Nuru and Aki

  Hi guys, today I wanted to introduce you to Aki and his tiny big sister Nuru. These two unlikely siblings will go on a long journey to safe their rain forest nation from the Serpent´s life draining powers and the forest spirits will guide them on their way through the thick twilight forest. I added a step by step break down to give you a glimpse into my process. Hope you enjoy the character illustration. :)

Serpent Creature Fantasy Illustration SallyGottschalk

The Serpent

Hi guys, I wanted to share a recent illustration and concept art with you. This is the Serpent! The final boss for a game project. This fallen spirit creature likes to consume souls, and when he does he will grow a new tail based on the soul he has consumed, leaving him eternal bound to some pretty evil ladies. I hope you enjoy the illustration as well as the concept art.

Scarecrow Nigreda Character ConceptArt Sally Gottschalk

Team Scarecrow

  At the edge of a small town in a deep dark forest are the three farms owned by three very different Families. The first one is almost abandoned, since no one wanted to take on the family business of growing crops. The only one left is old Ms. Meier who due to her age can barely keep the farm running and has a serious love for cats. The second one is owned by the Bricks Brothers who think everything bigger is better and treat everything on the farm with this principal in mind. And the third one houses a…

Concept Art Sally Gottschalk Syn Studio Nigreda

Kraken – Syn Studio

  Today I want to share some concept art we created as part of a fun team assignment at Syn Studio Montreal. Everyone of us had to work on a mech of one of four cryptids that needed to be created with the same restrictions in mind. My cryptid was the Kraken ;) Below the final concept art as well as some original scribbles from my sketchbook.

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Elementals – Pathfinder

    Since last summer I have the pleasure to work with Paizo on Pathfinder parallel to my master studies. As bigger projects go time passes between the creation of artworks and the actual release. So now I can share some of my first Illustrations with you. :) I worked on a set of four elementals and a golden wolverine for Paizo´s upcoming Summon Monster Pawn Collection. I´ve included my original sketches as well as some work in progress. After the first sketch iteration we decided to change the elementals proportions to make them bigger and more massive.

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Morning Stroll

Finally I got to finish one of my own Illustrations again and it has been quite some time since I last worked on an Asian dragon. So here we go. :) This one was a lot of fun to work on. I challenged myself to work with saturation to create contrast instead of color contrast. So the entire picture is done in tones from yellow to red and the shadow areas are simply lower in saturation. At the beginning I had a different design for the horns but found them rather boring and decided to go with ram horns instead….

Azmodan Brightwing Blizzard DeviantArt Contest Heroes of the Storm

Azmodan & Brightwing

Hey everyone, I have no idea what the weather looks like at your place atm but I hope it´s a bit cooler as it is here in Germany! I´ve been finishing up the summer semester and the week of exam till yesterday and I think when it has around 32°C/90°F inside your apartment and you still think it´s so refreshingly cool in comparison to the outside, it´s definitely way too hot for my taste. :D So now that I´m done with my tests and university projects time to share some art! This is my entry for the Heroes of the…

Kelpie Waterhorse Sally Gottschalk Fantasy Illustration Creature

Kelpie Steed

I have always found the idea strange that the northern water horse aka kelpie is supposed to look like an actual horse. Everyone who has crossed a river on horseback knows they can swim but they aren´t the best swimmers in the world and horses hate walking through muddy areas where their thin legs sink deep into the ground. I like the idea of him being a real aquatic predator, webbing between his clawed hands and feet, covered with scales and using his strong fish like tale to propel himself through the water like a crocodile in search for prey….

griffin creature illustration by sally gottschalk

Griffin Illustration

Today I want to share my newest illustration Griffin Mom with you. Remember if you ever find a huge nest with big blue eggs, don´t just walk up on it. Momy might be just around the corner. ;) Hope you like it! Below I added some steps for you, so you can take a closer look at my work in progress.