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Southlands

Client:Kobold Press

Art Director:Marc Radle

Date Published:2015

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City of Crimson Pillars

Southlands is an adventure RPG book, that takes place in the Southern continent of Kobold Press' Midgard setting.

I did 11 half page, chapter openers. When Marc reached out to work on this book, I was in the middle of researching a similar setting for a personal project. I've been into fantasy for a long time, and with the popularity of Games of Thrones, I was looking to expand fantasy outside of the Northern European setting the genre tends to find itself in. As soon as Marc went over the brief, I knew I had to take the project.

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Gnoll Raiders

Since the stories in the book spanned a whole region, there was a real chance of incorporating many different groups and cultures in the images. I tried to work in enough details to show a variety of costumes and characters.

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Serpent-Scholar of Lignas
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Warrior of Narumbeki
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Demon Priestess
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Horseman of Ishadia
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Dwarven Forge
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Wind Djinn's Court
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God Kings of Nuria Natal
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Merchant of Shibai

Sketches

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Serpent-Scholar of Lignas
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Horseman of Ishadia
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Tamasheq
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God Kings of Nuria Natal
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3d reference

Here's a collection of some of the 3d reference I used to make the final illustrations.

Honors & Publications

Chesley Award

Nominated, 2016

For Kobold Press' Southlands, "Demon Priestess"

Infected by Art

Vol 4, 2016

"Autumn Wind"

Imagine FX

June 2014

Io9

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