Warhammer Lizardmen – Spawn of Itzl Process

Like all my paintings I started this one by doing a bunch of thumbnail drawings. I narrowed it down to the two that I liked (no point in showing something you don’t want to paint), and sent those to the art director.


He liked A. So I did a sketch to work out more of the image details.


There were some changes, and I got this great paint over by my Art Director, Andrew Navaro:


I then did another drawing based on the changes.


I was asked to do a color rough. I don’t usually do color roughs, but in this case it was important because there was some debate about what colors to make the Lizardman and his mount. Andrew mentioned he was tired of the blue Lizardman with red shield, so I tried some different colors.


I then got another great paint over. As you can see I had to go back to Lizardman blue and Cold One (his mount) green. I did get to keep the black shield!


At this point I had Full approval, so I shot my final reference images and then did a final drawing on toned paper.


I then scanned in the drawing and removed the background. Next I had the drawing printed out on gessoed art board. This is a new step in my paintings, and it’s great! I actual print directly on the board, which saves SO MUCH TIME! I can go home from the printer and start to paint immediately. This is also why I made the background white, as it allows my to play around with a subtractive method of painting to get a nice sky. I also get to keep the detail in the foreground figures as they are still grey tone. Both the printing and grey tone drawing has increased my painting speed.


After a lot of oil painting, I finished the image and sent it off. Everyone loved it, and I got full approval first time out!

Spawn of Itzl by Sam Flegal, copyright 2013 Games Workshop LTD

Spawn of Itzl by Sam Flegal, copyright 2013 Games Workshop LTD

The final painting measures 18″ x 24″ and was painted in oil paint.

It was a great project to work on, and I must say it was fun to paint some fantasy dinosaurs!


To see more of my work or to contact me for availability to help with your project please visit: www.samflegal.com



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