Today, I am happy to share the process and steps that went into one of my four illustrations in the recently released Dungeons & Dragons supplement, Candlekeep Mysteries. For this installment, I am sharing the Skitterwidget. The Skitterwidget and Kiddywidget were a pair of pieces that needed to be adult and child versions of a mechanical dog-cockroach-like construct that the players would encounter. The design was entirely up to me, and I always love these types of assignments. Here is the final painting for the Skitterwidget.
While I am focusing on the Skitterwidget in this post, I designed the Skitterwidget and Kiddywidget in adult and child pairings. This way, production could look at the two versions and pick their favorites. I wanted them to have a familial connection and not look like two random robot creatures. Since I had free range with the design process, save for them being reminiscent of a mechanical dog-cockroach. I pulled designs from my head and worked them up or abandoned them as I moved through options. In the end, I submitted three pairs of designs.
I believe production requested the Skitterwidget options 'B' and left the selection of the Kiddywidget up to me. While that is nice to have the freedom to select what I wanted, I needed to also use option 'B' of the Kiddywidget. I really liked the Kiddywidget option 'B,' but as a pairing, my favorite was 'C.' Option 'B' was a close second. Now that I had a thumbnail, it was time to get started on the final drawing.
I won't go over the ups and downs of this drawing all again as I have shared information about it enough already. The drawing was approved, and I was given permission to move forward on the painting. There was one note from my art director to make sure that there would be no confusion regarding what piece is the construct's eye. With so many circular forms and it looking back over its shoulder, I understand the need for clarity. Here is the painting of the Skitterwidget taking shape.
I painted the Skitterwidget before the Kiddywidget so that I had an adult version of the color palette and overall material guide to then adjust to the child. I will share more about that when I share the process on the Kiddywidget.
That's all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog. See you back here on Friday! Until then...
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