Illustration

This blog represents the work and thoughts of Howard Lyon, Artist and Illustrator

Nissa, Steward of Elements

I had the chance to paint a Planeswalker for the Amonkhet release of Magic the Gathering this year.  The painting is titled Nissa, Steward of Elements.  Here are some of the steps:

Digital sketch 1

Digital sketch 1

Digital sketch 2

Digital sketch 2

Once the sketches are done I start making and gathering reference.  I used Blender to build the model of the background and my wife posed for Nissa using loose cloth and dish towels.

3D Model

3D Model

Photo reference

Photo reference

Once that is finished I can do a tighter drawing, at the same size as the final painting.

Before I start the final I will usually do a color study, either on the computer or in oils.  Sometimes both.  In this case I did both.

Onto the final image!

Here is a time-lapse of the color study:

And of the final: