Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fantasy Art Thursday: "Thornkeep" by Wayne Reynolds

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Wayne Reynolds seems to be one of those artists who people either love or hate. While I admit he's not a flawless artist (especially when it comes to anatomy and proportion), I enjoy his "dungeonpunk" aesthetic and the man can draw a great action scene. 

This piece, which acts as the cover illustration to the Pathfinder Online supplement "Thornkeep", is a great representation of a grim, lawless frontier town. The dirty streets are illuminated solely by dingy lanterns and the dim lights seeping out of the buildings' windows. Mischievous goblins with crude blades lurk in the shadows, waiting to strike a hooded thief who's stealing the coin purse of a hapless adventurer. 

Reynolds does a great job at showing the dark side of Thornkeep with this illustration, giving the individual who picked up this supplement a good idea what to expect from this frontier settlement. Who wouldn't want to run a campaign with their very own wretched hive of scum & villainy (sorry, I had to say it) and this picture shows that Thornkeep might be a good place to use for that. 

Question Time: What is your favorite Wayne Reynolds' piece? Why do you like it?