Darkest Planeswalkers Playmat
Project Completion Time : 1 Week | Completion Date: February 27th 2018

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I was playing the Darkest Dungeon game on steam and something that really struck me about it was the gorgeous artwork, the style was so distinct and unique I wanted to try it for myself. However making a carbon copy of a piece of artwork is boring so I wanted to try the style with a twist. My go to fanart is usually Magic: the Gathering, and for a few years I'd wanted to release a mirrored playmat to my "female planeswalkers" mat with all the monocolored male walkers. Seeing how this style was aggressive and dark I thought it might be a fun contrast to my female walker mat!


This was more of an art challenge than anything, so for the most part I took a piece of reference art and copied the layout with mtg characters instead. Usually I start with a pencil drawing and scan it in, but this time I started with a digital sketch and spent a long time refining it in photoshop.

Reference Image

After nailing down my line work I moved the entire thing into illustrator and did a live trace to give it that really clean crisp look.

image before vectorizing

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Then I brought it back into photoshop for coloring. I did simple block coloring and relied on a bunch of different overlay and multiply layers to get an effect similar to the textured look of the original piece.

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I'm pretty pleased with it, when compared side by side to the original it's pretty different, but a lot of people seem to be able to instantly recognize the art style.

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