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Art: Essex Cayne

Good morning everyone!  It’s been a long while since we’ve had work to show from RedPear (over two months), but we’re prepared to remedy that today.  Moreover, it’s going to be a “villain” that gets the treatment this time.

We’ve seen Essex Cayne in art form before, but he’s never been the focus of his own portrait.  That all changes today.  Of course, we always start off by trying to find the variation of RedPear’s sketches that we like the most.


02These first two we liked, especially the second one, which we mostly stuck with.  There was something a bit unsettling about the one character who managed to look directly at the viewer that we had subtly changed.


This variation was more in line with the character, I thought.  Essex had been around for quite some time, and he’s seen some horrors.  While he holds his head high, he’s still got a lot of pain that he deals with, and these eyes captured that better than the other images.

After that, Red set to making a more complete version of the character.



Essex looks like someone who comes from a place of refinement.  And he should.  He’s got his own castle (even though it does have a bit of the haunted, scary vibe now that his wife has passed away and he’s let it fall into disrepair) and he’s had plenty of time to make the most of his life.



The colorized version continued to make him even more attractive.  His attire looks more complete in this version, and those eyes once again capture something that wouldn’t have otherwise been there.

RedPear came back swinging with this portrait, and we’ve got plenty more to show you in the weeks to come.  Stay tuned!

Art – Raithly

It’s about time we got some more awesome villain artwork up on this site, even if they are what I’d call pseudo-villains or antiheroes. For RedPear’s most recent work, she took it upon herself to craft a piece of Tellest’s most popular teleporting hero/villain, Raithly Cayne.

As always, we started off with some sketches.

Sketch Pass


I am 100% sure that I would have loved this piece when it was completed, but I also knew that I was working on a series here – every other character has a portrait, and this one wouldn’t have fit very well – and at the time I didn’t have a lot of extra money lying around to commission a second piece.

So what we did instead, was choose a second piece that would have worked just as well.

Sketch 1

This one would adhere to the effect we wanted for Raithly, and it also adhered to the portrait style we were going at for every other piece that RedPear did for us.

After that, we went through a few other changes before we ultimately landed on a hood down, collar open look for Raithly that looks a little more urban fantasy than the more high fantasy that we usually work with.


I think it actually ended up phenomenally well, and RedPear had a special surprise waiting, too.  Underneath that coat, Raithly was wearing a ring – it didn’t have anything to do with the original specifications of the request – it was just a little something extra that she put in there.  This is a case of her art actually informing the character, so the way I imagine it, that’s his late mother’s ring – a nice little touch for the character.

That wasn’t all though.  RedPear had one last surprise.

Raithly Complete

When you’re an artist (of any creed, I’m sure), you get a little bored of the same style when you do it for so long.  So Pear went the extra mile and went full color with Raithly for us.  You’ll notice that there was no “true” black and white version of the character – she just went full out with him, and it looks spectacular.

Just before I set out to post this portrait, I went the extra mile too – and I mean, for me, that’s like hobbling for three hours.  We didn’t have the effect in there, so I took to GIMP to put a little something extra into the portrait.  Hope you like it!

Raithly Complete with effect 2

Art: David Garus

Hello friends, and welcome to Tellest art time- happy time (not the new official name of these Thursday slotted art releases).  Today, we let RedPear take the reins one more time with another of the awesome heroes from Tellest, the bulletproof warrior, David Garus.

David happens to be another one of those characters who you can’t really capture in a static portrait.  He’s got an awesome power that has the potential to be really cinematic: projectiles cannot harm him. Anything that’s fired from a bow, or a crossbow – even a catapult – cannot damage him.  They bounce off harmlessly.

That isn’t to say that David is some invulnerable force on the battlefield, though.  Oftentimes, as it pertains to the heroes of this fantasy world, where there’s a blessing, there’s also a curse.  David suffers from hemophilia, meaning that in melee combat, if struck, his body reacts very badly, pouring blood from his wounds at an incredible pace.   So what better way to keep your enemies farther away than equipping yourself with twin axes?

Pear started us off with a couple of different sketches to make our minds up with.

I love the lumberjack look David’s got going on here.





Red also gave us a shirtless option, but knowing David’s problems with even the tiniest nicks and scratches, we opted not to go with this version.  Of course, when we saw her other version of the character, we passed on these first two sketches altogether.





Now this is more like it.  I think the vantage of this particular sketch does wonders for this mountain of a man.  David can easily stand toe to toe with some of the other “larger than life” characters we have, like Prodigy and Schirner.




We also ended up with the shirtless version for all the ladies to swoon over.  We passed on this one for the same reason as the one stated above.

With all that in mind, we ended up moving forward with Red’s vision, and she made a really awesome portrait for our gladiator.


close up


And of course, we had it tinted soon after as well.


close up2


But, because David’s such a huge deal, we procured a slightly larger portrait, which we’re happy to share with you!





Such wonder.  Such majesty!  Can’t wait to continue on with the work we’ve been doing with RedPear!

Art: Schirner

We return today with another look at one of the characters through RedPear’s eyes.  While we’ve had Adelia immortalized on her very own cover, we recently had an opportunity to see an older Adelia courtesy of this new artist.

She did very well, and I’m happy to say that we brought her back for several more projects, and anticipate using her on many occasions to come.

One of the things that we had a chance to do with RedPear was get an interpretation of some of the villains of Tellest.  While she’s done her work on Adelia, she also did some magic with Schirner, our piece for today.  Check it out:


He’s a lot more handsome than you’d think for a bloodlusting warlord.


As you can see, we developed him to kind of stand on his own, as if you could see him as a hero if you didn’t know the story behind him. Who truly sees themselves as a villain?

She did an awesome job finishing this sketch into a final form, too.


“You can pillage my village any day.”


And, just as she did with Adelia, RedPear gave us a little bit of color for Schirner to finish him out.


Still wouldn’t want to mess with this guy though.


If RedPear has left you impressed, don’t worry.  We’ve already got three more finished pieces ready to show!

Art: Adelia

I’m at the point now where I’m constantly looking for artists who can take my breath away.  I don’t think we’ve had one that’s worked on Tellest commissions that hasn’t fulfilled that sole duty.

We’ve got a special treat for you today, though.  A new artist, RedPear, is going to be doing some spectacular character portraits, and we start with the hero of Mageborn.  Here is her process:


This is Adelia as she would appear in The Bindings of Fate, so considerably later than what she looked like in Mageborn.


To be perfectly honest, I liked the sketch just the way it was.  And of course, RedPear had to go and blow my mind…


Hwabam! I think that’s the only thing that can really be said here.


I still can’t believe the quality of that there piece of artwork, but I’ve seen it, and some followups from RedPear.  You’re in for a treat on many more occasions!

Oh, and our wonderful new artist also added a splash of color as well:


Complete - Color