Live by the Hobbit's law by Mathieu Vaillancourt

This wednesday I play my first game of Middle-earth Role Playing (MERP) with my friend Jeff. I am a scout (thief) hobbit.

Portrait of my first character of MERP, mister Porto Crumblepot.

Portrait of my first character of MERP, mister Porto Crumblepot.

Here is the synopsy of the game written by the great Game Master Jeff:

We are all hands hired by Sharkey to keep the Shire giving the correct taxes, keeping those rebellious hobbits tamed, and generally taking what we want. Too bad, word has come to Sharkey that some "hero's" from the war have returned to The Shire and just crossed the Brandywine Bridge. we've all been asked to join a group at Frogmorton and stop these creeps from getting any further into the Shire.

Personnally I doubt that my hobbit will last one session, the system of combat of MERP seems cruel.

Illustrating my character was really fun, this will not be the last hobbit you will see!

MERP rulebook cover, 1st edition

MERP rulebook cover, 1st edition

Middle-earth Role Playing (MERP) is a 1984 role-playing game based on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien (specifically The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit) under license from Tolkien Enterprises. Iron Crown Enterprises (I.C.E.) published the game until they lost the license on 22 September 1999.

Pierre Paul Rubens - Lust for grace and curvy brush strokes by Mathieu Vaillancourt

‘‘La Fortuna’’ by Pierre Paul Rubens

‘‘La Fortuna’’ by Pierre Paul Rubens

Sir Peter Paul Rubens 28 June 1577 – 30 May 1640) was a Flemish artist. He is considered the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque tradition. Rubens's highly charged compositions reference erudite aspects of classical and Christian history. His unique and immensely popular Baroque style emphasized movement, color, and sensuality, which followed the immediate, dramatic artistic style promoted in the Counter-Reformation. Rubens specialized in making altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. - Wikipedia

Pierre Paul Rubens has a way how he depicts women that I love a lot. In art representing women in, he is my favorite. I love how they seems embrace life and without any complex about their weight.

One of the reasons I love the way he is painting the female human is that I tend to be attracted to curvy women who have larger breasts and wider hips; Historically men have always been drawn towards women who look like they would be able to bear children in a healthy way. There is a natural and instant sexual attraction that occurs when a man sees a girl with a curvy figure.

‘‘The Three Graces’’ by Peter Paul Rubens

‘‘The Three Graces’’ by Peter Paul Rubens

‘‘The Loves of the Centaurs’’ by Peter Paul Rubens

‘‘The Loves of the Centaurs’’ by Peter Paul Rubens

‘‘Venus and Adonis’’ by Peter Paul Rubens

‘‘Venus and Adonis’’ by Peter Paul Rubens


After all these years collecting artbooks of the old masters, I still need to find a good artbook of his work. He is one of my main influence in painting when I want to depict women.


Book of the moment: Ring Around the Sun by Mathieu Vaillancourt

I am currently reading a book that my dad lent me by Clifford Donald Simak called '' Ring around the Sun ''. Less than 100 pages and I will have finished reading this good book.

The book is the french version so I made a translation of the text on the backcover of the book:

Translation by  Michel Sciama  Illustration by   Wojtek Siudmak

Translation by Michel Sciama
Illustration by Wojtek Siudmak

Cliffwood, 1987. Passionate about his work as a writer, Jay Vickers chose to live in this peaceful village in upstate New York. But the outside world will take him on an incredible adventure. A world suddenly at bay: throughout the country, families are disappearing; on the market, objects, cars, all indestructible, all eternal, arise from nowhere. The United States industry is wavering, their political balance too ... Someone then wakes up in Vickers and remembers another land where twice he has penetrated.

Ring Around the Sun is my second science fiction novel I've read in my life. 'Roadside Picnic' by the brothers Strugatsky was the first I read this year. Usually, I am more in horror, fantasy and fairy tales.

I intend to read other books of this type in the future. I discover a literary genre, which to date, I like a lot.

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Call Of Cthulhu: When fear of blood and murderous frenzy coexist. by Mathieu Vaillancourt

Mi-go , a creature from the  Cthulhu Mythos

Mi-go, a creature from the Cthulhu Mythos

My last game of Call of Cthulhu as a keeper was really fun. I initiated two of my old friends to play this wonderful game by Chaosium Inc.

For one of them, tabletop RPGs were a new thing. We had a great time together. It was a challenge to create a story really scary with people who are accustomed to horror & gore theme since young years.

One of the strong parts of the session was when my players saw a cultist very badly mutilated in a corner of a room, they loosed enough sanity points at the same time and had a bout of madness. The first player, Trevor by his character name, exploded in a spree of uncontrolled violence and destruction directed at the cultist, butchering him with a knife.

Marc, the second character, developed a fear of blood for 8 hours... When he saw the cultist mutilated, he started to run in terror and screaming while Trevor continued stabbing the remains of the poor cultist.

Zoog , a creature from the  Cthulhu Mythos

Zoog, a creature from the Cthulhu Mythos

After the insane violence fury that Trevor went through, he went after his terrorized friend Marc to try to calm him down, covered in blood head to toes and ignoring that his friend had developed a phobia of seeing bloodfor 8 hours! This scene was memorable and really special. My players and I really liked it.

Will their character die or become insane next time? We will find out next session.

Thank you Howard Phillip Lovecraft for creating an amazing mythos and thank you Chaosium Inc.

New home with a studio by Mathieu Vaillancourt

Since the beginning of summer, my girlfriend has moved with me and we have installed our studio in a room. We can create each of our own art and thus inspire, encourage, ask and give criticism on our works.

When the magic happen…

When the magic happen…

Being both artists, we have arranged our studio with compartments for our artistic material, a metal wire on the wall to pin references and projects in progress. There is also a tripod for the camera if we want to record when we draw and paint. We may also add decorations on walls in the futur.

Some of my art tools

Some of my art tools

Principally I am an illustrator and I use most of the time black ink but recently I brought my first kit of watercolor and I am learning to mix color. My kit is really small so I can paint everywhere I want. last week I went to a museum and I painted old human skulls, and instincted birds. It was really fun and I will do this again soon, it is a great way to improve watercolor and study the models.

Also, in setember to october, I will start my oil painting courses in Montreal. I have brought a French Style Easel for painting outside landscapes and tweek them with a Fantasy flavor after in my studio. I can not wait to start learning how to paint with oil!

Imagines my black & white creatures painted with oil, they will become real nightmare.

The cultist, made with watercolor.

The cultist, made with watercolor.