The Hundred Handed One.
D&D Chapter Start; The Plane Above.
Approx 21" x 19". Acrylics. Original art for sale: £1500.
©Wizards of the Coast
The Plane Above; Secrets of the Astral Sea has now been released, which means I can share my work on this D&D supplement. The Hundred Handed One was great fun to work on, and certainly satisfied my love of working with multiple figures, even if they are mainly compressed into one gross daemonic beastie!
The illustration followed the same layout requirements of previous Chapter Starts I've worked on, with the image spreading across two pages with the guttering faling about a third in from the left. I tried to work the composition around this with the adventurers being placed on facing pages, and the monster flowing between them.
Value & Layout Sketch; digital greyscale.
I also sought to aid depth and clarity through colour choice, the red, green and blue providing strong delineation. The focus of the image is the explosion and that is emphasised through the strong white light and triangular composition of the combatants.
Line Sketch; graphite on board.