Art Blog: Inner Sea Gods

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welcome to the first monthly blog post directly from the art department. This first preview is for Inner Sea Gods coming out soon. Enjoy!


Illustrations by Roberto Pitturru

Illustrations by Yu Cheng Hong, Jorge Fares, Maichol Quinto

Sarah Robinson
Managing Art Director

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Very cool. Love the Shelyn & Zon-Kuthon one.

-TimD


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This art is just FANTASTIC!!
Wow, who ever painted these needs a raise.
Love the Shelyn and Zon-Kuthon. Lamashtu is great too. I might just buy this book for the art

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That art is fabulous. If I wasn't gonna buy this already (and I was, I love the Gods), I, too, would be tempted to just for the art.

Especially the Shelyn/Zon-Kuthon illustration. Which is amazing.

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My favorite hasn't been spoilered yet—huzzah!


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As everyone else is saying, that Shelyn vs Zon-Kuthon is amazing but that Lamashtu gives me chills <3

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Wow. These are amazing.

Monthly blog posts from the art department, you say? (Goes to check calendar. Comes right back.) Has a month passed yet? :D

Seriously, this is a great idea. Keep up the awesome work!


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Cayden's expression is pretty sinister for what's supposed to be a CG god: all "Wait till they get a load of me." :P

Sczarni

Love the design of Cayden's sword!

And let me give a shout out for the awesome Gozreh piece, since nobody's specifically mentioned it yet.


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Monthly art blog - yay!

And great pictures all four.

Very good depiction of Shelyn, and as for the picture in general I like the tug-o'-war for her glaive.

The Lamashtu one is like a modern-style Doré picture. Very nice. :D

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Kajehase wrote:

Monthly art blog - yay!

And great pictures all four.

Very good depiction of Shelyn, and as for the picture in general I like the tug-o'-war for her glaive.

The Lamashtu one is like a modern-style Doré picture. Very nice. :D

I kind of picture Shelyn in the middle of a 'River Tam in Serinity' style move where she's stepping forward, about to deliver a kick to her brother's face, and complete the spin, pulling the glaive away.

I also like the Cayden one.

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FANTASTIC! One of the reasons I love Pathfinder is the evocative art! :)


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I had been wondering lately when the art department would finally get some of its well-deserved time in the spotlight. We've been getting so much wonderful art from Paizo, that we're totally and utterly spoiled, while I don't really know who at Paizo deserves (at least part of) the credit for this. And it's not just the art work, but the complete lay-out of the modules and books that is just fantastic. You guys come up with amazing covers for the AP's as well, that mark these products as top of the bill! I'm very excited to see that you'll be getting a monthly blog. And even if you guys don't draw the art yourselves, do know that the extraordinary quality of your work defines Paizo products as the best in the market. So, a big thank you!

PS: I would be interested in seeing how you guys put together the cover of a product or even how you integrate art in the text on a page, or the tricks you have to pull to make the text fit a page. Maybe we can see some examples of your technical brilliance in a future post.


The Lamashtu one has me wondering if those are the Barghest Hero Gods. Maybe they're into that, though =P

Very cool art.

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Zhangar wrote:

The Lamashtu one has me wondering if those are the Barghest Hero Gods. Maybe they're into that, though =P

Very cool art.

Those are indeed the Barghest hero gods, with her leading them out of Hell.


That is awesome. I think the art budget went all out on this one.


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Shelyn and Zon-Kuthon are now my newest wallpaper, wish is was bigger to be able to fill the screen more though. Otherwise thumbs up!

Sczarni

James Jacobs wrote:
Zhangar wrote:

The Lamashtu one has me wondering if those are the Barghest Hero Gods. Maybe they're into that, though =P

Very cool art.

Those are indeed the Barghest hero gods, with her leading them out of Hell.

Ha! Sweet!!!!

Sczarni

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Blog wrote:
Welcome to the first monthly blog post directly from the art department.

Can we push this to daily? It might make me look at the blogs more often again... I've been slacking


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The most they could probably do is two times a month considering what I know of the professional art process. Then again I'm not an expert.

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So, Lamashtu makes the Goblin Bargest-Hero-Gods pull her ride?

That's got to be embarrassing. "Sure, I'm a deity and all, but mostly I pull things for a bigger, meaner God. Sometimes she hits me."


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Shelyn and ZK and Gozreh are all fantastic. But I have to admit, before I opened that Lamashtu pic, I have never really been able to envision anything even remotely scary about that Goddess.

My how times change! Spectacular artwork! Glad I've already decided to set aside money for this one, because missing it would be painful.


WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


That Gozreh image is really awesome. And Lamashtu... About the only demon lord I actually like, and if every I would play an evil character it would be a worshipper of Lamashtu.

Andfor some unknown reason I can't explain, and I don't know why I thought this, but I always pictured him more dwarf-ish in appearance. Not exactly a dwarf, but dwarf-like. Don't know why.

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Adjule wrote:
Not exactly a dwarf, but dwarf-like. Don't know why.

It's because of the beer.


Lamashtu pic is fantastic. By the other hand that is not the image I have in mind for TOZ.


Holy hells this is amazing. When is this book coming out because it just made the top of my list.

Silver Crusade

Oh wow. :D

Really digging all of this. Love that Cayden seems to be settled on the sideburney Gods and Magic look. y do he look like TOZ tho

Absolutely adore the Shelyn wrestling the Whisperer of Souls away from her brother. Anyone mouthing off about Shelyn being a "soft" goddess better recognize the badassedness on display there. :) Really cool to have art portraying specific moments in their history. And honestly, it's nice to see the siblings side-by-side for the first time. Now we have some idea of ZK's...well at least his build...when he was Dou-Bral, compared to his sister.

Oh man, now I'm really hoping there might be art of Dou-Bral.

And yeah, like Apotheosis said, that is the most terrifying portrayal of Lamashtu so far. Damn. I can't help but imagine the forces of Hell standing clear and saying "You know what, take 'em. We'll be off to the side here."

Man it is good to see art previews back! :)

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MrVergee wrote:

I had been wondering lately when the art department would finally get some of its well-deserved time in the spotlight. We've been getting so much wonderful art from Paizo, that we're totally and utterly spoiled, while I don't really know who at Paizo deserves (at least part of) the credit for this. And it's not just the art work, but the complete lay-out of the modules and books that is just fantastic. You guys come up with amazing covers for the AP's as well, that mark these products as top of the bill! I'm very excited to see that you'll be getting a monthly blog. And even if you guys don't draw the art yourselves, do know that the extraordinary quality of your work defines Paizo products as the best in the market. So, a big thank you!

PS: I would be interested in seeing how you guys put together the cover of a product or even how you integrate art in the text on a page, or the tricks you have to pull to make the text fit a page. Maybe we can see some examples of your technical brilliance in a future post.

I think it's Art/Layout Department Appreciation Time!

Did You Know:

Were you a fan of RPGs back in the NES/SNES era? You might have seen Senior Art Director Sarah Robinson's work before Pathfinder!

Also, so much of that equipment art is very similar in style to the equipment art that would show up in manuals and guides for console RPGs back then. It feels like coming home in a lot of ways. :)


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If any of these gods were real I'd probably be a cleric of Shelyn.

P.S. Also clerics of Shelyn deserve to gain access to an ability to wield glaives without the reach quality, just saying.


I have 2 problems with this post:

1) The Word "First"

2) The Word "Monthly"

The first thing I do with your books is flip through and look at all the art! Keep up the good work!


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Incredible art. As a huge Shelyn fan (you might even say I worship her... ha ha ha?) the Shelyn/Zon Kuthon piece is my favorite. Lamashtu is truly terrifying, and Gozreh is pretty awesome as well.

I don't suppose you guys would be interested in selling prints of these? I would love to have some awesome Pathfinder art on my wall.

Mikaze wrote:
MrVergee wrote:

I had been wondering lately when the art department would finally get some of its well-deserved time in the spotlight. We've been getting so much wonderful art from Paizo, that we're totally and utterly spoiled, while I don't really know who at Paizo deserves (at least part of) the credit for this. And it's not just the art work, but the complete lay-out of the modules and books that is just fantastic. You guys come up with amazing covers for the AP's as well, that mark these products as top of the bill! I'm very excited to see that you'll be getting a monthly blog. And even if you guys don't draw the art yourselves, do know that the extraordinary quality of your work defines Paizo products as the best in the market. So, a big thank you!

PS: I would be interested in seeing how you guys put together the cover of a product or even how you integrate art in the text on a page, or the tricks you have to pull to make the text fit a page. Maybe we can see some examples of your technical brilliance in a future post.

I think it's Art/Layout Department Appreciation Time!

Did You Know:

Were you a fan of RPGs back in the NES/SNES era? You might have seen Senior Art Director Sarah Robinson's work before Pathfinder!

Also, so much of that equipment art is very similar in style to the equipment art that would show up in manuals and guides for console RPGs back then. It feels like coming home in a lot of ways. :)

Holy crap, no wonder that felt so familiar!


This is why I follow Pathfinder Art on facebook.

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Shadar Aman wrote:
I don't suppose you guys would be interested in selling prints of these? I would love to have some awesome Pathfinder art on my wall.

Unfortunately prints just aren't a huge seller for us. However, the individual artists in question may offer prints (I know Wayne Reynolds and a few others do).

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I LOVE the Gozreh one. And Lamashtu is very nice too.

Also I now know for sure that Cayden Cailean is the god of swashbucklers.

This art is amazing and we need MORE.

I enjoy reading the books, but I feel that putting the art pieces up on the blog gives them far more justice. We can better appreciate how awesome they are.


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*Picks jaw up off floor*, wow..these pieces are fantastic, if all of the pieces in the book are like these it'll be worth picking up even if the text sections are blank.

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atheral wrote:
*Picks jaw up off floor*, wow..these pieces are fantastic, if all of the pieces in the book are like these it'll be worth picking up even if the text sections are blank.

Good news, everybody! The text sections are not blank!


Seriously. Awesome.

As a GM, I LOVE the fact that you put so much art out on the blog. Nothing makes the experience more real than being able to flash a relevant picture to bring the scene home.

Two sessions ago my PCs ran into a Cleric of Lamashtu, and I re-skinned my descriptions of the spells she cast to fit the flavor of The Mother. I wish I had this art when I tried to describe what vision they were given when Cause Fear was cast!


TimD wrote:

Very cool. Love the Shelyn & Zon-Kuthon one.

-TimD

Agreed - that one is gorgeous!

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These are beautiful. It would be great to get some high res versions of these for wallpapers. C'mon, Paizo, you know you wanna.

Dark Archive

Great stuff. The goblin hero-gods was a nice touch. Shelyn looks amazing. Cayden seems to have a little Jake Gyllenhaal going on.


:O

speechless.


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Cayden Caileam is the Wolverine!


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Mark Moreland wrote:
atheral wrote:
*Picks jaw up off floor*, wow..these pieces are fantastic, if all of the pieces in the book are like these it'll be worth picking up even if the text sections are blank.
Good news, everyone! The text sections are not blank!

FTFY. Now, I defy anyone to read Mark's post and NOT hear it in Farnsworth's voice.

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I <3 Lamashtu so very much.

Damn that's an amazing piece.


Awesome! Question on the Shelyn artwork though - the planets in the background-are they supposed to be planets in Golarion's system?


I think to think that Cayden has the ability to wear all the magic belts he wants as part of his godhood.

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Nog64 wrote:
I think to think that Cayden has the ability to wear all the magic belts he wants as part of his godhood.

They're how he holds the beer gut in.

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Nog64 wrote:
I think to think that Cayden has the ability to wear all the magic belts he wants as part of his godhood.

To be fair he's still showing more restraint than a Nomura-designed Final Fantasy character on the belt side of things. ;)

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Nog64 wrote:
I think to think that Cayden has the ability to wear all the magic belts he wants as part of his godhood.

One belt for each of the goddesses trying to get him to keep his pants on.

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Set wrote:
Nog64 wrote:
I think to think that Cayden has the ability to wear all the magic belts he wants as part of his godhood.
One belt for each of the goddesses trying to get him to keep his pants on.

Trouble is he keeps taking it as a challenge.

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