EverQuest - box art by megaflow
Well, this was an interesting project. This was to be the box art for the next in the popular EverQuest series. In terms of important clients, this was pretty big for me - Sony Online. In terms of pressure, pretty big too - as I had to try to live up to the legacy of Keith Parkinson on the previous EverQuest covers (a style and main character he created).
Unfortunately, just as I finished, I learned some sad news. The project was cancelled and never to be released! They will use some of my characters from the painting, but this will be your only chance to see the never-to-be-printed cover in its entirety. (I still got paid so don't feel too bad for me!)
The left 1/3 of the cover was to be the front cover, and the rest would be a fold out. Of course, there had to be room for the Logo and various text areas, too. The characters vary in origin... Firiona, the beautiful elf wizard on the left was created by Keith Parkinson, and appears on all the EverQuest covers. The knight and two dwarves in the middle are in the most powerful battle armor available to them in the game. The large Orc on the right is an amalgam of various Orc costumes and my own ideas. The smaller evil characters are Goblins, which hadn't really been rendered in real drawings before (that I had seen) so these are my interpretations. The Drow coming down the stairs is loosely based on a Parkinson idea. The Archer is in the flavor of the elven archers in the game, though not any one precisely. The musician is my design.
Well, I hope you enjoy this rare chance to see a work that won't see the light of day elsewhere. I should also mention that S.O.E. Art Director Mike Myers was great to work with!