February 28, 2013

Reign of Winter parts 2 & 3

Covers for Pathfinder's Reign of Winter: The Shackled Hut, and Maiden, Mother, Crone. I kept the palettes limited, even the warmest hues were mixed with a little blue to maintain a very cold feel. Art direction by Sarah Robinson, cover design by Andrew Vallas.



The finishes turned out very close to the approved sketches. The winter witch's face looked a little odd, so I completely repainted it in color, and the centaur's war hammer needed to be redesigned to match a previous reference.

Final Composites


  1. Amazing stuff, man. I told you this already, but I love these.

  2. Great illustrations. It is interesting to see the covers broken down to the individual pieces. How do you go about colorizing the grey-scale paintings? Do you have a set process for that step?

  3. Thanks again!

    Lance- I convert the image to RGB, duplicate the grayscale layer (keeping it as the background layer for value reference), then apply a 10-20% color filter to the top layer (image→adjustments→photo filter). This adds just a little bit of base color, kinda like a thin wash. After that I use a large brush in color mode to establish the overall palette, then smaller brushes in normal mode to smooth transitions and polish details.

    1. Thank you so much for answering my question. I was curious to hear because I have been using monochromatic underlays in my painting process too. But when I've went to colorize them I always seemed to lose a lot of the initial values I had established and it feels like I always end up doing all the value work twice. I have not tried messing with brush modes yet, only been changing entire layer modes (mainly color, normal, & multiply). I will have to begin experimenting with brush modes. Thank you for the insight.

  4. Beautiful work at always! So good! :D