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Hey all,
Beornings' Settlement by JonHodgson
I've grabbed 2 minutes out of my crazy schedule to put all 10 videos I made way back last year showing the painting of the Beornings' Settlement image for The One Ring rpg into a playlist.  You can watch it here: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Cheers!
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Read all about it:
news.mymiddle-earth.net/2012/0…

Thanks to Bandoras for taking the time to ask me the questions.
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You can check it out here: www.artfreck.com/wp/interview/…

There's an especially long answer to the "what advice would you give an aspiring artist" question.
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The One Ring, the new Middle Earth table top roleplaying game form Cubicle 7 and Sophisticated Games goes on sale at Gencon this year - at the time of writing that's tomorrow.  Preview material has been coming thick and fast, so I can share some of the work I've made, as well as some videos of production:


Rivendell by JonHodgson

Beornings' Settlement by JonHodgson

Mirkwood Holding by JonHodgson

Mirkwood by JonHodgson

Great Orc by JonHodgson

Woodwoman of Mirkwood by JonHodgson

Dwarf by JonHodgson

Barding by JonHodgson

There's an hour long, 10 part walkthrough of one of the location paintings on my youtube channel: www.youtube.com/user/MrJonHodg…

The making of the Misty Mountains Goblin: www.youtube.com/watch?v=defkwt…

And a video where I talk about my references and inspirations for working on The One Ring: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPsSE1…

You can learn more about the game here: www.youtube.com/user/Cubicle7T…
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So those of you with a close eye on my page will have seen a couple of new pieces from The One Ring, the new Tolkien tabletop rpg from Sophisticated Games and Cubicle 7.

So we already had Dol Guldur:
Dol Guldur by JonHodgson

And now it is joined by Smaug:
Smaug by JonHodgson
And a Misty Mountains Goblin:
Misty Mountains Goblin by JonHodgson

Aaaand you can see a video of some of the painting process for the goblin here on youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s_bJm…

I should also add that my website has had a major overhaul: jonhodgson.com

Cheers!
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Hey all,
Below is the press release which announced the first round of previews for the new Middle Earth role playing game I've been working on for the last couple of years.  The first piece of art previewed was an image i made of Dol Guldur:

Dol Guldur by JonHodgson

Press release:
The One Ring™, the fantasy roleplaying game set in the world of The Hobbit™ and The Lord of the Rings™ to be released by Cubicle 7 Entertainment in partnership with Sophisticated Games, is one of the most eagerly awaited RPG releases of the year. With gamer and fan anticipation growing toward the August 2011 debut, Cubicle 7 today released some details about the format and content of the game line's first release: The One Ring™: Adventures over the Edge of the Wild.
The adventure begins five years after the events of The Hobbit. The defeat of the Dragon, the ousting of the Necromancer and the stunning victory of the Battle of Five Armies has made the land a much safer place. The Free Peoples of Wilderland are looking beyond their own borders for the first time in generations. Merchants are opening up previously-abandoned trade routes, bringing prosperity to the region and renewing bonds of friendship between long-estranged cultures. But while Lords and common folk become complacent in their new-found security, much evil still lurks in Wilderland. From the Orc-holds of the mountains to the dark and corrupt depths of Mirkwood a darkness waits, recovering its strength, laying its plans and slowly extending its shadow.

Small companies of heroes set out to explore the newly-opened frontiers. Whether their goal is to protect their homes, recover the treasures of a lost age or carry out the orders of their King, they could find themselves in the front lines of the battle against the ancient enemy, in adventures over the Edge of the Wild.
Focusing on the region of Wilderland – from the east of the Misty Mountains through Mirkwood to the Lonely Mountain – the game covers the geography of the region and its major cultures. Immersion in the setting is at the heart of the game. Players create their characters from the cultures of the region, integrating them fully with the setting and giving them a personal stake in the unfolding events. The wood elves of Mirkwood, the dwarves of the Lonely Mountain, the Woodmen of western Mirkwood, the Bardings of Dale, Beornings, or hobbits that have ventured into the region after Bilbo's return to the Shire, are among the characters featured in the initial release.

The August release is the first of a series of core game titles. 2012 and 2013 will see similar core releases expanding from that point, first with provisionally titled The Errantries of the King and then leading up to the War of the Ring. Each of these will expand the attention given to Tolkien's world as well as the range of playable cultures and races. "You could compare our approach to the way Fantasy Flight has handled the 40K franchise," commented Dominic McDowall-Thomas, Cubicle 7's Director of RPG Development. "We have a huge setting to explore, and this lets us approach it in stages, covering each element in detail instead of trying to stuff an encyclopedia of information into the initial release. It also helps players build their campaigns in a dramatic fashion. With Adventures over the Edge of the Wild as the starting point, the grand story of The Lord of the Rings is starting out, in the background, but players start at a point where they can influence events instead of just being along for the ride."

This approach also allows the game to take on an epic, multi-generational character. While characters of long-lived races can span the different setting periods, others can pass the torch to their heirs (spiritual or ancestral) in later periods. "Some people have compared this aspect of the game to the classic RPG Pendragon," Dominic went on to say. "It fits really nicely with Tolkien's long view of his world." In fact, the game is highly focused on Tolkien's themes, with an emphasis on such values as hope, valor, and wisdom reflected in the rules as well as the background material.

The initial release will consist of two core books: the Loremaster's Guide for GMs and the Adventurer's Book for players. A full line of supplementary products will follow, with early releases including a Rivendell sourcebook and a campaign guide.

Cubicle 7 Entertainment is a British-based publisher of games such as Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space, Victoriana, Legends of Anglerre, SLA Industries, and The Laundry as well as the forthcoming The One Ring: Adventures over the Edge of the Wild roleplaying game based on The Lord of the Rings, Primeval, and Airship Pirates RPG, a steampunk game based upon the worlds of Abney Park. Cubicle 7 also publish a wide range of games on behalf of a number of partners including Arc Dream Publishing, Contested Ground Studios, Adamant Entertainment, Gun Metal Games and Rite Publishing.

Sophisticated Games is the publisher of all book-based Lord of the Rings and Hobbit board games, and has created, in partnership with key companies worldwide, The Lord of the Rings (Reiner Knizia series), The War of the Ring (with Nexus), The Hobbit (Reiner Knizia) and Middle-earth Quest (with Fantasy Flight Games). It is proud to work with Francesco Nepitello the author and inspiration behind these first two RPG books, as well as the famed Tolkien artist John Howe, a long time collaborator on Sophisticated Games' output, who this time shares graphic honours with artists Jon Hodgson and Tomasz Jedrusek.



Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd and their respective licensees.
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This week's like ArtRage Pro session starts in 35 mins or so, and this week I get interviewed!  Gulp!
www.itsartmag.com/ialivechat.h…
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Thanks to wanwan.deviantart.com/ for letting me know I got a DD on Anglerre Triple by JonHodgson and thanks to those who featured and selected it for the honour.  I'm much obliged one and all!  Thanks!
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Hey all,
Just to let you guys know I will be appearing live on teh intarwebz here:  www.itsartmag.com/ialivechat.h…
on Monday the 29th (tomorrow as I write this) doing some chatting and demoing of Artrage along with some of the luminaries of the AR scene.  You can read more about it at the art rage forums announcement here:

www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/…

We'll be showing how we work and taking questions live.  How exciting! Do come along - if it works out well we'll be doing it every Monday.
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Hey - just uploaded a short video about painting in ArtRage. Check it out:

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Hey All,
Long time no journal.  Time seems increasingly short, and my list of work commitments ever longer.  Ah well, you do it to yourself, as they say.  Well RadioHead do.

Here's a video www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaG10y… I made of this piece in creation:

Ward 6 by JonHodgson
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Dinnae forget if you want to know about Jon Hodgson Illustration, then head on over to my "fan page" and "fan" me for bi weekly updates and art chat: www.facebook.com/pages/Jon-Hod…
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So Issue 58 of Photoshop Creative has a review of my book "Fantasy Art for Beginners".  And a very nice review it is too!

FAFB at Amazon: www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Art-Beg…

A couple of new Deviations since last we spoke dear friend:
Faces in the Smoke 2 by JonHodgson
Dragon Warriors Players' Book by JonHodgson
ArtLove by JonHodgson
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Hey All,
Apologies for the slow posting lately.  The family has expanded which of course devours time, and without going into uncomfortable level of personal revelation, things aren't going so well on the health front for the new one.  Work is also very busy in between!

Anyway. life goes on, and this months ImagineFX magazine has a great review of my book Fantasy Art for Beginners:

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Hey All.
Back to work at a sprint, so my planned review of 2009 has been summarily shoved onto a back burner. Ever onwards!  Hopefully I'll get a chance to write it up sometime.  Hey just whilst I'm typing, here's a thought. I read in Chris Burdett's excellent article about when he started to get serious about making a career in art, that an AD had told him that if an artist didn't update their blog regularly they took that as a sign they were not working.  Funnily enough I don't get time to do as much self promo as I would like, since I'm working constantly. And everything is generally under NDA for at least a couple of months, if not 12 to 18. Go figure.  Seemed worth mentioning in relation to not getting as much blogging done as I'd like!

So back to the point. Issue 02 of Digital Artist is out and about, featuring a little interview with yours truly about ArtRage, and a bunch of my artwork. Go get it.

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Some 2010 links for you!:
My Facebook fanpage: www.facebook.com/pages/Jon-Hod…
Me on Twitter: twitter.com/JonnyHodgsonArt (very daft and semi-work related)
My blog: jonnyhodgsonart.blogspot.com/
My Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/user/Jonnyhodg…

See you around the net!
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The third video Introduction to Fantasy Art for Beginners is up! www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAlbzj…
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Check it out. In this second video I chat about the first section of my new book "Fantasy Art for Beginners":
www.youtube.com/user/Jonnyhodg…

And now with improved sound!: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcVF7P…

Enjoy!
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Hey all, I just recorded a video introduction to "Fantasy Art for Beginners" which you can see here!:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAnrnx…


Check it out!

Here's some Amazon links to the book!:
UK chums: www.amazon.co.uk/Fantasy-Art-B…
US chums: www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Art-Beg…
Canadian chums: www.amazon.ca/Fantasy-Art-Begi…
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The first sneak peek at my instructional artbook for beginners:


The book is out Nov 1st: tinyurl.com/yf7fhmr

Stay tuned for more sneak peaks in the run up to release, and check the older journal entries for more info!
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