A Teddy Bear Tale… Or as we call it a Teddy Bear meets 300 and some Quick Sketch Fun!

300 Teddy Bear

This is Teddy! Quick Sketch by Dan Nokes

Been a long week for me… But, time for a little Quick Sketch Fun. This is Teddy!!! Is brought to you by the Daily Quick Sketch Challenge over on 21st Century Sandshark by Artist in Chief and Teddy Bear Tale Artist Dan Nokes. The inspiration behind it is part of the pitch when we talk about A Teddy Bear Tale is it’s a Teddy Bear meets 300 for all ages. Be sure to check out the other Quick Sketches I’ve managed to challenge him with and take part in his quick sketch draw here.

New Monster under the Bed - The Jar-Head by Dan Nokes

New Monster under the Bed - The Jar-Head by Dan Nokes

Along with some old favorites like the No Names, No Noses and Blighters a Teddy Bear Tale Part 2 introduces some new Monsters for Tristan (and this case Wilma) to face.

Meet the Jar-Head, a new Monster that Tristan encounters as he defends the secret Boggle Toy Train. These looming hulks are not known for their brains which can be removed from their Jar like heads (with screwable lids), but for their brawn… What problems they may cause for our Heroic Teddy Bear you will have to find out when you pick up the book – Click here to Pre-Order on Kickstarter

A Teddy Bear Tale Book 2 – Concept Art Influencing Story Changes

Concept Art of Tristan on a Clockwork Riding Creature

About half way through the book Tristan rides a many feathered creature with two legs and a long neck. As many of you may know A Teddy Bear Tale artist Dan Nokes runs a daily quick sketch challenge so I asked him to draw a quick concept of Tristan on one of these creatures.

The concept leaned a little on the long-necked two legged description, but also made the Riding Creature more mechanical. Now here is a good example of the art influencing the story;  in this case after seeing the art I thought it would be really cool if these Riding Creatures were actually clockwork and had to be wound to be used with a huge key sticking out of their back. The mental and actual image of Tristan on his mechanical clockwork steed is just too good to pass up, and also helps with a story detail… Stay tuned for more Concept Art updates and please help A Teddy Bear Tale Part Two launch on Kickstarter by clicking here!

Fabula Zero Exposition Reviewed on the 21st Century Sand Shark Studios Splash Page

The Fabula Zero Exposition Splash Page So what is the Splash page? It is the new up and coming place where indie titles get reviewed by Maryland’s leading Independent Artist Dan Nokes on his amazing 21st Century Sand Shark Studios website. Well, he got his hands on my graphic novel narrative/sequential mash-up Fabula Zero Exposition, so what did he think of it? Well, click here to find out.

A Teddy Bear Tale Artist Dan Nokes is heading to The Image Expo this Weekend Feb 24th to 26th

Image ExpoA Teddy Bear Tale Artist and Creative Director for 21st Century Sandshark Studios Dan Nokes is heading out to Oakland California for The Image Expo on February 24th – 26th. So if you are in the area or attending be sure to check out his work in Booth 712 in the Artist Alley. He will be bringing The Paranormals, The Pistoleers, Adam & Eve and of course A Teddy Bear Tale, along with exclusive art, prints and sneak peeks at some of his new projects including The Return of Kit Carson, Impossible Space Tales and news with what is happening next with the Teddy Bear tales…

To learn more about The Image Expo and what Dan Nokes will be doing at this West Coast convention check out the 21st Century Sandshark Studios Press Release here along with the new artwork for Dan’s new project Kit Carson.