Hey folks, woah, I got to do the cover for the latest Ravenloft book for Dungeons and Dragons! Talk about rolling a 20!
This was a dream assignment for me. Ravenloft was one of the coolest D&D modules to play in my youth. It had it all, Vampires, undead, wearwolves. And it didn’t hurt that it had the best cover I’d ever seen on an RPG, by the master, Clyde Caldwell. One of those images that has been seared into my brain for decades, and is partially responsible for setting me on the art path. Thanks Clyde.
SO grab some popcorn, you have about 15 min of gothic process headed your way. As I take you from this:
Scott M. Fischer graduated with honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design and since that time his brush has steadily been carving a path along the illustration landscape.
Scott is the regular cover artist for Joss Whedon’s ‘Buffy-The Vampire Slayer’, ‘Angel’ as well as the ‘Angel & Faith’ comic books (Dark Horse Comics). He is the silhouette artist behind the #1 NY Times best selling books, ‘Peter Pan in Scarlet’ . (Simon and Schuster) and Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer’s ‘Between the Lines' (Simon and Schuster). He is a notable cover artist for, Simon and Schuster, Tor, Harper Collins, Scholastic, Penguin, Del Rey, Random House, Daw, etc.
Fully illustrated middle grade fiction credits include the New York Times best selling ‘Magesterium’ series by Cassandra Claire and Holly Black (Scholastic), ’The Secrets of Dripping Fang’ series by Dan Greenburg (Harcourt) and the ’Scary School series of books by Derek the Ghost (Harper Collins). And ‘Ghost Prison’ by Joseph Delaney (Sourcebooks Fire).
His Children’s Book credits include ‘Jump!’ (Simon and Schuster) with over 3,000,000 books in print, ‘Twinkle’ (Simon and Schuster) and the ‘Lottie Paris’ series of books written by Angela Johnson (Simon and Schuster).
Scott is well known in fantasy art and gaming art circles, contributing to Magic- The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, World of Warcraft, League of Legends, and as a conceptual character designer for companies like Microsoft and Disney, on their TRON franchise.
As an instructor, Scott is a core faculty member at the world famous Illustration Master Class and SmArt School.
Scott, great video! I love how loose you seem in your application of paints and inks. I do have a question though.
How long does a painting like this take you once your proposal has been accepted?
I’m finishing up my art degree and (obviously) want to enter the field when I’m done, but everything in college is rush, rush, rush. So, achieving this level of completion on something doesn’t seem realistic until I’m done with school. Thanks for the video!
I think I worked on this for 2 weeks, at least a week and a half. And that is just the painting stage. It is the longest I’ve ever spent on a painting. Thanks for the question.
Thanks Scott. I love the line work. It’s refreshing to see pen and ink still shine like this.
Fantastic! This piece reminds me of one of my favorite paintings. A painting I’ve seen by, Edouard Detaille, titled “Memory of the Great Manoeuvre”. The similarity is not in the subject matter, but in the aspect that both works could be broken down into several complete; stand alone; compositions. Each of the very nice smaller compositions gather together to make a very harmonious whole. Thanks for sharing your process.
The Detaille painting is in The Appleton Museum Ocala, FL, and if you Google an image of the painting, take note that he is in the painting himself. He is the guy in the foreground walking up the hill with his easel and gear on his back.
Awesome video & painting Scott! 🙂
That’s so fun to watch. Love the narration.