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Ashemark Councilor

Ashemark Councilor, 13"x10", Oil on Paper on Masonite, 2013. ©Fantasy Flight Games.

Last year, I painted this piece for the A Game of Thrones LCG from Fantasy Flight Games.  It was released within one of the newer decks, "Prize of the North."  This guy is a character completely made up for the game, Ashemark gets barely a mention in the novel.  This character is supposed to be a lordling with allegiance towards the Lannisters, hence the lion banners on either side of the archway.  I'm happy with how the piece came out, but I have no real personal story to tell along with it, so I thought I'd just show a couple process images along with this painting. 

This was my main reference picture.  No too much to say, I did many poses with this "staff", and this one seem to have a good diagonal positioning.  The art director also put in the description that it should look as if the character is hindering someone from entering the archway, this seemed like a good dignified way someone of his status would go about this. 

I went to Croatia, where they film the King's Landing scenes in the Game of Thrones tv show, for my honeymoon a couple years ago.  I was able to use some good reference of the walls and lighting effects for the colors of this painting.

Here is the final sketch, as it was approved before I started the painting.  His sigil is the burnt tree, and his colors are gray and orange, so I worked those into the clothing, and gave him a burnt staff.

Well, hope you liked this step-by-step gallery for this post.  I will be at Gen Con Indy at the Indianapolis Convention Center from Ausgust 14th-17th, please stop by my booth in the Art Show, I'd love to talk! 


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