Hiya! Whew! Man, it's been waaay too long but I've been busy I can finally start showing some of the work I've been doing for the last 3 years for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I hope anyone out there who buys the game enjoys it as much as we enjoyed developing it. Also there's a podcast diary with interviews of myself and pal/cohort Adam Adamowicz, Matt Carofano(AD), and Todd Howard on the making of Skyrim over at Bethblog. With that includes a short video, a side by side comparisons of concepts and game assets plus even more art. Go on over and check it out if you have a few minutes.
More to come! Thanks for viewing! Cheers, Ray
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Oh, awesome. I am absolutely stoked for this game, in no small part due to your concepts. So much less vanilla fantasy than Oblivion. I love it.
Theses are some very nice paintings... i love the cobbles in your 2nd painting. the wet look you have made is excellent...
@Davie: Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the game. I'm still playing it and will probably start an new character once I get my retail copy. Right now I'm playing as an Altmer Mage. What's really cool is how depending on where you choose to use your perks it will really alter the play experience so that it never feels the same twice. This team is truly amazing!
@Jeff Lafferty: Thank you Jeff! How's CO treating you?
@E.DIN: Thank you E. I really wanted to convey a PNW vibe with the climate in that particular region.
This fanart rocks the casbah.
One of my favorite things about CA is how many geekalicious fans there are, and how willing they are to post badassery like this.
For some reason the meat selection is my favorite, I have no idea why. Lol. Probably because you gave each piece such personality!
Incredible work, I've been closely following Skyrim as I'm a huge fan of Bethesda's games. I particularly enjoy the architectural landscape concepts, I was using this painting as a desktop for a few months.. http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6220/...09d0ec60_o.jpg
I appreciate the way the cities and ruins seemingly grow out of and shape around the surrounding landscapes vs being isolated free standing structures, as seen in these Skyrim concept paintings..
Love how the city expands across the arched rock formation here - http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6120/...a78fdf1b_o.jpg
I noticed this with the city that has the waterfall inside of it too, was that accidentally happening through the design process or was it intended for you to conceptualize the ruins/cities with the landscape directly influencing it from the beginning?
PS - the ability to directly control or turn into a dragon would be a great idea for future dlc!
These are awesome...and I'm really digging the Dark Brotherhood costume; looks much better than Oblivions.'
oooh, I really want this game...buuut, I will have to pass as I would end up neglecting my art which I've already done for too long.
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"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
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Thanks for all the kind words Aeron. Most of that landscape stuff was done by the incomparable Adam Adamowicz. I designed Solitude which is the city perched on top of the natural arch. The waterfall runs through Markarth which is an ancient Dwemer ruin. The waterfall was likely Adam's idea but I don't remember honestly. Hopefully he'll post some of his stuff and discuss his process.
Thanks bish0p2004. I labored over that one for a while. I have a feeling people will either love it or hate it. I'd actually like to go back and refine it and make it more stealthy but it's too late now. Sometimes you just have to let them go
Thanks for taking the time to share so much of the fantastic artwork from The Elder Scrolls - It's very cool to see some of the magic that goes into creating such a great series of games.
I can't wait to play it in 2 weeks and see your work brought to 'life'.
I seen that video of the comparisons between the concept art and finished environments on GameTrailers the other day and wow..
Absolutely beautiful work and i cannot wait to get my copy of the game! Goodbye social life! haha
I really love the artwork. I've pre-ordered the collectors edition so I can get the artbook. Looking forward to spending the long winter nights ahead in Skyrim.
NeechMonkey: Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy it
Lord Dubu: Thanks!
Maelstrom78: thanks man. Make you get out and see some sunlight from time to time
Leo: thanks again!
CKWorth: thanks for buying the CE! That really means a lot to me and Adam. They really went all out with the art book. They fit as much as they could in there and it is jam packed but I think it only represents about 30% of the work we did. On top of that, it's an extremely high quality presentation. If you like our work, then I don't think you'll be disappointed...
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Amazing artwork here. The Elder Scrolls is by far my favorite series of video games And I certainly cannot wait to play this on friday....I just hope it does not invade my personal art studies :/
But yes, It sure is a great treat to have your artwork for this game up here on ca.org. Thanks so much for sharing.
Great work! I'm super stoked for this game. I purchased it 2 months ago and going to go do the 7 o clock wait out till midnight when I can get it and play it till I cant stay up any longer! I can only imagine your super excited for the world to get there hands on the game. Keep up the good work over there.
@Damien Levs: Thanks! I've been meeting lots ES fans as you might guess and they truly are some of the coolest people I've met. Thanks for accepting my spin on a beloved IP...
@Ravenseye: Thank you! I hope you enjoy the game. I'm more excited than ever to hear and see the reactions of fans to our game. We all did our best to make something great for you to enjoy.
Nice sketches ...I'm already hooked on this darn game!!!! Having a blast though
wow, thanks for sharing these. they are really great and itīs always so good to have a look behind the scenes.. I love the game BTW, really the best TES so far i think.
I love the movement in your work! It brings so much life and character into it, and brings me into the scene to investigate more! And I too REALLY want this game... hopefully I can afford it soon.
Hey, Ray, great to finally see the hi-rez work here. Looks fantastic.
And why are you drawing meat? :-)
I was just blown away, your work is intense and eye catching. You have a wonderful rhythm to your work and just the right amount of grittiness to really compliment it.
Also your rendering is just top notch, everything looks like the material it should feel like if someone was to reach in their screen and try handling it.
Really impressive work!
Damien Levs: Thanks again
kirillis: Thanks and I'm glad you're enjoying the game.
Todd Pazicni: Thank you so much! I hope you get a chance to enjoy the game soon
Pavel: Thanks Pavel!
Artbot: Thanks Rich!
Eyecager: Wow hay thanks mate! Hopefully I'll get to the point to where I actually feel like I live up to that praise someday. Thanks again