The Court of Green Scales
Dungeons & Dragons supplement interior artwork.
© WOTC; D&D.
Acrylics, Approx 14.5" x 20.5"
Original artwork for sale.
'The Kobold chieftain happily offered up tribute to the tribe's mighty King'
I liked the idea of compartmentalising this image more than many I create. The upper half is delineated by the shelf of soil and rock, isolating the Chieftain and Dragon from the treasure horde, and basic grunts below. This is then bisected by the strong verticals formed by the waterfall and tree, which lends more elegance and sinuousness to the s-shape of the Dragon.
It made a nice change to work with a green/brown palette with which I wanted to evoke the sense of late afternoon light. Additionally this was one the first paintings where I used a lot of gel medium. I found it really enabled me to soften the edges, especially in the shadows.
I also enjoyed putting in all the little details, and thinking of where all that treasure came from; is the gold statue a religious icon, a legendary hero, or an award?