Storm of Minions
Fantasy illustration of a warlock
A gnome warlock orders his minions to attack. Made as a TCG illustration.
Since this illustration was a card art, it was of utmost importance that it was readable at a very small size. That doesn't change the whole illustration process, but it shifts the focus a little. For example, I started with a sketch like usual, but made sure that even in this early state the drawing will be easily readable. I tested contrasts with a greyscale overlay and simple color palettes.
After I had a good feeling about my composition and colors, I started doing a more detailed sketch. Followed by blocking in color areas. Always keeping the rough colored sketch as reference, I started shading.
At some point I realized I had to get rid of the color of the robe. The color made the drawing fall apart. For a book illustration, this might have not been necessary, but small card art is another matter. I didn't want to risk overwhelming the viewer.