A cover of a book that just got released recently. Stars Elminster in his debut 4th edition appearance. I had fun with the cover, never thought I would ever throw that many special effects into one piece though. Guess that's what happens when wizards throw down against one another. Here's another quick look at some process. A hard spot was getting the red orange fire to work on the blue fire in the back. My favorite part is the 3 guys in the back that no one will ever see.

13 comments:

Luca says:
at: August 11, 2010 at 1:06 AM said...

Great work Cake, yeah man there are variations in chroma, but very well balanced. How much time it took you?

(Great armor by the way!)

pokepetter says:
at: August 11, 2010 at 8:34 AM said...

I like the third process picture where he makes golden fire :D

Chris Rahn says:
at: August 11, 2010 at 11:19 AM said...

Great control. I don't know how you do it.

It was great getting to BS at Gencon, I hope we get the chance again sometime.

Michael says:
at: August 11, 2010 at 1:27 PM said...

Awesome, love the massively saturated reds and yellows of the fire with the contrasting blue behind it. Can't wait for your workshop next month!

By Scott Flanders says:
at: August 11, 2010 at 4:16 PM said...

my favorite cover you've done! nice man.

MuYoung Kim says:
at: August 11, 2010 at 5:26 PM said...

Very, very nice, and a great visual return of Elminster! Thanks as always for posting the progress shots as well.

:D

-Mu

Colin Michael Ashcroft says:
at: August 13, 2010 at 1:14 AM said...

Really nice, love the contrasting colours and boldness of this piece. Thanks for posting your process too!

Chi-Wen says:
at: August 13, 2010 at 3:07 AM said...

Awesome composition. Thank you for sharing your process as well!

Tom Scholes says:
at: August 15, 2010 at 3:07 AM said...

Dayamn, hardcore complicated. Impressed you could juggle it dood.

geekofalltrades says:
at: August 16, 2010 at 6:42 PM said...

I was curious about something. In the first two thumbnails the two antagonists seem to be facing off on the same area of the background (note the guy on the left with his arm outstretched. Then it seems to abruptly change, with the "dark antagonist moving to the lower left corner of the piece when you switched to colors.


I wonder what the rationale behind this was, as it would help me in my own compositions of scenes. Awesome work!

Kekai says:
at: August 18, 2010 at 12:36 AM said...

geek - Just sort of happened as I was going about. Seemed I wanted a character as a focus in the back cover, and add some more depth to the piece. I try to keep things loose and free flowing while working on a piece, so things change.

geekofalltrades says:
at: August 18, 2010 at 10:21 AM said...

Makes sense. I tend to be scared of making changes midstream, which I think may be a flaw on my part.

I definitely need to learn to loosen up!

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