Artwork by Mattias Snygg

Ask me anything   This is a page for my sketches and experiments in digital and traditional techniques.

A study for an upcoming commission.

A study for an upcoming commission.

— 3 months ago with 29 notes
Spymaster progression

image

Recent commission for an upcoming game, copyright Playraven.

— 5 months ago with 7 notes
villesink asked: Hi! Big big fan of your work. What I especially adore is the traditional look of your work and the really impressive way you conserve the number of values. Now, this is done by number of great artists and it's something I keep trying to achieve too. I tend to get pretty good start on it, but when the painting progresses it feels like the value structure goes muddier and muddier. Is there any tips you could share on how to build up value composition and how to avoid mucking it up? -Ville


Answer:

Hi Ville

I think a good strategy is to do an initial value study where you lay down the overall value relationships - and it sounds like you get that already in your work. When adding detail after that stage a key thing to consider is that everything you add conforms to your initial study. You don’t add or increase contrast with each added detail but keep within the parameters you’ve already set up for yourself in your earlier stage. This is hard to maintain and a lot of times its tempting to get lost in the modelling or detail phase and lose overall view of where it’s heading. But no individual thing you out on there should upset the balance you’ve set!

— 5 months ago with 2 notes
runningpencils asked: Hello Mattias, I love your work! I found your tumblr just now and saw the "ask me anything" sign in bright purple, so I can assume you would enjoy a little question. You have a detail level control which is admirable, and also color and composition are very lovely. Each image is easy to understand yet loaded of interesting notes. Do you have an intelligible process that you could share? many thanks.


Answer:

Hey! That’s a good question and one that’s not very easy to answer :)¬†Here’s an approximation:¬†

1. Use the largest possible brush to build up the whole image to a rough state. 2. Select ONE spot where you want to focus the image. 3. Add detail to only that particular area (sticking to this is the hard part). 4. If something doesn’t look or feel right, repeat from step 1.

I don’t always manage to stick to a process, the x factor is huge on why sometimes it works and other times things crash and burn. Hope this helps!

— 5 months ago with 2 notes
The palmnut vulture.

The palmnut vulture.

— 5 months ago with 160 notes
Mask spotted in Florence

Mask spotted in Florence

— 6 months ago with 26 notes
The theme was “Orc peon”, with a 30 min time cap

The theme was “Orc peon”, with a 30 min time cap

— 7 months ago with 12 notes