A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder



Ink (Faber-Castell PITT artist pens) on a LEUCHTTURM1917 (A4 with extra strong paper)

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I have been spending some time working on some concepts for Fallen Thalantea, a project I’m involved with. I’m more or less set on the style – I think I’m still too heavy on the details but I can sort that out (honest!). Now I need to create a number of archetypes, that in role-playing games (RPG) are as well known as character classes: Rogue, Priest, Warrior, Mage, etc.

These classes have specific roles. For example the rogues are normally good at scouting and dealing damage. The priest is a support class, tending wounds and enhancing his/her comrades abilities. The warrior is a meat shield, intercepting enemies and soaking damage. The mage is good at ranged damage and crowd control. And so on.

Talking about archetypes, I still have with me a book I read many years ago in art school: The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell. It is a very interesting book in which Campbell explores the theory that important, ancient myths from around the world, all share the same structure. Campbell called this theory the Monomyth: “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” I highly recommend this book to any inquisitive mind!

What I want to do next is to scan this drawing and start playing with colour options. I have already a palette in mind, see how that pans out 😀

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Manuel Mesones is a Peruvian graphic designer and illustrator. Running away from the sun, he moved to Yorkshire, England, over a decade ago. His weapon of choice is a ballpoint pen but he is also very keen on digital illustration.

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