Interview with Illustrator Antonio Caparo

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Are you interested in drawing or becoming an illustrator? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find a conversation with the incredibly talented Antonio Caparo, the gentleman who created IMPYRIUM’s gorgeous cover. Read on to learn about Antonio’s training, his approach to making art, and where he looks to find technical guidance and inspiration. It’s a fascinating window into a professional’s vision and creative process. Thank you, Antonio!

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Let’s Visit the Shropes

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What happens when haglings receive their names? You get a whole bunch of hags from miles around. That’s what we’ll be seeing at Shrope Hovel in The Red Winter. Let the hijinks ensue!

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More Workshop Monsters…

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Here’s the original pencil sketch and a more complete concept for a Workshop gargoyle that we’ll be seeing in The Red Winter. Some similarities to the dreadnoughts we met in The Maelstrom, but if you notice the human operatives, you’ll know that Prusias isn’t trusting his machines to any more imps!

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Welcome to Shrope Hovel!

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As I work on The Red Winter, I’ve been having some fun sketching some of the locations that we’ll be visiting during the course of the story. Here are two different mockups of Shrope Hovel, home to our favorite hags.

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A Sketch of Blys

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Still experimenting with some different techniques to find the right balance between old (hand drawn sketch) and new (using Photoshop add shading, textures, highlights, etc.) This sketch of Blys gets closer to what I want to do for my next project. The sketch is actually a modest-sized (~ 6 x 9″) pencil drawing on rough paper (to give it some […]

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Mad Scientist

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If you’ve been following the blog, you know I’ve been doing a lot of drawing experimentation — using different papers, tools, old techniques, new techniques, sketching on the computer, sketching by hand, combining the two, etc. Here’s a practice project I just did using a combination of techniques that I’m starting to really enjoy. Using a pencil on rough paper, […]

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A Sketch of Ember, Mina’s charge

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Given Mina’s powerful (and mysterious) nature, readers are naturally curious about her and her charge, Ember — a golden dragon that washes up on Rowan’s shores at the conclusion of The Maelstrom. Here’s a sketch of her powerful charge. We’ll be learning a lot more about each of them in The Red Winter…

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Live from New York!

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In the spirit of expanding my repertoire, I decided to record a digital sketch of Mina from The Tapestry. I’m still new at this and didn’t add any commentary for the video, but you can still get a sense of how I approach visualizing a character and getting it down on “paper”. Hope you enjoy it.

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A Compilation of Maelstrom Images

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As a reader correctly pointed out, I’ve tended to post more drawings and updates to Facebook than my own blog. The reason is that it’s often easier to update Facebook and that this website is a little unwieldy to administrate. That will remedied in the next version (the entire website will be getting an overhaul over the next few months) […]

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