The Emperor’s Soul – Emperor’s Wing (Mood)

New portfolio project! I’m doing a Visual Development Project based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“.

This is the – for now – last painting of the series, a mood painting of the hallways found in the Emperor’s wing of the imperial palace.

Huge Thanks goes to Yen Shu Liao, who helped me throughout this project with making sure I don’t mess up the „Asian“ (more particular, Taiwanese) inspiration too much, and also helped me out with Chinese search words when English & dictionaries failed me. Thank you!
If not for all that help I’d probably have ended up putting references for longevity on prison cells and the like… :) And last but not least Yen is also the reason why I had a huge pile of my own photographs of Taiwanese temples and museums as reference for this project. Thank you!

The project is based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“.
Set in an Asian-inspired fantasy world, we follow the story of Shai, a so called „forger“ with the magical ability to change an object’s appearance and history by applying a „soul stamp“ to it.

The Emperor’s Soul – Shai & Gaotona

New portfolio project! I’m doing a Visual Development Project based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“. This is the imperial bedchamber. After his injury, The Emperor does not leave this place.

The story is based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“.
Set in an Asian-inspired fantasy world, we follow the story of Shai, a so called „forger“ with the magical ability to change an object’s appearance and history by applying a „soul stamp“ to it.

The Emperor’s Soul – Emperor’s Wing

New portfolio project! I’m doing a Visual Development Project based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“. Moving on to the Imperial Wing – a stark difference with its gold ornaments and hallways lined with ancient portraits and artifacts.

The project is based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“.
Set in an Asian-inspired fantasy world, we follow the story of Shai, a so called „forger“ with the magical ability to change an object’s appearance and history by applying a „soul stamp“ to it.

The Emperor’s Soul – Shai’s Wing

New portfolio project! I’m doing a Visual Development Project based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“. Outside of Shai’s room – she is located in one of the less well maintained wings of the palace.

The story is based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“.
Set in an Asian-inspired fantasy world, we follow the story of Shai, a so called „forger“ with the magical ability to change an object’s appearance and history by applying a „soul stamp“ to it.

 

The Emperor’s Soul – Shai’s room (after transformation)

New portfolio project! I’m doing a Visual Development Project based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“. Shai’s work room – after she did severe “improvements” to each and every furniture, and even tore down a wall for more space.

The project is based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“.
Set in an Asian-inspired fantasy world, we follow the story of Shai, a so called „forger“ with the magical ability to change an object’s appearance and history by applying a „soul stamp“ to it.

 

The Emperor’s Soul – Shai’s room (before transformation)

New portfolio project! I’m doing a Visual Development Project based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“. Here you see Shai’s work room – the dustist and most shabby place they could find for her.

The project is based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“.
Set in an Asian-inspired fantasy world, we follow the story of Shai, a so called „forger“ with the magical ability to change an object’s appearance and history by applying a „soul stamp“ to it.

The Emperor’s Soul – Imperial Prison

New portfolio project! I’m doing a Visual Development Project based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“. This is Shai’s Prison cell – specifically designed to hold people with magical abilities like hers.

The project is based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“.
Set in an Asian-inspired fantasy world, we follow the story of Shai, a so called „forger“ with the magical ability to change an object’s appearance and history by applying a „soul stamp“ to it.