The cover to Crafty Games
upcoming Fantasy Craft supplement SpellBound
, due out later this year. Check out the supersize edition by clicking the DL button up there.
Full color painting and I have been cautious friends at best. I'm much more comfortable with contours and linework, and even when I work with tone and shape it tends to influence my thinking. If I'm comfortable with any color technique, it's a cel style (unsurprisingly), but I keep throwing myself into the full-paints grinder whenever I can get a proper chance. I'm very much open to suggestions for ways I could improve my techniques.
I think with this cover, I substituted amusing details for solid painting skills. I liked the effect I put together for reaching into a Bag of Holding. Ideally there should be something funny or neat or at least visually interesting going on nearly everywhere you look, but if I composed it well then it doesn't overwhelm the action of the larger illustration. Ooo, listen to me sound fancy.
In addition, it's the return of the Hunt the Logo game! Buried in the details are variant versions of my lightbulb logo, try and find 'em all. I'm going to have to start painting a reminder of the total number I put into a piece like this, 'cause when almost a year goes by I tend to forget. At least 6 that I know of (repeat patterns count as 1), plus a couple signatures beyond the most obvious.
It makes a nice wallpaper too, if I don't mind saying so.
Illustrated entirely in Photoshop on a Cintiq 21UX, if you'd like to see the progression of stages (and witness all the horrible mistakes I made right from the beginning) check out the gallery at Crafty's Facebook page
, and see if you Like it.
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