The Undeveloped Elias Photos

Finally we have sketches for another couple of Jackson Elias photos. I realized that, with the previous five illustrations, I had enough images to fill the available space on Elias’s desktop. Any further photos who just end up crowding the existing ones. It might have made for an interesting composition but it also would have meant that I’d have done a lot of detail work that would just be covered up. I love doing fiddly detail work and don’t mind if most of it goes unnoticed but having it be completely unseen would have been even sillier than normal.

The Jackson Elias Photos #3

Here is the third of the background photos that are part of one of my illustrations for the Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion monograph to benefit Masks is set during the Jazz Age – the period of history when HP Lovecraft was alive and writing. Part of the fun of doing illustrations for Call of Cthulhu was that a lot of the adventures were set in the 1920s and 1930s and I’m rather fond of the fashions of that time period. The idea that men wore suits and ties everywhere is kind of appealing. (As an idea anyway. Given that I don’t own even one suit myself I don’t know how I’d deal with the reality.)

The Jackson Elias Photos #1 is a fansite for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. A while back, before I got frustrated with Chaosium’s abysmal payment policy, I was asked to contribute a couple of illustrations to their Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion monograph. I did two full page illustrations. Hopefully the monograph will be completed soon and I’ll be able to direct your attention to it.

In the meantime I’m posting some aspects of one of the illustrations. These may appear individually in different parts of the monograph but they created to be part of one of the full page illustrations. The illustration in question is the desktop of Jackson Elias, an important Non-Player Character in the game. A number of photos of Mr. Elias are part of the clutter on the desktop. Above is one of those “photos”.