It’s done! I started this one back in January (click for WIPs) but I sort of lost interest, maybe because artwork that tries to tell a story or capture a mood is so much more interesting to me now than plain old character sheets.
Anyway, I felt kind of bad about not finishing it so I dusted it off earlier this week. I knew I could do better rendering (and faces… man, always the faces). Much better now – and more importantly, it’s DONE – so I can move on now, haha.
I think this is the first time these four characters have appeared in one artwork together. The last time I drew them all together – 2006 to be precise – they were just a bunch of poorly rendered disembodied heads.
Photoshop CS, many hours
Vince frees some of the ghosts trapped in the echo blade. Airika thinks a sword that leaks ghosts on command is totally metal, but Tren is completely wigged out by so many undead presences flooding into the world (like any good cleric school dropout should be).
(I finished this like a week ago but I got really backlogged for a while on sharing stuff, since it is much more fun to start a new painting than it is to stop and post the previous one. :D)
Vince: Where do you want to go next?
Airika: Doesn’t matter.
Might come back to it, might not. Not sure yet. I kind of like it where it is. I also don’t want to touch his face because omg it’s just right for once. His dopey coat, however, is bugging me.
A couple hours
3 years after Airika and Vince are split up by the powers that be, they meet again by chance. Good thing I was there to draw what they wore to this momentous event!
I really liked his face in the sketch but had a hard time carrying whatever it was I liked about it into the painted version.
So I repainted it over…
But I added the rest of their immediate group. Here they are, the four “guildless” peeps – Tzipora, Vince, Airika, and Tren – so named for their lack of affiliation with any of their world’s important political/social factions.
Going guildless is almost always certain death… unless you have good friends. 🙂
(Yes I repainted his face again, haha! And everyone else’s too. I am eternally dissatisfied with faces. I haven’t ruled out repainting them again.)
A bit more work will finish this one up, but I wanted to post it because I’m falling really behind on posting and about to move house so I’ll have even less time to post in the coming days!