area of AdvancedFightingFantasy.com has
been designed and is devoted to bringing
you exclusive unseen material from the FF
our many interviews with many of the original
Fighting Fantasy contributors, authors and
artists were kind enough to reveal much
about their work for the genre. In a number
of these interviews via email, mail and
telephone information was revealed regarding
unseen Gamebooks, proposals and artwork
that has never seen the light of day. This
area is proud to announce and reveal that
CITY OF THIEVES FF ARTWORK
Look at Unseen Fighting Fantasy images
We are delighted
to reveal this month a group of images sent
to us by Martin Mckenna for you all to enjoy.
All of the images here are exclusive sketches
and artwork which may not be reproduced
in any form on any other site of the soon
to be released new City of Thieves by Ian
Livingstone. AFF spoke to Martin about the
above images to view the full designs.
Where did the design brief come from for
the new book?
The brief came from Ian Livingstone. He
wanted a tavern scene featuring a thief
threatening the reader, with a half-orc
sidekick. He also wanted a buxom wench barmaid.
That was more or less all he asked for initially,
but then added various details such as requesting
that the thief might be shown overturning
the table, scattering tankards and a treasure
map. These image do not really show you
some of the smaller details. For example
I decided to make the map an actual map
of Port Blacksand, taken from the Titan
Are you happy with the end result?
Well, it's okay I suppose. I'm never really
very happy with my own work!
Can I ask how long does it take for you
to come up with a final design after being
given the initial brief. How many sketches
do you usually try before you are roughly
happy with it?
I did two sketches for City of Thieves.
Took just a couple of sessions to rough
out the basic design.
When you to paint the cover from initial
outline to sketch and then the completion
what material did you use? In the painting
of Warlock and City for example, did you
use Line Board to paint the final picture?
What type of medium did you use for Warlock
and City of Thieves and did either of these
covers involve masking the characters to
paint the backgrounds?
The covers are painted digitally within
Photoshop, using that program's basic paint
tools with a Wacom tablet, in an otherwise
fairly traditional way. Something you could
call ''tradigital''. On my web site, check
out the 'Well of Darkness' pages in the
'New' section -- there's a page there which
outlines the process in a bit more detail.
(One day soon I'll be fully updating the
site, at long last).
Are you looking forward to any future covers,
or is there a cover you would like to do?
Ian Livingstone wants me to do Forest of
Doom. I'm quite happy about that, as it
was one of my favourites as a kid. I remember
I successfully completed that book in one
go, without dying. And without cheating
A big thank
you must go to Martin Mckenna for the scans,
e-mails and great conversations. Thank you
for again supporting the site!