Before the Battle by megaflow

Before the Battle

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Added: Sep 24, 2003
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This is the Naval Tactician from the upcoming Game of Thrones/Throne of Blades set. I think this is the last one of this series I'll put up on Epilogue... There's about eight more of them, but it's time to move on! Thanks to everyone for all your support and comments on this latest set. Buy lots of them when they come out!

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megaflow's picture

Thanks for chiming in, Jess! It's always nice to find that a fellow artist appreciates the efforts I've been making to improve Smile Thanks again.

Guest's picture

Ooh, I was not paying attention when you added this one - not much I can add to all the well-deserved compliments on this piece, except that I think your work is getting more and more subtle and controlled all the time! It's wonderful to see someone who is already so good developing his technique in new directions.

megaflow's picture

You're just too nice, Kay! Thanks! ( I was kind of happy with the colors too - I started with the sky and just went from there).

Guest's picture

Oh I love the colors in this. Just awesome. The snow effect on sea is wonderful and unique too. This is so great Patrick.

megaflow's picture

Any comments are appreciated, Uwe! I like Epilogue mostly for just what you say - learning and being inspired by looking at all the different and accomplished artists, and setting my personal goals higher when I see them. Thanks for writing!

j-art's picture

sorry dont got time to comment on all of your outstanding works - but be sure, i love each and every one of them - and thank for letting me learn just by just looking at your art - a really wunderful gallery - all my respect to the artist, who is able to set me for a little while in another world - thanks -

megaflow's picture

Many thanks, LL! (design lover and design MASTER, I think!)

mermalior's picture

great boat design:)!! (LL - design lover)

megaflow's picture

Buy the book AND the CCG. Everybody wins!!

Guest's picture

nice pic, but i would rather buy the book

megaflow's picture

Thanks, Maria. The color scheme was an interesting challenge - my neighborhood had experienced a particularly great sunset recently, where everything was bathed in a bright pink/purple glow, and I wanted to capture that here. The skin tones, especially, were a challenge to look natural yet still washed in this color. Glad you liked it!

jade's picture

A great piece, Patrick. Nice color scheme and the flying/spraying water is a great touch.

megaflow's picture

Not as beautiful as your Godesses... But thanks!

megaflow's picture

Wow, thanks a lot, James! I was thinking of Sinbad somewhat when I was drawing this fellow - not in his Eastern look, but in the heroism and intelligence the character would show... a thinking man, and a man of action.

goddessart's picture

Absolutely beautiful!

somerset's picture

Some of the best heroes in myth and fantasy where Sailors, Brendan, Malidun, Jason and of course Sinbad! this painting would do justice to any one, or all of them! the whole scene shouts high adventure! such a striking pose from your main character, and the boat is great, a real winner, Patrick!

megaflow's picture

Hey, I appreciate it, Bill. My original sketch of the guy looked a lot like this, but I did a reference photo of a friend anyway. It was a good thing, because my model did this nice neck-craning thing that I hadn't quite captured in my sketch, and that really "sells" the pose, I think.

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Thanks, Agudo. I'm glad you took the time to comment!

megaflow's picture

Thanks, Wenche - I enjoy your art too!

megaflow's picture

That's great praise, Anne - if I ever start getting more book covers, that's just the feeling I would hope to achieve (in other words - making people want to buy the book!). It's good I'm on the right track there.

megaflow's picture

Thanks, Abranda! Any success I'm having with digital art is less talent than just being stubborn... I feel like I'm slogging through mud sometimes. Wink The spray was done with scanned ink spatter that I reversed to white and built up in a few layers, BTW. Glad you liked it!

bcorbett67's picture

Great job on this one Patrick, I like the ship detail and the guy's pose.

megaflow's picture

Sean, it's funny - as I was doing the little rivets and all the individual planks on the boat I was thinking I was crazy becuse no one would ever notice them. Thanks for mentioning them! -- The squid was the toughest part, because the book called for the Kraken symbology like this, with the "head" at the prow and the tenticles trailing under the boat. But a squid head was looking kind of silly pointing out of the front. So I drew some inspiration from old Viking boats with the dragon coming out in this "S" shape, and did the same here. I think I finally got it to work, and look somewhat threatening.

megaflow's picture

Thanks very much, Rita!

megaflow's picture

Much appreciated, Marley. This is sort of a hybrid of new and old ideas - more of the outlines and melding of one shadowed area into another, than my older work. But coming up with the very creative shadows required by my newer look is difficult, so there are more "traditional" parts like the rendering of the boat itself.

megaflow's picture

Hey, Chris, you should be writing my promotional materials! Thanks much for the kind words.

Guest's picture

So! From what I have read says it all.
Art lover Agudo.

Guest's picture

Very nice!

Guest's picture

Wow, Patrick - this has such emotion and has me wondering what the story is all about. Really wonderful work Smile

abranda's picture

The water spray is fabulous. I wish I had talent with digital. Beautiful work!

Art at its best.