Horror games and the Sea

Village of the Sea, city seal

It’s the last week of this incredible Kickstarter drive, and I had to share it. Not just because I’m involved, but because it’s really everything I could ever hope for as the RPG-and-horror-and-mystery-and-non-neurotypical loving geek that I am. Seriously. If there were dragons and a subsection about Pacific Northwest birds this would cover about all of my biggest passions.

Excerpt from the guide:

I like writing about beautiful, horrible things. The Village by the Sea is a beautiful, horrible place. And I want to take you there.

The Guide covers neighborhoods, families and coverups and over a hundred years of history, for a town that exists outside of time and place. This could be the town you stopped in as a child on your way to see family. It might be your hometown. This could even be the town just down the road from yours.

The Village by the Sea was founded on the coast in 1850. Its founding families still exert force on the course of Village history, its borders have crept over devoured nearby settlements, and its piers are washed in blood. The monuments to dead sailors cast shadows in the park. There are always new missing posters outside the market.

There is never a year without a candlelit vigil for the dead.

I’ve got the village in my blood. I may not be nice all the time, and days of cutesie teen detective work are long behind me. I may have issues, but letting people die isn’t usually one of them. I came back here because I didn’t have a choice, and writing the guide is all I have left.

-“The Guide to the Village by the Sea,” Ashley Hart

And watch the video. I think Lillian does a pretty awesome job of saying it all: Coastal small town horror themed tabletop RPG with a mystery subplot involving a synesthetic detective? And Lillian Cohen-Moore is masterminding it? And Lisa Grabenstetter’s doing art for it?

Just about perfect, amiright? I am. You want a copy, and it’s only $5 for the bottom level. Go on!

As of my writing this, they’ve fulfilled their funding goal and are formulating amazing new stretch goals to fulfill. This can only get better and better.

*{I have this new job (as a patent illustrator), so please forgive my reticence on here while I get settled in!}

 

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Influx

My site traffic had the biggest spike in the existence of my blog yesterday, thanks largely to the kind mouth-words of the incredible Galen Dara and magnificent Tracey Hurley (who you might remember from Prismatic Art Collection fame).

Potatowl

So in celebration, I have kicked my butt into gear and finished these two little creatures that have been drifting somnolently through various stages of completion for the past several months. Enjoy!

Kestrel drake

Cheers of thanks to everyone who takes the time to ogle my poor drawings and peruse my scant little words. I appreciate all of you.

Manhunt, an illustration

An illustration I very recently completed has gone live on AEScifi.ca, The Canadian Science Fiction Review, so now I can share!

Manhunt

What. No men here.

I was extremely flattered when the editor sent me this story, telling me that he felt my style suited it. It’s strange and poignant and grotesque, all the qualities I love best in one place.

So check it out, and read the entire issue while you’re over there!

The thumbnail sketches from the project are after the cut, for the curious.

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Process, on a small watercolor

I actually remembered to document my stages on a watercolor! A small watercolor sketch, but it’s something.

Blue forest

Those who follow me on twitter might recall this one! I was extremely unhappy with it for a while, though I’ve since grown a little more at ease. After the jump, I’ll talk a little about the process that goes into watercolors like these.

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Working my way back toward pink

I’m still overbooking myself. And, I’m still getting sick at inconvenient moments. Feeling a little bit better though, so I made this.

Cassowary dragonIt’s a dragon based on cassowary and horse traits. Just a little watercolor doodle, like the last one.

I do have a few things planned for the blog, so look for more updates soon! Trying to get back into the swing of a regular working schedule.