Special Art – 5 Panel Tales of Tellest

Greetings, travelers!  I have a very special treat for you to close out our year (beyond the Christmas story, of course).  When I was working at my last job, there were a few offices that had the five-panel canvas style pictures hanging on the wall here and there.  Typically, you’d be looking at just some image of scenery or things of that nature.  But I liked the style—I just wanted to be able to do that with some of my art.

One of the ideas that I had when beginning to work with Wern was to eventually work toward that.  We started to work on that idea in earnest, and did some early testing, which you’ll see below.  He had created four art pieces for our Tales of Tellest characters, but we still hadn’t had him work on Adelia yet by that point (since Dennis van Kessel, his predecessor, had already worked on a version of her for us).

Once we ended up getting the Adelia artwork done, she became our new flagship character in the piece.  We also very specifically worked on some background components of the piece, ensuring that story elements from each of their tales felt present.  Adelia has a raised version of Forsynthia in the back, Bolt has the windswept mountains, and Icarus has floating islands behind him, for instance.

Wern already did such a great job there, that you almost can’t see the adjustments he made in the final version, but he put enough polish on this masterpiece that even when it’s blown up, it looks spectacular.

Case in point.  I had this hanging up in my office for close to a couple years while I was there.  Regrettably, I’m in a much smaller cubicle where I’m at now, but by the time you’re reading this, I might be working from home instead some of the time.  If that’s the case, these beautiful pieces might be hanging up in my home office!

I hope you liked seeing this little project, and I hope that over time we’re able to do something like this again.  It was an awesome goal to have achieved, and I’m grateful to Wern for helping me bring it to fruition!

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Michael DeAngelo

Michael is the creator of the Tellest brand of fantasy novels and stories. He is actively seeking to expand the world of Tellest to be accessible to everyone.