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Fan­tasy artist… and fash­ion afi­cionado? Wayne talks about know­ing his threads

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This il­lus­tra­tion of Valeros is sig­nif­i­cant be­cause it was the first “iconic char­ac­ter” for Paizo’s RPG Pathfinder, and Wayne says it also rep­re­sents an evo­lu­tion­ary cul­mi­na­tion of ev­ery­thing he’d pre­vi­ously worked on.

“Much of my art­work has been about stylised ex­ag­ger­a­tion, and I ap­ply this ideal when it comes to cre­at­ing a fan­tasy char­ac­ter to make a recog­nised el­e­ment into some­thing un­usual or fan­tas­ti­cal,” he ex­plains. “My char­ac­ter de­signs are a re­sult of years of stud­ies into his­tor­i­cal cos­tum­ing, mil­i­tary ar­mour, weapons and equip­ment.

“Be­ing able to un­der­stand how these things are made and how they look in real life helped im­mensely when cre­at­ing a fan­tasy ver­sion of a real-life ob­ject.”

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