Insider 12-7-2010

In this blog, we are going to take another look at the art process of Privateer Press staff illustrator Andrea Uderzo and his take on the upcoming Protectorate of Menoth warcaster Thyra, Flame of Sorrow.

Sketch Stage:

Here Andrea cranks out a few quick sketches to find the right gesture for the subject. It’s always amazing to see how he can give us an immediately recognizable foreground, mid-ground, and background with a few simple lines. One of the things we decided early on with WARMACHINE: Wrath was that we wanted to get more of the setting into the artwork to better ground the characters in the Iron Kingdoms. Is there any question about what kind of warjack we have wrecked below Thyra or the type of environment where this scene is taking place? Not in the least.
The final decision was to go with sketch #3. It feels more dynamic and the pose has the attitude and “into the fray” feeling we were looking for.

Final Drawing Stage:

At this stage, Andrea refines the sketch into a complete line drawing. Here we can make any adjustments that need to be done before going into full color. Look how little the foreground and background have changed from the initial sketch. They are nice and simple, keeping the focus (no pun intended) on the warcaster.

Initial Color:

Here, Andrea has rendered out the scene. In the brief we sent him, we requested that the lighting feel like dusk or dawn, and that’s exactly what we have. The foreground and background are not competing with Thyra and compliment the overall piece. At this point, we have a completely publishable piece. However, we aren’t done just yet…

Final Color:

A few more lighting tweaks and the addition of Thyra’s spell runes bring this image to its final, approved version. Andrea makes this process look easy, and as always, it is a pleasure to work with him.