Thursday, December 16, 2010
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Monday, July 26, 2010
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
This contribution comes from two W o n d e r f u l British artists off Deviant Art; Calmllama (Joni), and Grinning-Goblin (Gavin). I've not yet spent a whole lot of time on DA, but J&G along with Steve Huczek created a Fantasy Genesis Group page on DA, (of which there are more posts to come with other Deviants work) but they also painted these brilliant pieces with rolls from FG as well! What beautiful creations these two have made, and I couldn't be more geeked in my brain game having played a small "roll" in the inspiration. (see what I've doon there, then.? Forgive.. =)
First two are Joni's watercolours based on a Humanoid roll; what I'm calling - Deer-Frog on a Unicycle ©2010. and a wonderfully odd Creature roll - "Oryctolagus Polypoda." "The Chimera Illusionists of Counter-Earth crash landed in the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Laysan Island. Misunderstanding Earth's fauna they created the Oryctolagus polypoda in a misjudged attempt to blend in.." Joni ©2010 I couldn't be more pleased, and they both put a giant land-island sized grin on me jib.. =) Thank you.
I got a little choked up when I saw this, I must admit, but I think you'll agree, it's a very creative tale, and I'm sure Joni and Gav wouldn't mind any praise on Deviant Art that any of us can give. Thanks for all the creativity you two.. More to come from the Deviants, stay tuned !!
Posted by Chuck at 2:50 AM
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
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Friday, April 23, 2010
There's some great news to come about a recent review of my book in a properly BRILLIANT digital art tutorial magazine off of Britain, but I'd also like to announce another guest artist taking up their polished skills with a Creature Roll from Fantasy Genesis! Fellow illustrator and conceptual genius, Vinod Rams will be doing a sketch for the Blog in the coming months as well!! Really can't wait for that.. =) Stay Tuned !!
Posted by Chuck at 8:20 PM
Monday, April 12, 2010
I've never been the biggest fan of painting digitally, but I explored a bit more with this Rat Droid, having some time between jobs, and I think I can get a relatively close version of a wash out of the thing..? I can't see myself ever painting a finished digital piece any time soon, but there are an amazing amount of fairly simple techniques that make it grotesquely tempting. Don't think I ever really realized how easy it is, and now I kind of wish I could go back thinking that way.. =) Stay Tuned !!
Posted by Chuck at 2:29 AM
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
suggestion of "Spider Ducks". Couldn't pass it up, so I rolled a Creature making sure Spider and Duck were in there as well, and went to it. Strangely enough I rolled another insect, so I played a bit more, and came up with an arthropod, Patrick Woodruffe looking rarity, and a bi-pedal to see if I could actually make a duck look anything but goofy. =) Within the next couple rolls, I'll start to pose some of these Creatures with the Action roll.
Posted by Chuck at 6:57 PM
Friday, March 12, 2010
Never imagined in my wildest dreams that the first contribution would be this outrageously brilliant, or a color painting, but by God it's all that and a bag of smoke spittin' pipes !! This is by far the coolest test run of Fantasy Genesis since playing with fellow artists back in school.. Fellow SF&F freelancer friend, and wickedly skilled, Portland based, digital illustrator, Craig J Spearing has painted this gorgeous piece based on a Creature roll from the book!! As Craig says, "I decided to use the first four elements I rolled, no matter how odd a combination they were. I got: penguin, horse, engine, and rust."
I've found some of the best combos spring from Anima/Anima, and Craig's technique and skills have done just that. Wow, to see another artists results with Fantasy Genesis is really a site to behold !! A testament to the imaginative spirit, and to your skills, Craig !! Gracious thanks for the first contribution, I bow to your Rusty PenguiHorse Engine, and welcome any artists, in whatever skill level to join the madness as well.. Stay tuned !!
Posted by Chuck at 7:24 PM
Friday, February 19, 2010
I'll be honest, I'm quite unreasonably geeked about this one!! Yes, it's the first Creature Roll to be posted so far, but it also shows the wonderful way artists influence and challenge each other.. Much of the goal of any artist is to show the world something new, something they've never seen before in quite the same way.. The beauty of this game is in the infinite diversity of ones associations with just 1-4 words.. A veritable Magic 8 Ball for the conceptual designer, whether you're creating the final elements of plot to your story, or the few odd elements that take your creature straight on into the rare, obscure, or that which has never been seen..
Something is always learned through these experiments, and this time it was that the combo of Suds/Bubbles & Bananas somehow formed a rather space alien looking dragon.. I picked Bull out imediatly, as I think I wanted to draw a new dragon, after seeing a great digital piece by James Paick, and I had no idea how Bubbles and Bananas were to fit in, but I knew they'd be cool.. =) Now, I've drawn quite a few dragons over the years, but I've never drawn one like this until last week.. After shaping the basics of the eyes, head and open maw, I went on to sketch in horn forms based on my words from Fantasy Genesis. It started as a sort of portrait, keeping the sets of eyes tight and small, but after sketching in more spiked and horn forms along the creatures spine, and bubble surface skin across the backs of his legs, he then expanded exponentially to an alien dragon creature spreading across my whole sketchbook.. Och.. Further proof of how just a couple words can change the flow of creativity.. Had I picked other forms to sketch from, he'd of come out different, but Roll No.2 supplied me the way for this dragon to be created.. What kind of Creature would you create with Roll No.2? How would you make them different? Stay Tuned !!
Posted by Chuck at 11:05 PM
Friday, February 12, 2010
Here we go fellow Friends and Fantasy Geneticists, the first online blog Role of the Humanoid game!! My concept was that of a Ring Droid looking Humanoid, twisting around to maneuver some multi-task, but there are an infinite variety of concepts to be had from these word associations.. The dynamic of individual voice and creativity is boundless, and I hope to see what you can add to the concept I created.. Feel free to pick your own Forms and Surfaces, even fill in the Emotion role that I left blank.. No matter what the skill level, let your wonderful imagination play!! Scan it, Send it, and I'll post the results I receive along with any others using this role next month..
Gracing the SuperCool Fridge this month is my SuperCool Niece, Paige Walker !! A beautiful Faerie with Squirrel, and a Husky Dog portrait.!! I love the gesture of the eyes and ears on the smaller dog!! Great job, Paige !! You're so cool, you need mittens when you draw.. =)
Stay Tuned. . . .
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
This is so cooler than cool, I'm gettin' freezer burn.!! Along with Jim V's Images Magazine for fantastic historic illustration prints, ImagineFX has been a constant source of inspiration for watching what's cutting edge in the world of digital illustration.. Recently, the folks at Future Publishing's ImagineFX have given me a spread featuring illustrations from Fantasy Genesis and my work for Magic the Gathering in the February Issue, No.53!! Gracious thanks to Vinod Rams, for suggesting me, and contributing a brilliant demo, Mark Penfold, Beren Neale, and Roy Delaney for working up my spot.. It's truly an honour.!! So gallang and check it on out, get yourself a copy, or a subscription, and stay tuned.. .
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I've recently received my advanced copies of Fantasy Genesis, A Creativity Game for Fantasy Artists to review, and I'm so pleased to say I LOVE it.!! The designs and layouts by Wendy Dunning are beautifully inventive, the color printed superbly, and without the hard work and concise vision of my editors Pam Wissman, Mary Burzlaff Bostic, and the wonderful Mona Michael, I simply couldn't have the book I now hold in my mitts.. It's hard to grasp how many versions of my Conceptual Drawing Game I've played with over the years, and how many life changes have brought me here, but now it's finally in a form that I can share with the Sphere!!
So let the shameless promotional slogging begin !!
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There are few things in life as fulfilling as seeing a project into a final, tangible object.. When I'm working in the BookArts, it's the act of couching a sheet of paper pulp, lifting the first print from the block, or cracking a book from the press.. When painting it's pushing those final strokes of light on to your character and scene, they are these wonderful moments that I've grown to adore.. But what happens when a book idea that's been floating around your wig for years finally comes to fruition, and becomes an object ?? Well, for a short start, it gets your brain cogs spinnin' and churnin' faster, it swings yah soul straight on up into the big smilin' Sunshine, and then back on down easin' yah toes through the cool groovy sands of serenity.. and that's quite a trick for Portland in January.. =) Stay tuned..
Posted by Chuck at 1:30 AM
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Welcome, Lords and Ladies, one and All. . Step right this way my Friends, to the newly rebuilt ChuckLukacs.com !! Ticket, Popcorn, take your seat there in front row, que the Projectioness and enjoy the next amazing show!! This one features such a brilliant variety of Wondrous Worlds, Heroes, Heroines, Fantastical Oddities, Creatures, and Concepts, that it might just keep your Imagination thrilled, your brass goggles polished, and your wig properly flipped, well into the New Year !!
:: Free Quarterly Prizes :: I've started a Quarterly Raffle along with giving donations to the four charities listed on the Home page of my new site. That means if you belong to my mailing list, you are eligible to win either an 8x10 Limited Edition Print, or a Magic the Gathering Collectible Whiteback Card with a sketch and alter. I'll give you an email hollah, get your address, then send your prize to your door step, along with my check to the charity..
:: Fantasy Genesis :: I'm extraordinarily pleased to announce my word association RPG drawing game, Fantasy Genesis will be on the shelves in the Spring from IMPACT Books !! I'll be teaching a workshop at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, May 2010 here in Portland, but any art teachers interested in a lesson plan should give me an email to see if your students would have fun with it. Pre-Orders are available online, Today !!!
:: Magic: the Gathering - Card Signing :: I'll be sure to send updates on signings before the Grand Prix - Portland in Sept., but in the mean time, I've changed addresses again. Send any cards to be signed or altered to :: Chuck Lukacs - 715 SE 60th Ave. No.7 - Portland, OR 97215 :: Big shout outs to all the incredible Art Directors, and folks at Wizards of the Coast, Tim Shields & Mike Goodman from Cascade Games, Brian Artiaco, and Seth Morrigan from www.topdeckhobbies.com.
Also solid propers to the amazing Editors, and cast of creatives at IMPACT Books, Paizo Publishing, and all the wonderful Friends, Family, Fellow Lightpushers and Freaks, local or otherwise that have helped me acclimate to Portland, and that make it a life goal to support the Arts where and when they can. You are what makes everything happen, and I wish you all the very best in 2010 !!!
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Posted by Chuck at 5:41 PM