Hero­quest

ImagineFX - - Les Edwards -

The art for the 1988 board game en­dures, but cre­at­ing it wasn’t a straight­for­ward ex­pe­ri­ence for Les “I prob­a­bly get more en­quiries about this paint­ing than any other. I’m sure I could have sold it ten times over. Un­for­tu­nately, the client bought all the art­work for this game as part of the deal so I no longer have it. Now that fans of the game are grown up they of­ten get in touch want­ing more in­for­ma­tion. Apart from mak­ing me feel an­cient, it’s quite a boost to re­alise that some­thing I painted is re­mem­bered with such af­fec­tion by a lot of people.

This wasn’t a par­tic­u­larly easy job as the client was very de­mand­ing. It was chiefly con­cerned that the back­ground char­ac­ters should ac­cu­rately re­flect the minia­tures in the game, which had al­ready been de­signed. My main con­cern was deal­ing with what was, for some­one used to paint­ing book cov­ers, an un­usual shape. Fit­ting the cen­tral fig­ure into the land­scape shape of the box was some­thing of a prob­lem, as I wanted him to be large enough to dom­i­nate the com­po­si­tion so his pose is a bit more crouched than I’d like. On the other hand it was great to be let loose on some­thing like this and I re­ally got my teeth into paint­ing it.”

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