Friday, January 13, 2017

The Art of Into the Wintery Gale

The entire "Into the Wintery Gale" series marks the first time I have had full autonomy and creative control as the creative and art director for such a major publication (about 20 products including 5 books, 5 additional adventures, three decks of cards, tokens, miniatures, GM Screen, battle mats, and more). And, I must say that it has been an absolutely amazing experience.

From the powerful featured cover artwork for "Wrath of the Jötunn" by Jason Rainville (which he amazingly manifested based on only a few provided paragraphs I wrote up) to the amazing interior artwork crafted by Mates Laurentiu (who seemed to immediately conceptualize my visions and make them a reality). 

I literally could not have asked for higher quality work. Watching these two forces of creativity ply their trade has been an absolute privilege.

Never let an art director fool you -- while it is a ton of work and a scheduling nightmare -- it is an amazing job unlike any other. I truly hope that I have the opportunity to hold the position again sometime in the future.

This is why I felt compelled to showcase the artwork done for the Vikmordere Saga in its very own book with each piece of amazing artwork featured on its very own page. I put together "The Art of Into the Wintery Gale: Full Color Art Portfolio & Concept Sketch Catalog" initially as a "bonus" book in thanks to the amazing Kickstarter backers who supported the project, and it can be a fantastic companion to the mega-adventure series as each page makes for fantastic visual handouts at the game table.

In addition to over 90-pages of full-color art, the book also includes over 30 pages filled with concept sketches providing a unique glimpse into the design process. It has already been provided to all of the project backers, but the PDF is also currently available for purchase with a print version in the works.

 This massive artbook is currently available for purchase via Adventureaweek.com, DriveThruRPG, and RPGNow.

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