War Drums process by Sidharth Chaturvedi
War Drums process by Sidharth Chaturvedi

Here’s a snippet of a walk-through by a friend of mine, Sidharth Chaturvedi, who graciously allowed me to repost it here. I’ve included the first few steps, but click over to his site to get the full step-by-step. I think it’s awesome to see working artists giving back to the community so early in their career. Thanks for sharing, Sid!

War Drums Process by Sidharth Chaturvedi

I saved some process images of my painting ‘War Drums’ when I was working on it back in December, with the intention of doing a step-by-step for anyone interested. Here it is! The whole piece took around two days. It was done for the Cataclysm expansion for Warhammer: Invasion.

The description for this one was very simple: “An orc warboss oversees a group of orc drummers. He is yelling to encourage them to drum harder.” I sent the above sketches to my AD at Fantasy Flight Games at the time, Mike Linnemann. If you really want your client to pick a comp, make it in color. Mike has a good eye though, and is immune to tricks- I tried that one on my very first job with him and it didn’t work- so I just told him. He picked the first one, with a note saying the Warboss was too big and the drummers too small.
Normally an FFG job requires revisions, so I’d do them digitally. This was the very first piece I did after coming back from IlluxCon V though, and I was supercharged to do something in oil, especially after watching Justin Sweet fearlessly turn a pile of mud into a gorgeous Drow elf. So, I made an exception here. I did some small sketches to figure out the poses of the drummers, and then spent a few hours doing a tight pencil drawing straight on the board (18X24″ gessoboard, which I would do everything on if it wasn’t so expensive). I don’t normally do this detailed a drawing first because I am stupid- when I take the time for it, it makes the rest go much faster.

Want to read the rest of Sid’s post on this? Head over to the original post at his site!


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