mandag den 26. juli 2010

Dragon Magazine 389

http://www.wizards.com/dnd/TOC.aspx?x=dnd/4new/drtoc/389

This is a precious illustration to me. It is one of those where I took a step in a new direction. Where I took a chance and dared something out of the comfort zone, and also one , where I diverted a lot from the art description and hoped that they would go for it.
Jon Schindehette had just a week ago written an article in his blog Artorder, where he said that a good way to not get hired again, would be to stray too much from the art description. So when mailing him the sketch for this one, I was crossing my fingers that he would like the new approach...well he did, and I picked up the brushes.
In this painting I tried for the first time a zoomed out scene with smaller figures than what I am used to. I almost always focus on a main figure making a heroic portrait with a semi detailed background. I was in the mood for doing a more complex painting. also I wanted it to be more of a scene than a portrait. That is ofcause a lot more difficult, but I am glad I did. The painting shows a female wizard being hunted by Wyvern riders. ( there is one more on the rooftop ) I wanted to capture the moment where the hunter and the hunted sees each-other and the last fight begins. this is the moment that are always the most intense in roleplaying. I cannot count the times I have been in the situation where the pour wizard girl is, wounded, out numbered and without the equipment, that could safe you.
Notice the reward posters on the wall with her picture on them.
When painting the fighter I focused on making him a solid muscular guy leaning toward the heavy site, ( kind of like myself except for the muscles ) thus making him seem more real and dirty.

13 kommentarer:

Louis-Philippe sagde ...

Really REALLY good illustration. I love it. It makes me think of the Easley pictures I loved as a kid and made me want to become an illustrator myself.

Kudos.

Shaun Patterson sagde ...

What can i say man, it looks awesome. Your work is very inspiring in my own journey to be an artist of your caliber.

Sheridan Doose sagde ...

Man, this is a fantastic, complex piece of work. Awe inspiring, as usual!

Jennifer sagde ...

I'm spellbound by this piece, I hope someday to see it as a print, I'd love to buy it. This is quite beautiful and your work on it, in every way, is excellent.

Thanks for sharing!

carnalizer sagde ...

Great success! By removing her friends in the doorway you intensified the moment and the danger, but also tipped the balance of a bit too much to the left. But you knew that... Love it!

Tearup sagde ...

I think that new attempt of yours worked out really well. I adore the way you draw dragons. Personally I think the dragon in the background could have been darker still without taking from the actual scenery, and the other dragon's head could have been closer to the girl to give it some more tension. Another thing that comes to my mind is, if the left wing arm would dig its fingers into the housewall, the dragon would seem heavier and he'd block the escape way for the girl.
These are just some ideas, either way this picture looks great and I am looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring work.

Jon Schindehette sagde ...

I love this piece. One of my favorites of this year! I'm glad you suggested the different take on the image.

Carlos sagde ...

Wow, just wow!
This piece is beautiful!
I first saw your work in the "Drakar och Demoner:Trudvang" book, and was very impressed.
I'm glad I found your blog, this stuff is really inspiring :D.

Garrett Hanna sagde ...

Definitely my favorite from you.

Bech sagde ...

Fantastisk - du bliver bare bedre og bedre. Man skulle ikke tro det var muligt.

Jesper - jeg håber du laver denne som litografi/tryk/plakat!

SEILER sagde ...

Beautiful work, this blog is really nice!

Ayumi Sophia sagde ...

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Nasty sagde ...

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