Depart at dusk (wips and done)

depart_at_dusk_doneTren: We can’t go with them, but there’s nothing stopping us from following… We’ll depart at dusk.

No big story behind this one, just Airika being her usual optimistic self and Tren making plans. This one was a lot of fun to paint, and the lighting and palette were challenging. The palette was inspired largely by this painting called “Memoria” that I found on DeviantArt, so my thanks goes out to this (and all the other artists) out there sharing their work so that other artists (like me!) can learn from them.

Here are some WIPs, starting with a bunch of chunky blobs. I didn’t really use a sketch for this one, and I kind of flip back and forth between bothering with a sketch vs. just jumping right into blobs of color.
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Got Tren’s face to a happy place on the first attempt. Aw yiss.depart_at_dusk_wip02

At this point I was so happy with it I debated chopping Airika out of it and making it just Tren. But I think I make more compelling scenes when there are at least two characters, so I kept her in.

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From here it was just render, render, render.

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I could keep picking at it, but at this point I think I’ve learned what I was gonna learn from it and I’m ready to start something new.

Photoshop, a few hours.

Where I met the old witch (wips and done)

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After Vince is sent away by his guild leaders and Tren goes into a period of intense study with her old master, Airika is left on her own to get into trouble. Legend tells of an old high born necromancer, sealed away in an elven coffin and buried in the deepest marsh. But Airika doesn’t know that yet, she just wants to know what’s in the box. (Hint: it’s a pissed off necromancer.)

Painting work in progress steps:

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where_i_met_the_old_witch_doneAs you can see, I spent a lot of time thrashing about on getting her face right. There were even more face attempts but I won’t bore you with all of them. Needless to say, I am glad I pressed on and continued to redesign and re-render until I was happy with the scene.

 

 

Into the icy spider caves (wips + done)

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Airika: I’m supposed to kill them? What if they’re friendly spiders?!

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Vince: They’re not friendly spiders. Rule #38: Spiders this big are not friendly.

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Tren: They are awful spiders. They eat puppies.

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Airika: Then maybe they’re an important part of the local ecosystem. What if the world would become overrun with puppies without these spiders?

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Vince: Then this cave would be full of puppies and we’d be killing puppies instead. And that’s horrible.

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Tren: Do your part to prevent mass puppy slaughter by newbies.

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Airika: What if I like spiders more than I like puppies?

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Vince: …
Tren: On the count of three, I’m roasting these spiders myself. One, two…

Photoshop CS6, several hours