Yesterday I put the finishing touches on my biggest painting project yet!
I’m a fan of the computer card game Hearthstone and I admire a lot of the art in the game. I’ve been especially enamored by the color and energy of the Auchenai Soulpriest painting by D. Alexander Gregory, so I decided that the best way to learn some new painting techniques and improve my confidence would be to make a copy of it from scratch. If you want to acquire and perfect new skills, imitate the masters.
I started off making painfully slow progress, but as I got the hang of things I was able to work faster and faster. All told I think I spent about 30 hours on the project. If I were to do something similar again I think it would take half that time now that I have a little more expertise.
I had an incredible amount of fun doing this and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I can’t wait to start working on my next painting!
Here’s the finished product, with an animation showing every step of the process below. (Click on either image to view it full size.)