|Wayne Reynolds Contributor|
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I've always loved your artwork and your attention to detail.
Your illustrations of Sarenrae have made her my favorite deity.
Can you explain more of the creative process behind her? Probably more than a 'super Kyra'?
Thanks Seannoss.I'm really pleased that you like the design of Sarenrae.
I take a different approach when designing mythical creatures and massively powerful entities than when I'm creating characters. It's easier to add aspects that don't require any explanation such as floating items or magical effects. Because these items are the way they are due to powerful or divine magic beyond mortal understanding - No other explanation needed.
I kinda had to retro - design Sarenrae because I'd already illustrated Kyra when I received the art description for Gods & Magic. My design parameters were to create a winged fire - haired goddess with a flaming sword. I also had to make an obvious connection that Kyra is a priestess of this deity. In essence, Sarenrae is a "Super Kyra". I combined elements of Kyra's costume with elements from the holy symbol that she holds in her hand. (Just illustrating an entity that looked exactly like the sculpture wasn't an option. I had to add more visual aspects to convey the divine power of this being)Because of the magical nature of the subject I could add voluminous flowing robes and more Persian - style decorative objects which floated as if suspended by divine will or blown by some ethereal breeze. I was hoping to create a being that was both elegant and powerful.