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Echoing Mikaze's comment:

Been a fan of your work since the Eberron covers, and have been happily finding previous works of your sprinkled throughout 3.0 DnD stuff since- (couple items book and staff in Enemies and Allies; and though somehow (!?!?) uncredited in the book, a whole bunch of very nice and active pics in Defenders of the Faith)…

So:

The iconic Brawler Kess - I see the post above regarding 2nd and 20th Century arena/boxer stylings - did she also draw any inspiration from Kidda?

Are you familiar with Salute of the Jugger?

Keep up the great work Wayne.

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Wayne Reynolds wrote:
Kajehase wrote:

More Lem, and not jokes about him having hat-envy this time. ;-)

What do you see his flute being made of? Depending on who draws him, it looks either like bone or like wood to me.

Lem's flute is actually made out of Silver.

Does he actually bash foes with it?

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Wayne Reynolds wrote:

With regards to the "Boob plate" query, please refer to my earlier comments. Especially those regarding my female friends with a larger chest size, who wear modern sports breastplates for martial arts training that feature boob plates to accommodate their body shape.

They don't see the boob plate as a liability. Nor does it compromise their skill in combat. Being a flat...

The problem with "boob plate" is that it deflects attacks into the center of the chest. There have been female fighters throughout history, but none of them wore shapely armour that cupped their breasts. They were usually bound.

But a better question is why all your characters have such ridiculous breasts. I mean, I love your art, I really do. You're one of my favourite artists, and Kor Hookmaster is one of my favourite looking Magic cards. But man, even the half-orc has some tig-ol' bitties that she shows off. I've joked that Imrijka is proud of her chest and shows it off to detract from her face. Even Merisiel has cleavage, and she's an A cup. I recently put this together and a lot of the comments on Reddit were saying that I should cut out a few of the iconics because they're too scantily clad or have ridiculous breasts that might turn other girls away because they're needless eye candy.

Alahazra, Imrijka, and Freiya had the most complaints. They're nice designs, with nice silhouettes, but, again, they have such stereotypical fantasy breasts. I would like to add that I'm glad that it's changed, and most of the Advanced Class Guide characters are allowed to have collars on their shirts and armour that covers their chest.

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LazarX wrote:
Wayne Reynolds wrote:
Kajehase wrote:

More Lem, and not jokes about him having hat-envy this time. ;-)

What do you see his flute being made of? Depending on who draws him, it looks either like bone or like wood to me.

Lem's flute is actually made out of Silver.
Does he actually bash foes with it?

Yes. It's particularly handy against creatures with damage reduction penetrated by silver.

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Wayne Reynolds wrote:
Most of the descriptions that I receive regarding the Iconic characters are fairly brief. Occasionally, they'll specify an element or item that they'd like to see in the illustration. Otherwise I consider myself fortunate that they allow me a degree of artistic freedom in the depiction.

I have always found that the less you limit an artist the better the results—at least, when you have an artist you trust. (When I write an art order for a piece—even something as important as the cover of a product—I try to limit myself to 3 or 4 sentences.)

Here are two examples of the art orders we gave Wayne for iconics (both from the Advanced Class Guide):

The most specific ACG art order was for Quinn the Investigator: "Male, Human (Mwangi, graying hair), wearing refined clothing, with a leather overcoat (also of fine make), sword cane for a weapon. A cross between the alchemist and the rogue, the investigator uses alchemy and his skills to solve problems and defeat foes, but is not above physical violence if the needs call for it. Think Sherlock Holmes, but with a dose of alchemy tossed in (well, a bigger dose than the character anyway)."

The least specific was for Enora the Arcanist: "Female, Halfling, no armor, armed with a dagger. This class is a blend of sorcerer and wizard, using the magic in her blood and arcane study to cast spells."

(Note that when we assign iconic art, we don't name the characters—the staff always wants to see the finished art and come up with a name they think suits what Wayne has done.)

Partway through the process, we get sketches and give feedback on them... though the feedback I end up providing on Wayne's stuff is usually limited to the single word "awesome!" Really, all the magic happens at his end.

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Question for Wayne:

Seoni's Hair.

the early books seem to indicate she's blond. Later art seems to turn that to white.
What is it actually supposed to be, according to you, and has Paizo simply shifted it more to white?


About the hair, it would be "unusual" to have a "blond Varisian/ Gypsy". My thought was that Seoni's mother, perhaps, is Ulfen though we see the Varisian Father in the comic books. I know WAR may not have a say as such in that, but some clarification in how that worked out would be useful as I tie Darsadi's story into the Seoni Iconic for campaigns. :)

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Vic Wertz wrote:
The most specific ACG art order was for Quinn the Investigator: "Male, Human (Mwangi, graying hair)

!

So Quinn is Mwangi rather than Garundi! :)

I promise to dial back my pestering about is still missing a Mwangi iconic now. ;)

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Wayne Reynolds wrote:
Mikaze wrote:

Ooh, we have needed this thread! :D

What sources, if any, did you draw inspiration for Sajan's...sleeves? (is there a more accurate name for them?)

And what did you figure his sister, Sajni, should look like?

(been a big fan ever since connecting the Eberron mural covers to your name!)

I'm glad that you find the thread interesting Mikaze, thanks. :)

Sajan's sleeves are commonly known as Kote. Traditionally, kote are usually armoured with maille or metal plates. I took those components away to make a lighter piece of equipment that fit with the Monk concept better.

I haven't been asked to illustrate Sajan's sister Sajni yet.

Thank you! :D

I've been wondering what they were called for years. Now I can finally relax. :)

Love that design for them too. One of my planned PCs is definitely picking up that piece of apparel.


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My understanding of http://pathfinder.wikia.com/wiki/Mwangi vs Garundi is like the distinction between someone who is Korean vs. Asian. The nationality for Pharasma is "Garundi" from what I recall reading.


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I'm wondering if you can explain a bunch of stuff that's been bugging me about Seelah's armor. I'd greatly appreciate you spending the time to deal with an annoying nerd. ^_^

Her armor would seem to prevent her from being able to bend her ankle much at all, limiting stances. Is there something I'm overlooking?

Why is the couter concave? Also, I would think the scalemail/lamellar (not sure which it was meant to be, assuming lamellar based on the size of the scales?) would get caught in it.

Vambraces, greaves, and gauntlets all look oversized. Why is this? No way Seelah's limbs are that thick, right?

The spaulder overlaps a lot with the breastplate in the corner, and the attachments for the cape look pretty bulky as well. Seems like it would inhibit movement a lot.

I understand your reasoning for the boob armor, but as a female participant in Society for Creative Anachronism swordfighting, I have to disagree at least somewhat. Something like that would easily get in the way of moving one's arms, as well as channeling impact into the center of the chest. Plus, boobs squish. Bindings would work better. Anyway, if you want to draw the boob armor, I'd think it should be... uh, more pointed forward. Because range of motion for arms. Also, why is the top section of the breastplate separate?

The key is a really neat touch, but I think the location of it is a bit confusing. Armor is there to get hit. Ordinary nonmagical keys, at least, could probably get pretty badly bent if caught between armor and weapon, I think?

Curious why the gap over the knee like that instead of a normal articulated poleyn.

(On the positive and less nitpicky side, I love all the little details in this picture. The different layers of armor and all the stuff on her belt and the trinkets. Plus, it just generally looks pretty kickbutt. Honestly, the other things only bother me because it's so good overall.)


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I don't have a question for you, Wayne, I just wanted to say that in my circle, we always use your art for "this is what an adventurer looks like". All the iconics are carrying more than just their weapons, they're walking around with the kinds of things that actually appear on the inventory list of an adventurer. Your art is phenomenal, and you should keep it up.

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Oceanshieldwolf wrote:

Echoing Mikaze's comment:

Been a fan of your work since the Eberron covers, and have been happily finding previous works of your sprinkled throughout 3.0 DnD stuff since- (couple items book and staff in Enemies and Allies; and though somehow (!?!?) uncredited in the book, a whole bunch of very nice and active pics in Defenders of the Faith)…

So:

The iconic Brawler Kess - I see the post above regarding 2nd and 20th Century arena/boxer stylings - did she also draw any inspiration from Kidda?

Are you familiar with Salute of the Jugger?

Keep up the great work Wayne.

Thanks for the kind words.

I've not seen Salute of the Jugger in ages. Great movie. I'd not consciously based Kess on Kidda but I can see the potential connection.

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Aelryinth wrote:

Question for Wayne:

Seoni's Hair.

the early books seem to indicate she's blond. Later art seems to turn that to white.
What is it actually supposed to be, according to you, and has Paizo simply shifted it more to white?

Seoni's hair is platinum blond.

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Thank you for starting this thread, and for your response in the other.

I haven't any questions yet. Just wanted to say that. :)

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Kaladin the Radiant wrote:

I'm wondering if you can explain a bunch of stuff that's been bugging me about Seelah's armor. I'd greatly appreciate you spending the time to deal with an annoying nerd. ^_^

Her armor would seem to prevent her from being able to bend her ankle much at all, limiting stances. Is there something I'm overlooking?

Why is the couter concave? Also, I would think the scalemail/lamellar (not sure which it was meant to be, assuming lamellar based on the size of the scales?) would get caught in it.

Vambraces, greaves, and gauntlets all look oversized. Why is this? No way Seelah's limbs are that thick, right?

The spaulder overlaps a lot with the breastplate in the corner, and the attachments for the cape look pretty bulky as well. Seems like it would inhibit movement a lot.

I understand your reasoning for the boob armor, but as a female participant in Society for Creative Anachronism swordfighting, I have to disagree at least somewhat. Something like that would easily get in the way of moving one's arms, as well as channeling impact into the center of the chest. Plus, boobs squish. Bindings would work better. Anyway, if you want to draw the boob armor, I'd think it should be... uh, more pointed forward. Because range of motion for arms. Also, why is the top section of the breastplate separate?

The key is a really neat touch, but I think the location of it is a bit confusing. Armor is there to get hit. Ordinary nonmagical keys, at least, could probably get pretty badly bent if caught between armor and weapon, I think?

Curious why the gap over the knee like that instead of a normal articulated poleyn.

(On the positive and less nitpicky side, I love all the little details in this picture. The different layers of armor and all the stuff on her belt and the trinkets. Plus, it just generally looks pretty kickbutt. Honestly, the other things only bother me because it's so good overall.)

You have good understanding of armour. Your points about articulation are valid. (And I've said all I'm going to say on the boob plate)

The simple answer is, Seelah's armour is that way because it looks good. There are many occasions when I'll sacrifice real life mechanics in favour of visual aesthetics. My art style is a strange combination of pseudo - realistic combined with stylised exaggeration. Amiri's sword is another good example. It seems to work within a high fantasy setting. Although I base nearly all of my character designs on historical reference material, I'll change it to reflect a high fantasy setting and indulge my creativity and pathological need for small detail/decoration. In these cases it only needs to look like it might function. But in a high fantasy setting I'm hopefully trying to create something unique that no-one has seen before because my creativity is leading me in that direction. I like to throw in a degree of realism but depending upon what I'm illustrating, I'll blur the lines between fantasy and realism. If you're interested in seeing my historical illustrations, check out my old work on Osprey Publishing's series of books.

I based Seelah's armour on extrapolation of ancient Middle Eastern cultures/Ancient Egypt/ Ancient Assyria. The concept behind it was what a full harness would look like if it had evolved in these cultures. Throw a bit of divine magic in there and .........


what spell is ezren holding in his hand in his main image


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Hey Wayne, I was super glad to meet you at Lucca last year and I'm still following your works and studying your artbook.

I read you get LOTS of reference from ancient weaponry/armory/stuff. Is there any good site or book we can approach to for such material?

Keep up with the awesomeness :)

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This one has bugged me and my friend since the cavalier art was first released, Alain has a "T" shaped "stick" on his back. What is that? I mean now that I know you put so much effort and historical accuracy, when possible, into each item on the iconic characters it must be something important to a knight or armored horseman.

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tuypo1 wrote:
what spell is ezren holding in his hand in his main image

Whichever spell the designers decide it is.

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Halflens wrote:

Hey Wayne, I was super glad to meet you at Lucca last year and I'm still following your works and studying your artbook.

I read you get LOTS of reference from ancient weaponry/armory/stuff. Is there any good site or book we can approach to for such material?

Keep up with the awesomeness :)

My reference library is a result of over 20 years of collecting and compiling. There isn't really any one place / book that has all the reference you need. It's a case of searching for material yourself based upon what inspires you. Amazon is a good place to start. 2nd hand bookshops is another. Museum shops are good too.

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the Queen's Raven wrote:
This one has bugged me and my friend since the cavalier art was first released, Alain has a "T" shaped "stick" on his back. What is that? I mean now that I know you put so much effort and historical accuracy, when possible, into each item on the iconic characters it must be something important to a knight or armored horseman.

I think it's more accurate to say that I base my illustrations on real life historical artefacts and modify them to reflect a high fantasy setting.

Although, Alain's "T" shaped stick is an actual tournament shield/lance/banner rest.

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Wayne Reynolds wrote:
the Queen's Raven wrote:
This one has bugged me and my friend since the cavalier art was first released, Alain has a "T" shaped "stick" on his back. What is that? I mean now that I know you put so much effort and historical accuracy, when possible, into each item on the iconic characters it must be something important to a knight or armored horseman.

I think it's more accurate to say that I base my illustrations on real life historical artefacts and modify them to reflect a high fantasy setting.

Although, Alain's "T" shaped stick is an actual tournament shield/lance/banner rest.

Thank you. You have no idea how much time has been spent discussing that one little item.


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Wayne Reynolds wrote:
Oceanshieldwolf wrote:

Echoing Mikaze's comment:

Been a fan of your work since the Eberron covers, and have been happily finding previous works of your sprinkled throughout 3.0 DnD stuff since- (couple items book and staff in Enemies and Allies; and though somehow (!?!?) uncredited in the book, a whole bunch of very nice and active pics in Defenders of the Faith)…

So:

The iconic Brawler Kess - I see the post above regarding 2nd and 20th Century arena/boxer stylings - did she also draw any inspiration from Kidda?

Are you familiar with Salute of the Jugger?

Keep up the great work Wayne.

Thanks for the kind words.

I've not seen Salute of the Jugger in ages. Great movie. I'd not consciously based Kess on Kidda but I can see the potential connection.

Well now we know you have great taste in movies. SotJ is one of my favorite movies. Always liked Rutger Hauer in Flesh and Blood and SotJ.

Y'know I'd love to see you do more apocalypsepunk and sci-fi/speculative/transhumance stuff - your attention to the small details of daily life would be… fantastic... I'm sure. ;)


Wayne Reynolds wrote:
tuypo1 wrote:
what spell is ezren holding in his hand in his main image
Whichever spell the designers decide it is.

well lacking an offical answer im going to go with its arcane mark because arcane mark is always cool.

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From the time you receive the written description to the time you hand in the final version that Paizo excepts, how much time do you put into each iconic? (Just the stand alone picture used for the class)


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Wayne Reynolds wrote:
Romaq wrote:
My favorite Iconic is Seoni, and my favorite character is Darsadi Callinova, loosely based on Seoni. What resources did you draw upon for Seoni's look?
Glad you like Seoni. :) I drew on slightly East Asian / Mongolian influences for her dress. Then created tattoos that looked maybe ancient Egyptian or Mesopotatamium in appearance but were obviously arcane.

Huh. Would it be fair to interpret Seoni's outfit as a Thassilonian dress?

(Thassilonian outfits and architecture often have an East Asian look, which Mr. Jacobs has advised is completely intentional.)

Also, thank you for starting this thread. Your work is fantastic.

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Thanks for taking time out to answer questions and an even bigger thanks for sharing your talent with all of us. Your evocative work has given a sense of style to Pathfinder and breathed a real sense of life into the people and creatures you illustrate.

I haven't scoured the thread but do you do any of the online media for your reference/morgue files? Like pinterest? Do you livestream any of your work? if so what are those channels?

I know you are a busy guy, but is there any chance of you doing a run on the Pathfinder Comic? You mentioned wanting to work more with the ACG iconics and it'd be cool to feature them in their own six issue series, kind of like the Origins series now maybe?

thanks again!

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the Queen's Raven wrote:
From the time you receive the written description to the time you hand in the final version that Paizo excepts, how much time do you put into each iconic? (Just the stand alone picture used for the class)

An Iconic character can take anywhere between 2 - 5 days to sketch. (12 hour/day )I have to take into account costume detail design, composition and pose at this stage.

They usually take no more than 2-3 days to paint.

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Zhangar wrote:
Wayne Reynolds wrote:
Romaq wrote:
My favorite Iconic is Seoni, and my favorite character is Darsadi Callinova, loosely based on Seoni. What resources did you draw upon for Seoni's look?
Glad you like Seoni. :) I drew on slightly East Asian / Mongolian influences for her dress. Then created tattoos that looked maybe ancient Egyptian or Mesopotatamium in appearance but were obviously arcane.

Huh. Would it be fair to interpret Seoni's outfit as a Thassilonian dress?

(Thassilonian outfits and architecture often have an East Asian look, which Mr. Jacobs has advised is completely intentional.)

Also, thank you for starting this thread. Your work is fantastic.

Thanks very much.

Seoni was designed a long time ago. At the very early creation of the Pathfinder setting. I didn't know anything about the Thassilonian Empire at the time I illustrated her. So maybe the look of the Thassilionian Empire was decided after Seoni was designed?
I can see what you mean as there does seem to be a similarity but I guess you'd have to ask one of the designers for a definitive answer?

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Krail Stromquism wrote:

Thanks for taking time out to answer questions and an even bigger thanks for sharing your talent with all of us. Your evocative work has given a sense of style to Pathfinder and breathed a real sense of life into the people and creatures you illustrate.

I haven't scoured the thread but do you do any of the online media for your reference/morgue files? Like pinterest? Do you livestream any of your work? if so what are those channels?

I know you are a busy guy, but is there any chance of you doing a run on the Pathfinder Comic? You mentioned wanting to work more with the ACG iconics and it'd be cool to feature them in their own six issue series, kind of like the Origins series now maybe?

thanks again!

Thanks for your interest in my artwork.

I'll occasionally check Google Images or Pinterest for visuals if I'm stuck on a particular subject, But I don't use it enough to keep a permanent account open.

I haven't done a livestream or posted video clips of my work process. I find that feeling of someone looking over my shoulder a bit too intrusive.
I have a Facebook page; Wayne Reynolds Artworks. And there's a Facebook fan page in my name as well.

I haven't done any comic work in a long time. I enjoyed doing sequential artwork but my career seemed to lead me more towards fantasy illustration. I'd happily do more comic work, although my work schedule is busy enough that I don't have any plans to do anything like that in the foreseeable future.
But who knows what the future might bring?


It's been stated that there will never be any non core race iconics, but if they were to change there mind is there any one particular non core race you have an itch to draw?

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Wayne Reynolds wrote:
Zhangar wrote:
Wayne Reynolds wrote:
Romaq wrote:
My favorite Iconic is Seoni, and my favorite character is Darsadi Callinova, loosely based on Seoni. What resources did you draw upon for Seoni's look?
Glad you like Seoni. :) I drew on slightly East Asian / Mongolian influences for her dress. Then created tattoos that looked maybe ancient Egyptian or Mesopotatamium in appearance but were obviously arcane.

Huh. Would it be fair to interpret Seoni's outfit as a Thassilonian dress?

(Thassilonian outfits and architecture often have an East Asian look, which Mr. Jacobs has advised is completely intentional.)

Also, thank you for starting this thread. Your work is fantastic.

Thanks very much.

Seoni was designed a long time ago. At the very early creation of the Pathfinder setting. I didn't know anything about the Thassilonian Empire at the time I illustrated her. So maybe the look of the Thassilionian Empire was decided after Seoni was designed?
I can see what you mean as there does seem to be a similarity but I guess you'd have to ask one of the designers for a definitive answer?

Seoni's attire is, in my mind, more typical of a Varisian outfit than Thassilonian. That said, Varisian history is intermingled with Thassilon, so I'm also sure there's echoes of that in her outfit as well.


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Hello, Wayne. I've often wondered about the large bracelet-things that Sajan wears. They appear to be made of rope or wicker, maybe. Possibly for extra padding/weight for wrist strikes/deflections?

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Shawn Oliver wrote:
Hello, Wayne. I've often wondered about the large bracelet-things that Sajan wears. They appear to be made of rope or wicker, maybe. Possibly for extra padding/weight for wrist strikes/deflections?

Correct. :)

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Triphoppenskip wrote:
It's been stated that there will never be any non core race iconics, but if they were to change there mind is there any one particular non core race you have an itch to draw?

Good question!

And a difficult one to answer because there are so many interesting races within Golarion.
I guess I'd have to go with one of the races I haven't illustrated before.... And probably one of the less humanoid races such as the Oreads.... or Gripplis.


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Wayne Reynolds wrote:
Triphoppenskip wrote:
It's been stated that there will never be any non core race iconics, but if they were to change there mind is there any one particular non core race you have an itch to draw?

Good question!

And a difficult one to answer because there are so many interesting races within Golarion.
I guess I'd have to go with one of the races I haven't illustrated before.... And probably one of the less humanoid races such as the Oreads.... or Gripplis.

Thanks for answering. Come to think of it there seems to be very little artwork for either of those races out there. Hope you get to draw them some day.

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GRIPPLI ICONIC

*faints*

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Apologies if this has been answered: Oracles can wear armor - so why doesn't the Iconic Oracle?


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James Jacobs wrote:
Seoni's attire is, in my mind, more typical of a Varisian outfit than Thassilonian. That said, Varisian history is intermingled with Thassilon, so I'm also sure there's echoes of that in her outfit as well.

When Darsadi (Half-elf Varisian Sorc) wants to dress fancy, it is more like Seoni's attire and having reference to things like Mongolia/ East Asian attire is VERY useful for me as references. Darsadi has no problem being "cheese-cakey". If you've got it, flaunt it. I love the tagline for a sorcerer, "Work is for ugly people."

When Darsadi goes to the field, she wears something much more like the Iconic hunter Adowyn: dress for function, and she has her hair up to not get caught on anything or used against her in a grapple. And Darsadi loves hats!

I must say if Seoni were dressed to look more like Adowyn, I couldn't tell she's a Sorceress. Regardless of how practical or "realistic" I would personally consider Seoni's attire, I KNOW for a fact you can lay out each Iconic: Wizard, Sorcerer, Summoner, Monk, Fighter... each and every one WAR has done to date. Ask someone who never heard of Pathfinder what "this" image is, and I'm pretty sure they'll guess it. And if they are interested at all in playing Fantasy Tabletop RPG, they'll know what they want to play off a WAR pregen image before they even know what the class & stats are.

One look at Seoni... just one... and I knew, "Ok, that's mine. Let's roll!"

Thank you, WAR! The only regret I have in buying my 2015 PaizoCon tickets is that I know you won't be there as the Guest of Honor. But I look forward to the day when you'll be available to make it. :) And if I had the funds, I'd pay the tickets and pay you to go. You are expensive, but you are very worth it. :)

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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Apologies if this has been answered: Oracles can wear armor - so why doesn't the Iconic Oracle?

I seem to recall that armour wasn't mentioned in the art description for the Oracle.

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Hello Mr. Reynolds, your work always helps give a little spur in visualizing Golarion.

What's your favorite non-core race to illustrate? Including bestiary monsters.

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Romaq wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Seoni's attire is, in my mind, more typical of a Varisian outfit than Thassilonian. That said, Varisian history is intermingled with Thassilon, so I'm also sure there's echoes of that in her outfit as well.

When Darsadi (Half-elf Varisian Sorc) wants to dress fancy, it is more like Seoni's attire and having reference to things like Mongolia/ East Asian attire is VERY useful for me as references. Darsadi has no problem being "cheese-cakey". If you've got it, flaunt it. I love the tagline for a sorcerer, "Work is for ugly people."

When Darsadi goes to the field, she wears something much more like the Iconic hunter Adowyn: dress for function, and she has her hair up to not get caught on anything or used against her in a grapple. And Darsadi loves hats!

I must say if Seoni were dressed to look more like Adowyn, I couldn't tell she's a Sorceress. Regardless of how practical or "realistic" I would personally consider Seoni's attire, I KNOW for a fact you can lay out each Iconic: Wizard, Sorcerer, Summoner, Monk, Fighter... each and every one WAR has done to date. Ask someone who never heard of Pathfinder what "this" image is, and I'm pretty sure they'll guess it. And if they are interested at all in playing Fantasy Tabletop RPG, they'll know what they want to play off a WAR pregen image before they even know what the class & stats are.

One look at Seoni... just one... and I knew, "Ok, that's mine. Let's roll!"

Thank you, WAR! The only regret I have in buying my 2015 PaizoCon tickets is that I know you won't be there as the Guest of Honor. But I look forward to the day when you'll be available to make it. :) And if I had the funds, I'd pay the tickets and pay you to go. You are expensive, but you are very worth it. :)

Thanks very much for the kind words Romaq. I sincerely appreciate it.

PaizoCon is a great event and I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time at this year's show. The PaizoCon 2015 artist GoH is the talented Jason Engle. Please do chat with him, he's a really nice guy.

Maybe I'll see you at PaizoCon 2016? :)

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Wayne Reynolds wrote:
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Apologies if this has been answered: Oracles can wear armor - so why doesn't the Iconic Oracle?
I seem to recall that armour wasn't mentioned in the art description for the Oracle.

We intentionally chose not to request armor for the oracle, because while they CAN wear armor, many oracle mysteries grant a pretty good armor bonus perk that wouldn't stack with armor. Furhtermore, since we wanted our oracle to come from the desert... full-on armor felt weird to put on her.

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Romaq wrote:
My understanding of http://pathfinder.wikia.com/wiki/Mwangi vs Garundi is like the distinction between someone who is Korean vs. Asian. The nationality for Pharasma is "Garundi" from what I recall reading.

While "Garundi" can mean "somebody from the continent of Garund," it *also* refers to people of a specific ethnicity—see page 14 of the Inner Sea World Guide. Quinn's ethnicity is Mwangi, not Garundi... and since he's actually from Galt, he's not Garundi in the *regional* sense either—he's Avistani.

(At least, unless James Jacobs or James Sutter correct me....)

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Ms. Pleiades wrote:

Hello Mr. Reynolds, your work always helps give a little spur in visualizing Golarion.

What's your favorite non-core race to illustrate? Including bestiary monsters.

Thanks very much.

So many good races to choose from!
I enjoy illustrating anything in the Pathfinder setting.
I had a lot of fun painting the cover to the Monster Codex with all the different creatures on it.
I think I can narrow it down to Ogres or Mites. :)

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Wayne, is there anything in the (revealed) Occult Adventures iconic portraits you want to point out (i.e. little details and gear the Internet hasn't noticed yet)?

Is there anything in the unrevealed artwork for those iconics you want to tease us about?

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Ross Byers wrote:

Wayne, is there anything in the (revealed) Occult Adventures iconic portraits you want to point out (i.e. little details and gear the Internet hasn't noticed yet)?

Is there anything in the unrevealed artwork for those iconics you want to tease us about?

Apologies. I'll wait until the final versions of the Occult Adventures Iconics have been officially released.

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Was worth a shot.


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Vic Wertz wrote:

While "Garundi" can mean "somebody from the continent of Garund," it *also* refers to people of a specific ethnicity—see page 14 of the Inner Sea World Guide. Quinn's ethnicity is Mwangi, not Garundi... and since he's actually from Galt, he's not Garundi in the *regional* sense either—he's Avistani.

(At least, unless James Jacobs or James Sutter correct me....)

I think it is safe to say, "It's complicated, and that's ok." I am very VERY pleased with the part about putting pregens spread across the table with WAR's art and letting the new player look at and invest in someone they see they can be, regardless if their ethnicity or background outside of the game. That way they can understand too, their "ethnicity" and "background" may be complicated, not the typical Tabletop RPG player, but "that's ok." Everyone is welcome to the table. And WAR's artwork affirms that.

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