Please send all inquiries concerning original game art shown here or future layout illustrations to:
CastleDrafts@ArktekLLC dot com
For a brief background and introduction on my time working for ICE as a freelancer go here:
Game Art and ICE Illustration background
The illustrations below were drawn by hand using ink on vellum for the 2nd Edition Middle Earth Role Playing module of the Palantir Quest.
|The Town of Larach Duhnnan Map from ICE's MERP 2nd Edition module for the Palantir Quest|
|Palantir Quest ruins of the Royal Library at Annuminas|
ICE MERP Layout Illustrations from the Palantir Quest
The illustrations below are from the MERP Second Edition module of Dol Guldur. These were all drawn using AutoCAD.
|Dol Guldur the Front Gate|
|Dol Guldur Second Level Showing Kragor Lug Watchtowers|
|Dol Guldur Smalug Watch Tower|
|Dol Guldur Lugash Watchtower|
|Dol Guldur Lugdom Fortress|
ICE MERP Towers from Dol Guldur Module
Below is a plan and perspective view of Sarn castle from ICE's MERP module for the Shire. The plans were drawn using AutoCAD and the perspective was generated using ACAD's Advanced Modeling Extension.
|Sarn Castle from the Shire Module|
The map below is a hand drawn map of the Shire for ICE's MERP module of the same name. It was drawn by hand using ink on vellum.
|The Shire map from the module of the same name|
|Citadel of the Maestas 1st Floor Plan from the Lake Town module|
|Citadel of the Maestas 2nd Floor Plan from the Lake Town module|
You can see more layout illustrations from the Lake Town Module here:
ICE MERP Illustrations from the Lake Town Module
|Map of the City of Osgiliath from the Kin Strife Module|
The two illustrations below are also from the Kin Strife module and were drawn using AutoCAD.
|The Sea Lord's Tower in Pelargir from the Kin Strife Module|
|Margalad's Manor House 1st and 2nd Floor Plans from the Kin Strife Module|
More ICE MERP layouts from the Kin Strife Module can be found here:
ICE MERP Illustrations from the Kin Strife Module
The illustrations shown below are from the MERP 2nd Edition module of Moria. They were drawn by hand using ink on vellum.
|The Dwarven City and Mines of Moria First Level/Deep Left Side|
|The Dwarven City and Mines of Moria First Level/Deep Right Side|
|The Dwarven Mines of Khulakal from the Moria Module|
More ICE Second Edition MERP layouts from the Moria Module can be found here:
ICE MERP Illustrations from the Moria Module
The illustrations below were all drawn by hand with ink on vellum for the MERP 2nd Edition module of Mirkwood.
|Map of Southern Mirkwood from the Mirkwood Module|
|The Ruins of Dale showing the Lonely Mountain from the Mirkwood Module|
|Erebor the Lonely Mountain Map of the First Delving|
|Plans of the Tower of Sarn Goriwing|
More illustrations from the Mirkwood Module can be found here:
ICE MERP Layouts from the Mirkwood Module
The layout below was drawn for the MERP module of Southern Gondor using AutoCAD.
|Sectional view of The Halls of the Faithful from the Southern Gondor module|
The illustrations below were drawn by hand using ink on vellum for ICE's Silent Death Spaceship miniatures game. To see more illustrations in this series and for the full story go here:
ICE Silent Death Spaceship Layouts
ICE Rolemaster RMSS, 3rd edition, and 4th edition Spell, Class and Racial Rune Trade Dress Illustrations
While doing freelance layouts for Iron Crown Enterprises in the mid to late 90's I was tasked with drawing some trade dress illustrations for the new Rolemaster Standard System RPG line of rulebooks in the style of the borders used in the MERP Moria module from 1995. The following illustrations were used by ICE as trade dress for the new Rolemaster Standard System Line in 1995, and the suceeding 3rd and 4th edition Rolmaster revisions of 1999.
ICE Rolemaster Standard System, 3rd, and 4th Edition Trade Dress Illustrations
The original Moria Drawing style can be viewed here for comparison:
ICE MERP Layout Illustrations from the Moria Module
I was the Science Fiction Editor of our High School Magazine entitled Gallery Magazine during my Sophomore and Junior years in 1982 and 1983. During that time, I wrote two stories featured in the magazine and the illustration and story below were published as a prequel to the followup story done later in 1983. It is my first attempt at fiction writing and my first published castle illustration, and the followup story was the first time I had ever written a recap story based on actual D&D play.
Sorry it's been so long since I've blogged here guys. Here's some more fun Isle of Kesmai images showing the various stages of creating the Isle of Kesmai cover map and a few more Isle of Kesmai images. Enjoy! (all files created using photoshop):
More Kesmai Corporation Isle of Kesmai Photoshop images
Kesmai Corporation Isle of Kesmai computer game screen caps from the late '90s...
More portfolio images from an old portfolio CD I created a long time ago. Includes some architectural renderings from a few firms I worked for or freelanced for back then but mostly game graphics from back in the mid to late '90s while free lancing in Charlottesville VA with Arktek...
Portfolio images from the '90s from an old CD - game art and 3D renderings...
Copyright notice: All original artwork on this page is displayed for self promotion purposes only and is copyrighted by the original artist, Daniel Cruger. This artwork may be downloaded and used for personal use only and may not be reproduced for commercial purposes in any way without the express written consent of the owner.