I've been wanting to show you this artwork for a while and now I can. A while back, internationally renowned art studio Clonefront Entertainment were asked to create digital colour paintings of many of Russ Nicholson's iconic Fabled Lands drawings. For a long while these amazing paintings have languished in legal limbo. The details of that are hearsay so I won't repeat them here but in any case, as derived works, the paintings always remained Russ's copyright.
But now Mikael Louys of Megara Entertainment has come to the rescue, sealing a deal with Russ and Arpad Olbey, CEO of Clonefront, that will allow him to use the colour paintings in a range of products, starting with the hardback edition of The Keep of the Lich Lord (from which these two pictures are taken) and moving on later next year to an all-new Fabled Lands role-playing project.
And not only that - I just looked on Clonefront's website and came across this stunning image of a manta car from Heart of Ice. We were planning to use this as the cover of the epub3 version but that, of course, never happened. That was a blow, but there's always a silver lining - in this case, the strong possibility of a multi-platform app from Cubus Games, who did such a great job adapting Necklace of Skulls. That won't use this artwork, but something totally new, original and unexpected by Jaume Carballo's madly skilled creative team. Watch this space.