Whew—it’s been an incredibly busy last two weeks, and it feels like I haven’t been able to post anything here in ages! Here’s a Guild Wars 2 illustration I’ve been meaning to share since the last week of February.
During the school year I generally impose a ban on myself from playing, so once reading week came around, I decided to binge (and proceeded to spend most of the week playing with a friend). It only felt appropriate to create a piece based on our characters!*
First, I draft an extremely rough sketch in pencil, then begin building over it in vector shapes. Poses and details always change once I start rendering, so I don’t concern myself too much with the drawing.
Stage 2 is more building & working in of details. (The Verdant Staff in the image on the right was particularly fun to make—it’s one of my favourite staves in-game, and also provided a nice hit of bright green here!)
Stage 3 is the home stretch, but I’m often shifting things around right until the very end (see: pose on left). At this point, most of it came down to tiny details in the armour and weapons, which were loads of fun to do.
Here’s the final!
I’ve been really inspired by the paper-cut aesthetic of a number of artists & classmates recently, but always have a really unpleasant time cutting/pasting/working with pieces of paper—so I wanted to see if I could replicate the look around using my own strengths (which ended up being an incredibly fun experiment)!
*For any curious players, my friend plays the hot ladythief on the left (Aribeth Hunt), and I play the brightly dressed sylvari mesmer on the right (Nycifera). Find me on Crystal Desert!