Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Animal Archive

Lini and her forest friends attack a belligerent troll.
Last summer, after returning from Gen Con inspired by all the amazing fantasy art I had seen during the convention, I immediately (well, after unpacking, of course) set to work on my own attempt at an epic fantasy painting for Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder RPG. I don't say "epic" lightly. The painting was one of the most complex I had ever done: an action scene involving more than a dozen individual figures, most of them animals.

The Player Companion I did the painting for came out this month, so I can finally share my cover art! The book is called Animal Archive and it has been receiving many positive reviews.




10 comments:

Bea P. said...

You made really an epic piece of art! i love it!

Katrin said...

Awesome artwork as usual :) I'm a big fan of your colorations!

Afazil said...

So good! Very dynamic. Do you do mock up paintings/ color studies before you tackle the actual painting?

dianastaresinicdeane said...

I can't believe I know someone who can do art this amazing.

Larry MacDougall said...

Fabulous ! And all in watercolour too. Emily you are a maniac. Super job !

Emily Fiegenschuh said...

My apologies to all of you for allowing an entire month to pass before responding to your comments! Thank you for writing, and many thanks for your compliments.

Emily Fiegenschuh said...

Afazil, yes, I do usually do color studies before I paint, especially for a more complex image like this one. Sometimes I do them in Photoshop, sometimes I'll print out a little 5x7 image on watercolor paper and use gouache. They're always pretty messy...

Emily Fiegenschuh said...

Diana–you are way too kind!

Larry–Thank you! I don't think I've ever been called a maniac before, at least not in the positive sense!

Norman Hundert said...

Hey Emily,
really awesome Art!
How much time do you spend on this one? Only the working time..
-best Norman

Emily Fiegenschuh said...

Hi Norman!
I'm never very good at estimating how long it takes me to to a piece from start to finish. Including all the preliminary work (thumbnail sketches, final drawing, color study, etc.) maybe about three weeks for this one? Probably one work-week for all the drawing related stuff and about two to complete the painting.