Designing Warriors of Virtue Cover Art Part 12

by Mar 26, 2016Art Projects

(A.K.A. Schoolism Pictorial Composition Week 05)

Video 12: If you cannot see the embedded video:

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In this video I’ve decided to add details to the Warrior of Virtue uniform. Inspired by the white tree of Gondor, I’ve added an embroidered apple tree (my favourite fruit at the time) studded with ruby apples to the front of the uniforms. The tree is surrounded by circles and crescent moons. The circles should be the sun to represent night and day vigilance of the warriors, but I’m not 100% sure. Instead of flat colour I’ve added lines to the design to look as if it was created by sowing. Then I realized that the surrounding pattern was too light, so I added more colour.

In the second half of the video I paint the elemental powers. I start with Nenya and the power of water. I’ve never really painted water before, but by typing “water power” into Google’s search engine, I got a lot of interesting images (Did I mention how much I love Google?). For the wind I knew that I wanted to show particles. Therefore, I spent some time designing my own brush. I’m still not sure about the lighting, but I do like the shape of Viliya’s whirlwind. The last is Narya’s fire.

After completing this part of the video, I went back to the Schoolism Pictorial Composition Lesson #5. I was not quite sure what N. F. did to create light groups, but thankefully two Facebook Group members responded to my enquiry. I’ll attempt to follow their advice in the next video.

I’ve also had an epiphany for a very simple Warrior of Virtue cover. Thinking about shadows, I thought about having the water warrior and a dragon as shadows, and a simple monochromatic cover. I’m a huge fan of Drew Struzan, so I like the painted image, but the shadows may be more sophisticated? What do you think?

Warriors of Virtue Simple Cover Design Ideas

I’m thinking of a blue background with black warrior character, blue-black dragon, and a glowing area showing the Warrior’s power.