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
Aug 06, 20130
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.