Ultima II cover that never was.

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  1. dloubet

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    We Have a Winner!

    A big thank you to my Patrons for their votes! :)

    Here is the breakdown:
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    Ultima 7 Cover: 15
    Ultima 2 Cover 14
    Ultima Online Cover 0
    Ultima Fiction Illustrations 9
    Ultima Tableau Illustrations 14
    Ultima Cover as Movie Poster 11
    Generic Fantasy Characters 6
    Wing Commander Portraits 8
    WC/Ultima Crossover 10
    WC/Ultima Cardboard Heroes 7
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    The winner is #1! A real cover for Ultima 7!

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    It's interesting to note that everyone is apparently totally satisfied with the cover to Ultima Online, with 0 votes! ;-)

    I will be quizzing Richard Garriott about what elements he would have wanted on the cover of The Black Gate if he had gone with an actual illustration. I'll let you know what he says!

    The high counts for the U2 cover and Tableau illustrations shows a high Ultima bias in my fans so far. But the Wing Commander contingent just needs a few more voting fans to make things more interesting! Scold your friends who aren't already patrons!

    I'd better get to work then!

    --Denis
     
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    Here is an original picture I'm giving away to a lucky Patron. That Patron happens to be Sir Stile Teckel. I rolled a 77 sided die, and his name popped up! All Patrons are eligible! :)

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    This is no one in particular, just a random drawing. I'll be doing more of these, and giving them away to my Patrons. o_O

    Enjoy! :)
     
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    My picture for a character in an RPG in development. This is an elf in a spacesuit. In the one-shot adventure we played, the characters flew around in a spaceship fighting space monsters, exploring derelicts, and talking our way out of being boarded by orc pirates. Great fun was had by all!

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    --Denis
     
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    Great artwork ;)
     
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    Thank you Lord Chojin! Here's a page of character sketches for an Ultima project I intend to do.

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    We'll see if anyone can guess what it is.

    There's a little more detail in my Patreon posting about this.

    Enjoy!

    --Denis
     
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    I love these. Especially your ink work. Love the sort of jagged style, it reminds me of wood prints. I have to say, looking at your outfit concepts and comparing them with some of the overly-realistic NPC outfits in-game...makes me really yearn to see more of a fantasy style in game. Everyone yells for realism with everything in SoTA and I just don't see why. I want to escape to another realm not just another time. I would love to see more of this influence in the game, Denis.

    I cannot wait to see the U7 cover you do. Any chances of doing something for Martian Dreams? The steampunk-iness of it is right up your alley.
     
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    Hmm, Ultima project!? Will there be a sequel to Ultima 4Ever? :D Perhaps Ultima Online 2 is finally coming? :D Maybe Underworld Ascension got permission to use the Ultima name??
     
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    Soulicide: That's weird! I usually think of my outfits as too staid, too ordinary. I look at the flamboyant anime armor and think, "Halfway between this outrageous stuff, and my ordinary stuff would be perfect! ;) Ooh...a Martian Dreams thing. I'll have to think about that... Show my variety of steampunk, which is a lot of steam, and hardly any punk. (i.e. a lot of Victorian sensibility, with gears and goggles held to a severe minimum.)

    Miracle Dragon: Yikes! You wish BIG, don't you! ;)
     
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    I released my Ultima IX cloth map art last night. Check it out! The full map is suitable for screen savers or desktop backgrounds.

    --Denis
     
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    Awesome! Thank you Denis. I love Ultima 9!
     
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    Glad you like it! :)

    Say, do y'all think these are worth anything?
     
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    Check out these storyboards from Ultima IX!
    I dare you! ;)

    --Denis
     
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    Seeing these absolutely beautiful drawings took me back to my pen and paper days of pouring through books with art just like this. I wish I had talent to draw like this.
     
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    Half the people that come to our underground soirees.
     
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    What am I doing wrong? I can't post inline pictures anymore. I click the image button, paste the picture address, and hit insert only to see a broken image icon. I can't do this here, or in the Wing Commander CIC forums either. Did something change?

    Anyway, I don’t know if I’ve ever done an actual portrait of someone in this style before, but I think this picture of Sir Cabirus turned out okay despite the challenges it presented.

    First I had to determine the likely size in which it would be presented, and do a version suitable to that scale, in a much higher resolution. (Meaning the lines are all multiple pixels thick.) If I had chosen a high resolution and drawn the picture to that resolution, the lines would have all blended together and looked horrible when reduced to their final size.

    I also had to realize that photo reference has it’s place, but not to depend upon it. When I tried to do the portrait to the proportions of the photo reference, it never looked like the image of Sir Cabirus I had in my head. So after many fruitless hours of arguing with the photos, I finally set them aside and drew the image I had of him in my mind’s eye, and voila, I had this picture emerge that I instantly recognized.

    So there you go, I’m STILL learning my craft.

    –Denis
     
  16. Alley Oop

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    i've posted several pics in bug reports today. unless something broke in the last half hour, maybe your host disabled direct image linking? ..since it's failing in mor ethan one forum?
     
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    Denis, you're not doing anything wrong. That picture is great! (and the inline post works fine for me)
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    It is far more than just okay - this picture is marvelous :) I'm very satisfied with your excellent work. It was a big pleasure to met you this year in Austin on the property of Richard :)
     
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    Amazing stuff!!!
     
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