I’ve been a long time fan of miniature figure painting and wargames artwork. One of my all time favourite hobbies. Take a pewter or plastic model as your canvas and bring it to life in hues and tones that suit the look you wish to convey. A heroic figure can just as easily become something dark and sinister. It’s a hobby with a long history as far back as the Napoleonic era, even further if you take into account the small caricature models often carved for royalty and their board game sets.
Recently I happened across The World of Twilight, a superbly realised tabletop game that does away with a majority of the fantasy tropes and starts out essentially upon another world, some time prior to a renaissance era. The creatures and scenery developed by the creator, Michael Thorpe, inspired me to sketch a market scene, strongly influenced by my Moroccan plans for the new year. I proceeded to mimic Michael’s style and render the piece in sketched line art with as much innocence as he achieves.
The piece is drawn as if upon the back of an Enuk, a local steed. You enter a trade district of a town out on the arid plains of the main continent, Anyaral.
If you look closely there are many small details, a personal favourite being the lizard dozing in the sun atop the furtherest beam in the centre.