currently doing for The On Ring, the ideas and absolute bottomless well of information he is has been pivotal to producing the quality work we have been doing, he would make Tolkien proud! More here: https://www.cubicle7games.com/torsday-art-reveal/?fbclid=IwAR0K0XiarTIp_7aPn-LeHBcaIEnV2omJRfJGkXZwanbQUu8jyMes_JFWchM

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Victorian Dublin


This could be any Victorian Quay in Ireland or Britain but I was thinking of Dublin specifically while doing this. I have been studying the 19th century alot in the last few months and looking at its artists, especially Grimshaw, while attempting to see if I can capture that mood and feeling, this my latest attempt

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Death on the Reik Companion Cover

Working for cubicle 7 has been a constant blast, but one of the great joys of working there is I am sometimes given covers to do for some of our great books. Here is the cover for Death and the Reik companion book. Before I take credit for all as artists often tend to do, it wouldnt have ended up as good as it did without the great art direction, vigilance and passion of my producer, Andy Law. More info about the book here: https://bit.ly/2LFR5mT

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Luggershall Market Cross


A black and white sketch I did for English Heritage about a year ago. It was to show a market cross in Luggershall, Wiltshire, UK during market day

Monday, 24 June 2019

Victorian Harbour



Another quickish one from the weekend, just playing around really

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Romantic landscape


Just developing a more traditional style of speed painting, while researching the 19th century

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Georgian Costume Sketch


Just keeping the figural practice up while studying Georgian Dress

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Broch of Gurness Boards up!



Some shots of what some of 2 of the final boards look like in Broch of Gurness which I did the illustrations for

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Ballintober Castle


Recently I was commissioned by Roscommon County Council to do a reconstruction of how Ballintober castle may have looked like at its peak. Supported with expert advice from Naill Brady and the latest gradiometry, ground penetrating radar survey, geophysics and resistence surveys of the site, we created a reconstruction of what it may have looked like at around the 14th century.

Ballintober is the ancestral castle and its still owned, by the O'Conors of Connaught, who reside in Clonalis House in Castlerea. It is one of a string of great Anglo Norman castles around Roscommon,  including Rindown and Roscommon. It is what is called a 'keepless castle', one where the emphasis was on accommodation in the curtain walls rather than purely on defence.

It has 4 projecting corner towers surrounding a sub-rectangular interior space. Here was see what it may have looked like from within the gate house which was off centre in the bawn. The towers were polygonal and the one in the south west , seen here at the left,was 3 storeys tall and had 2 external projections, one for an exterior stairs and another more accommodation. While the other corner tower seen here is 4 storeys high and eventually become a fortified tower house with still an ornate fireplace there to this day.

The bawn, had a large rectangular courtyard area with three building surrounding it. One in the south was made of wood, may have been a stables or the like, while the other stone house in the north with buttresses may have been a church. They are unsure what the central stone building may have been. There was more structures in the side, including the covered portico of one seen in the right but the others could not be seen in this angle.

The castle has a fascinating history, it is unsure who built it but it was probably the Normans though some do claim it may have been a Gaelic build but certainly later on it became a stronghold of the O'Conors themselves, as like the rest of Gaelic Ireland they slowly reconquered what was once their inheritance. Sadly for the majority of Gaelic Ireland it was not to last, but amazingly the O'Conors of this area were able to hold onto their lands through the various trials and tribulations after the Tudor conquest on beyond.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Distant Worlds


Recently, on my time off I have fallen in love with researching nature (mostly geography). I started to do this to fill in some gaps of my knowledge as while I have spent years studying landscape painting, architecture, archaeology, even some physics etc ... I have only a rudimentary understanding of the universe and how planets are made. I always wanted to do this but unfortunately in archaeology & history you dont really have much need for it. So the good thing about Sci Fi & fantasy, is it allows you look at science and use that fuel your imagination as you try to come up with some interesting designs for alternative worlds. And who doesnt want to explore strange other worlds?

Sunday, 5 May 2019

The Derry Walls



A reconstruction commissioned by Tipperary County Council & Derry Walls of what Derry  could have looked like in 1619 based on pynnars map and with input from various historians & archaeologists. Here it is on display for the 400 year anniversary just launched

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Meet the team Tuesday Cubicle 7



Meet the team Tuesday over at Cubicle 7, featuring myself!

http://cubicle7.co.uk/team-tuesday-jg-odonoghue/

Monday, 1 April 2019

Volcanic Pancake dome Speed Paint


A little speed paint done in about 1 hr and a quarter. Been reading and sketching Volcanoes for the last few weeks, and here is shown a particular volcano type found on Venus, called pancake domes. 

Friday, 29 March 2019

Sci Fi Space Suit concepts


Some after work sketching, been going mad for Sci Fi again recently, might have to do with the new season of Star Trek..... Anyways, here is a couple of sketches I did after reading about Space suits, pretty nifty devices!

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Rough Nights & Hard days



One of the recent pieces I have done for the upcoming Rough Nights & Hard days by Cubicle 7 Entertainment has been featured in this preview article (2nd image down):

https://goo.gl/Ri3zKg

The others were done by the very talented Mark Gibbons:

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Colour sketches


Usually while doing archaeological images for clients, I give them some colour & light options to chose from before moving onto final, this is after the initial stages of course, like research & reference gathering, compositional sketches etc. I find doing sketch options a very rewarding process as it takes better advantage of the team effort a commission is, as it allows the client to have a say and also can lead to some unexpected results that I wouldnt do by myself. For me colour & lighting is the icing on the cake really and really presents the site in a strong way, which is often ignored in archaeological work unfortunately. Its a shame as this kind of lighting is not something out of the world, but the wondrous light of our every day lives and moments in those lives.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Tah-Ra Mentuhr- from Starter Set - Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th Edition


Original sketch by Sam Manley


A little spot illustration done for the Cubicle 7's Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay starter set book. Over pencils by Sam Manley