Monday, February 01, 2016

Secrets of Valhalla

Here's a book I illustrated the cover for last year. Getting the composition to work with all those branches was tricky, and I still not sure the hierarchy is as clear as it should be, though it looks pretty good with the title in there.
In the book the tree is described as being silvery, but when I tried a full chrome tree it felt a bit out of control. So I tried silvery threads instead, and kept them mostly dark with the occasional glint of light so most the focus would be on the magic of the scene.


  1. i really like how you accomplished the silver parts of the tree without chroming it out completely. Your lighting is always great! Nice piece Sam.

    1. Thanks Jason! I should post the full chrome version too so you can see how crazy it looked. :)

  2. At first I read it as "getting the compensation for all those branches was tricky." Which makes me think maybe next time you should ask to be paid by the branch. :)

  3. Any way to do that water effect quickly? I've been messing with photoshop's glass/ocean ripple, but it doesn't seem to be cutting it!

  4. Very attractive this painting here . Like your post .


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