This is the 3rd guardian I have done, which seems to be a little bit golem in nature, so when this guy came up as a winner I had a pretty good idea what I was going for from my description:
Dark Magic Guardian – This onyx beast is charged with guarding the most valuable tomes in the depths of Mount Zurat. Its halberd crackles with black lightning and it hefts a magick nullification shield, this guardian stands ever vigilant against those who would steal the secrets of its masters.
So, golem, halberd with black lightning and greatshield, pretty simple!
I began as I usually do, I kind of just read and reread the description text until some sort of idea pops into my head. Then I go into refining it and putting it together in different ways. Finally I sit down with my moleskine sketchbook (the best sketchbooks ever) and rough out my ideas.
After a couple of roughs I found the pose I was looking for, then it was just a matter of putting it down on some bristol!
Golem-y face? check. Magic devouring shield with runes? check. Giant runic halberd? check.
This is where I am just roughing out the lighting and some materials with a grayscale layer that I then color balance to warm or cool. I have a scan of canvas painted over roughly with burnt umber oils that I use for this step.
Colors on this were a little tricky. I ended up doing the fiery version first, because the warm and cools looked so good together, but that wasn’t what was in my description. I needed “black lightning”, whatever the heck that looked like. So I went about doing a slight recolor and shelved the fire version for a variation I could include.
And here are the finals! A black lightning version, and a fiery version.
Download the assets here : http://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php?/topic/36116-bi-weekly-battler-dark-magic-guardian/
Check out the video time-lapse here:
Thanks again for reading!