New portfolio project! I’m doing a Visual Development Project based on Brandon Sanderson’s novella „The Emperor’s Soul“. To kick it off, here is one of the key scenes I illustrated. Stay tuned, more to come :)
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.
Stone tiles … this one is category „time consuming“ more than actually challenging. More time = looks more refined. I feel like I could’ve just filtered a photograph instead… or, maybe more interestingly, learnt how to do tiles like this in Z-Brush. Would love to learn that eventually!
I painted the dark version, but the color flipped one kinda works just as well, don’t you think?
Mossy Rocks!!! <3
Subjects like this one (and many others) always require me to find a good balance. Mixer Brush & Smudge (with some planning and thinking) give me good but rough results very fast. If I use them too much, it becomes too blurry and muddy for my taste, so I switch to regular painting on top to get that hand-painted feel back. That part is super time consuming though and I have no shortcuts or trick (if not using photos). I am still trying to find that balance between speed and nice, „finished“ look. I think using higher opacity brushes with confidence might be one important puzzle piece for solving this mysterious quest.
PS. I love moss!
The terracotta tiles were rather straightforward to paint after looking at some references.
Tuff Stone – this one was surprisingly hard (or more like: time consuming) to make look ok. I thought it would be a base tone with some patches and spots indicating the airy structure, but looking at it up close like this, it took a bit more than that. As with all studies, I’d like to spend like 3 more hours on it to polish it, but time waits for no one etc etc! Not even for tuff stone. The three sides are referenced from 3 different pictures, hence the difference in roughness/color (3-in-1, yay). Tuff comes in many more shapes and colors.
Some happy rocks, and rocky grasslands (from photo ref).
Birch and bamboo. Both are really fun-to-paint plants due to their very characteristic appearance!
Forest floor study – the bottom right one is actually an early stage, but I kinda like it too – more solemn and muted.
Hi! I'm Johanna Rupprecht, a self-educated artist from Germany, specialized in fantasy and sci-fi illustration and concept art. I have a master’s degree in biology and like using my scientific knowledge as inspiration for new artwork.
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