Sunday, October 28, 2012

Orc Death Knight

This is a third card for the World of Warcraft TCG set, War of the Ancients. The title and image should be self-explanatory so I'll talk briefly about technique. As I've mentioned before, I sometimes find it useful to paint an image purely in value, in tones of gray, so that I can focus on light and shadow first without worrying about color. That's the approach I took with this one, going from sketch to black and white "underpainting" to full color. The entire piece was created in Adobe Photoshop and for those who need to know such things, the color was added gradually, on layers, using several different layer modes (primarily overlay, color, saturation and normal mode).


  1. Thanks for the post, great piece! I should try painting in greyscale first more :)

  2. It's helpful, Mike! I don't do it every time but it can be nice to just focus on value and worry about color later.

    Thanks for the kind words. :)