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mearrin69
11-06-2010, 03:57 AM
Hi all,
The image below is a preview of the illustration that will accompany the climactic battle in my upcoming adventure, Curse of the Emperor's Stone, for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game from Paizo. This is the finished "pencils", which is in the process of being inked, then colored. It was done by James Sinclair, a 14-year veteran artist that has worked with companies including DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics.

The encounter is a battle in three parts - with the PCs and their allies, the Sifeng ("Four Winds") monks, on one side and their enemies, the Lushou (the "Green Hand", a notorious crime organization in Haibianr) and its allies, on the other. The illustration depicts the opening scene of the fight, taking place outside the gates of the House of the Four Winds, high in the hills above Haibianr. Later the battle spills into the walls of the monastery itself, as the PCs rush to save the leader of the Sifeng order and then encounter the Lushou lieutenant heading the attack (he is pictured at the front-right of the illustration). Oh, yeah, the battle takes place during a heavy monsoon rainstorm.

I haven't posted this on my site yet (going to wait for the final, colored version next week or so before I do much promotion) but I wanted to share it with you guys first. Since you're all artists I figure you'll be able to appreciate where the piece is going. I think little will change with the inking. Color will bring bright red and blue lighting to the spell effects from the PCs and a lot of mood. Hopefully you like it. I think it's rather epic...and matches the feel of the encounter quite nicely.
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Aval Penworth
11-06-2010, 04:57 AM
Well the good guys certainly seem on top of things!

tilt
11-06-2010, 04:59 AM
looks cool Mearrin - congrats on it all :)

torstan
11-06-2010, 10:20 AM
Looks great! That's going to be a lovely piece.

Steel General
11-06-2010, 11:04 AM
Very nice!

Love the fact that you don't use the pig-nosed version of orcs, that's how I more or less picture them as well (without the Asian-themed armor of course :))

mearrin69
11-06-2010, 11:32 PM
Thanks, guys. I'm pretty excited about the piece. I can't wait to see it finished and get some of the others he's putting together as well. When I started this project I would not have pegged this style (i.e. comic book-ish) as something I'd have wanted for my products - but James' work is really stellar.

One of the things I like most about this piece is how much the PCs and their allies are kicking the crap out of the horde that's arrayed against them. The monks are doing some serious kung fu fightin' - and the dwarf axe cleaving the guy's helm and the swashbuckler sticking her rapier through the dude in front of her are pretty awesome. Yeah, of course, the mage and cleric are roasting some cats too, but you expect that in a fantasy shot. :)

Funny you mention that about the orcs, SG. I think he's made them rather ape-ish. Looking at them in that armor (which comes more or less from a ref photo I sent him of Chinese armor in a museum) I realize how much inspiration the designers of the new Planet of the Apes movie took from Asian style. That dude on the right could be straight out of that movie.
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Ramah
11-07-2010, 10:40 AM
Looks lovely. :) I hope you will post the finished piece up so we can compare? :)

mearrin69
11-07-2010, 10:55 AM
I certainly will.
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ExMachina
11-08-2010, 12:02 AM
I definitely want to see this when it's fully colored and fleshed out. :)

Right now it's looking pretty awesome, I wish I could draw like that! ;)

Terraformer_Author
11-10-2010, 10:16 PM
I like it - reminds me a little bit of the art in the old AD&D booklets and manuals. would look good both colored and in a b/w version.

Ascension
11-10-2010, 10:20 PM
Looks great, man.

mearrin69
11-11-2010, 01:04 AM
Thanks, guys. Just got the inked version, BTW. This is a pretty lo-res PDF. I know the original work is pretty large. Next up is coloring.
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Terraformer_Author
11-11-2010, 04:11 AM
Yumminess...Tastey, chewy, delicious, cavity driving yumminess...

Steel General
11-11-2010, 11:56 AM
looking forward to the colorized version - though this is quite chock-full-o'coolness!

mearrin69
11-23-2010, 10:36 PM
Hey guys. Here's the final, colored image. I am very pleased with it...to say the least. Also, a sketch for the next illustration from this artist. I think it's going to be awesome as well.
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mearrin69
12-10-2010, 08:57 PM
Still collecting images from artists. Here's the final pencil of the sketch scene I previewed last post. Again, this is from James Sinclair.

I'm also attaching two portraits of NPCs from another artist, Owen Hunter. One, Aldo Bonisi, is the master of the ship that brings the PCs to Haibianr and the other is Laoshu, the curator of a curious curio shop who serves as an ally and source of information for the PCs.

The final image is a poor one, by yours truly, of a tiangou, the "celestial dog", from the bestiary that accompanies the adventure. Now, the Tiangou is a nasty beast of mythological proportions but this is just the "lesser" version encountered by the PCs during their visit to Haibianr. It's still nasty but at least it can't swallow the sun like its big brother!

I've got a couple more portraits and some more bestiary images coming as well as the final inks and colors of the ambush scene from James. Apart from a few more maps (by me) and some miscellaneous odds and ends I should have all of my art ready to go into the layout by the end of December. I guess that means I need to get the text finalized, huh? :)
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mearrin69
03-08-2011, 11:55 PM
Just realized I haven't posted here in a while. I've got a lot of new preview art posted since this last one. If you're interested please check out http://www.acaciagames.com/. I won't upload it all here since it's already taking up bandwidth somewhere else. :) If anyone's in the area or going to PaizoCon I'm happy to take care of your bookmarking needs with my new awesome bookmarks!
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ravells
03-09-2011, 02:29 PM
This looks fantastic, mearrin69! It must feel great to see your project realised. Best of luck in selling lots of copies!