Saturday, January 22, 2011

Xmas Card 2010 Bits

Making Holiday Cards has become an evolving tradition. 
The sequence of cards are on:

The composition is in tribute Frank Frazetta's Silver Warrior cover art (Frazetta was a legendary fantasy who passed away this year- 2010; Heidi insisted I remove the sword from Santa's hand...actually she talked me down from doing a "Gift Dealer" rendition of Santa riding Rudolf that mirrored Frazetta's Death Dealer --actually, "Father Christmas" has a history of riding Yule Goats in Scandinavia folktales, so this might be okay for next year's theme).

I thought I should share a little of my workflow:

Frank Frazetta's Silver Warrior painting inspired the composition(Frank passed away in 2010)

Initial Sketch of Santa (without sword)
Photoshop Screenshot revealing excessive layering and masking

My Final 2010 Cover

ImagineFX and Grunge Textures

This year Lords of Dyscrasia should embark in its publishing process, either a publishing group I met at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, OH 2010, or via a self-publishing route.  I am working on updating the sketches now, adding a grunge look to most.  A Flash browser of the entire gallery is available here:

For example, I show the undead archer/cannibal Gnarl below:



Workflow: in future posts I'll share my workflow.  In short, I sketch with pencil first.   I explore various compositions that reflect the character and the atmosphere in which they are being depicted at that point in the story.  Then I scan it in, and work the rest via Photoshop.  I have recently discovered a community of professional artists who have similar workflows (ImagineFX).  The magazine is a bit expensive, but is worth it for the tips and digital resources provided on the DVD.  Many "reprints" of tutorials/workshops are available free @

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Welcome to S.E.Lindberg's Blog


          Dyscrasia plagues both the insectan elders of the Underworld and the Land-dwelling, human artisans that worship them (the Picti).   Desperate to save the elder race from extinction, the golem Doctor Grave extracts the soul from the Queen’s carcass while retreating from her collapsing colony.  The Doctor infuses her soul into the Picti leader, Ante Lysis, for safekeeping as he prepares to resurrect her.  The Lysis bloodline emerges as the exclusive carrier of the Queen’s soul, and it is passed from generation to generation via a Rite in which Lysis descendents drink their ancestors' blood.  The Prologue introduces the reader to dyscrasia and to the antagonist Doctor Grave as he harvests corpses required for his necromancy.
          The story begins with Endenken Lysis, the sole surviving descendant of Ante, deciding between (a) assuming leadership over the Picti by imbibing his deceased father’s blood, and (b) abandoning the Picti to start a new life.  The adventure begins as Endenken chooses the latter, many Picti members dying as their Inheritance Rite goes awry—the Queen’s soul left without a proper carrier. 
Lords of Dyscrasia explores the choices humans and their gods make as a disease corrupts their souls, shared blood and creative energies.  
Historically, dyscrasia referred to any imbalance of the four medicinal humors professed by the ancient Greeks to sustain life (phlegm, blood, black and yellow bile).  Artisans, anatomists, and chemists of the Renaissance expressed shared interest in the humors; accordingly, the scope of humorism evolved to include aspects of the four alchemical elements (water, air, earth and fire) and psychological temperaments (phlegmatic, sanguine, melancholic and choleric).  In short, the humors are mystical media of color, energy, and emotion; Lords of Dyscrasia presents them as spiritual muses for artisans, sources of magical power, and contagions of a deadly disease.