Artists: LP Ǽkili Ross and Tobias Roetsch
I'm extremely pleased to report that we now have all the art licensed and positioned in the Archives of the Sky book, and I'll be sending the files to the printer later this week for a test printing! The book is looking fantastic, folks... I can't wait for you all to see it!
Over the next couple updates I want to share with you some of the incredible artists whose work will be featured in the book. While we originally thought we would split our art budget between commissioning a few original pieces and licensing the rest, the route we've ultimately taken is to use all licensed art. The advantage of this route is that we could afford a higher-tier level of artwork than we'd have been able to otherwise, and the results are truly stunning.
The first artist I want to feature is the incredible environmental artist Tobias Roetsch, whose jaw-dropping sci-fi landscapes perfectly capture the epic tone of Archives. I mean, just look at this:
Click through to check out the gorgeous details on that piece, and to browse some more of Tobias's work.
We're licensing five epic shots from Tobias, several for full-page chapter spreads and also for the new cover of the book. Here's a sneak peak at how one of these pieces looks integrated into the layout:
Tobias's work hits all my "space is so cooool" buttons, and I'm thrilled to have his work be such a large part of Archives of the Sky's visual identity.
But the game is also about intimate, human moments to contrast with the epic and galactic ones, so it was also important to me to capture faces, textures, and emotions in some of the art. I'm thrilled to reveal that the book also features work from the amazing LP Ǽkili Ross.
When I came across LP's gallery, I literally gasped aloud at the incredible power of some of his pieces. His portraiture, in particular, is simply stunning. I reached out to LP but frankly thought it was a long shot that a project with our budget would be able to make something happen. Turns out he's not only talented but genuinely friendly, and intrigued enough by Archives' premise to be willing to join our journey. I'm honored to be featuring some of his pieces in the book.
I'll be revealing a few more of the contributing artists over the next few weeks while I wait for proofs from the printer. In the meantime, sometime in mid-November you should be receiving a survey from BackerKit, which will allow you to fill in your current shipping address (if you pledged for a physical copy) and give you the option to upgrade from PDF to print or order multiple copies. I'll send out a backer update just before that happens so you know to keep your eyes open.
We're still on track to be shipping the book in early December. Until then, keep watching the skies!