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Journal Entry: Mon Apr 29, 2013, 3:13 AM

Creature Collections - Monsters By Email
These collections both include:

> Print-resolution creature artwork (free samples here )
> RPG-adapted, system free, stats and descriptions (download free sample PDF)
> Commented step-by-step progress shots (download free sample PDF)
> Non-exclusive publishing rights to 50% of the creatures.
> Bonus content of various kinds.

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RPG Creatures - Bestiary 1 (Extended Edition)
This PDF book contains 54 original creatures, made primarily for fantasy role-playing games. Unlike many other manuals of monsters, the artwork in this book has been given a major role. Every creature is professionally illustrated and occupies a full color page for visual presence. The statistics are system-free, easily understood, and the descriptions are imaginative and thorough.

The book is currently sold through RPGNow and a full-size preview can be found here.

You can read a review here, and find more reviews and ratings here.

I'm a freelance artist and accept work offers when possible. As a freelance artist I don't have fixed rates, but time and demand set my prices. I don't ever work for free, for exposure only, or for the hope of future royalties. Normally, if you offer $20 or more per hour, I will listen to the offer and consider it, and if you offer $35/hour or more, I'm likely to accept, if I'm available. I do full-color, and black&whites of any size, but I don't do line-work.

These are 30-40 hours scenes (several characters, and/or creatures involved in action)
- Hydra, your days are over. by Cloister Autumn Adventures II by Cloister Pathfinder iconics in action (fan art) by Cloister

These are 20-24 hours scenes (less complexity, or less detail)
The Familiar of Merlin by Cloister The Goblin Key by Cloister

These are 16 hours creatures (original concepts, highly detailed, no background)
Neverenn - Monsters By Email demo Creature by Cloister Agi-Septhoran - MonstersByEmail demo creature by Cloister Nevianaar - Stock Creature Art Sample by Cloister

These are 4 hours creature concepts (somewhat random, less detailed)
Good Dragon concept by Cloister Creature Concept by Cloister

These are 16 hours characters
Orc Shaman by Cloister Fighter Character by Cloister Wizard, Mage, Magician Concept by Cloister Darwandir - creature concept by Cloister Grimwood Character Concept Illustration 1 by Cloister

These are 16 hours environments
Dungeon level 1 - level concept D: Staircase by Cloister  Dungeon level 2 - level concept A: Main Corridor by Cloister

This is a 4-6 hours environment
Black Pond Gate by Cloister

These and these are 1-2 hours weapons concepts, these and these are 2-2,5 hours character icons, and these are 2-3 hours locations icons.

Professional Feedback and Private Live Tutoring
A) You can send me one of your images and ask for professional feedback. I will return a written response and if it serves the purpose, a paint-over, letting you know about the strengths and weaknesses of your piece, and how it can be improved.
The price is $30, which should be paid by Paypal. Write to to see if I can accept your image. If I can, you make the payment, and feedback will be sent to you as agreed, usually within a few hours.

B) If you have or start a Google+ account, you can order one or several live tutoring sessions, of one or two hours at a time, where I will share my knowledge and screen. You can ask for a session on your own or together with up to 5 friends. You send me an email, suggesting hours when you're available, and I will respond and let you know if I'm also available at those hours. During live sessions you can ask questions (in English) or just ask me to give feedback, or to hold a lesson on an art-related topic of your choice. If it is only you the price is $35/hour, but it is $20/hour and person, if you are two, and $15/hour and person if you are 3-5 individuals. Please remember that I live in Sweden (Central European Time) when you suggest a time for these lessons. Daytime, early mornings and evenings are okay, but I don't teach during the night, since I must see to it to have my fill of blood in the small hours. I have 10 years of experience of teaching art, a four year traditional art eductation.

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  • Reading: The Shobogenzo
  • Watching: Game Of Thrones
  • Playing: with toy horses
  • Eating: moderately
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Merry Christmas you beautiful man!
jaknife79 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
You have a wonderful talent for making crazy creatures! 
pktome Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Hi, I wonder, for what you have said, what it would cost to do some quick scribbles (more sketches, and depends on your opinion) to illustrate my site (which you can see in my gallery) without digital painting, only the contour lines ...
Wiiolis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your gallery/ideas! pullmonaria 
Wiiolis Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I ask, do you use Photoshop or another program? :)
Cloister Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Photoshop only, 99% of the time. Thanks!
TheRedKing12997 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I was wondering how you came up with your creature concepts? I wanted to try and make the ones I come up with into drawings, but I never really get it right, and wanted some advice. It'd be really helpful if you told me how you go about creating yours, not in a drawing set way, but like, how you decide a pose for a creature, what type of shading, body type, etc. 
Cloister Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I usually let the pen decide. By that I mean that I'm usually void of ideas, and just move the pen around in a dynamic way, trying to make dramatic or interesting lines. The mess that comes out of it suggests things for me, which my mind picks up on. If there is no brief, I normally do the same thing with body type/pose. I don't decide beforehand but let the sketching solve things for me. It's like thinking through the pen. It takes some practice, but anyone can do it. Relax the mind, and squint the eyes a little. Shading and light is different. I base those upon the situation at hand. What kind of light will bring out the most of the form, or what kind of light do I feel like applying. Thanks!
TheRedKing12997 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for replying. I was going to create my own creature/monster/etc. concepts for some of my own projects, and I had some ideas but no idea on how to put them on paper. People/humanoid species are the easiest things for me to draw.
FlaneTheAndras Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Artist
I've just read 4 journal enteries of your story of jakyama and I just can't get enough! xD 
Cloister Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's what I like to hear. Enjoy!
ToxicPanther Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
I'm in love with your works and yor style ! 
Cloister Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks, ToxicPanther!
ToxicPanther Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
This gallery is awesome!
Cloister Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
TioCha Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013   Digital Artist
Used your mirror here:…


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