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Wayne recalls a particularly large commission that he changed in the final stages – thanks to an understanding art director
Created for Dungeons & Dragons, the image above is striking enough, but Wayne reveals it came about through something of a last-minute change, except in this case it wasn’t because of the client.
“The sketch had been approved for the first version,” he explains. “However, I had a change of heart just before I was about to put paint to board. I’d thought of a better composition and felt unable to continue the artwork as it was.”
His main niggle was the positioning of the giant, which takes up almost half the page and thus has to be perfectly placed. Moving the giant, though, meant moving around other elements to fit in, and in fact “it created a whole new composition which resulted in redrawing the entire image from scratch. Despite the work involved at such a late point in the creation process, I much preferred the new composition.”
With many apologies he sent a new sketch to the art director, who fortunately liked the new idea. “I had just enough time to make that final deadline,” he smiles.
bestiary Here be monsters! And Wayne’s brilliantly composed cover painting for the 300-odd page Pathfinder book.
Forge of War Another piece for D&D’s Eberron, depicting the moment before a momentous clash.