Posts tagged Wayne Reynolds
Posts tagged Wayne Reynolds
When ladies have bar brawls, they wear garters (without pants), and tear eachother’s clothing off. Exposing your enemy’s breast is clearly the only logical option when beating the stuffing out of eachother.
[“Irresponsible Character” by Wayne Reynolds, Dungeon Master’s Guide 2]
Heeeeeeeeey wait a minute. Is that a bottle among her waist-bound accoutrements? Looks like another awkwardly-posed cheesecake masterpiece from our good friend, Wayne Reynolds!
Thanks again, Wayne. Your sphereboobs haunt my dreams.
Truefact: This was my first impression of 4E. It’s the cover image from the PHB.
I kept waiting for 4E’s art to defy my expectations. It never did.
[Wayne Reynolds, 4E PHB Cover Art]
Now, the credited artist here is Wayne Reynolds, but I’m having a hard time believing it, because she doesn’t have enough bottles around her waist. Although she does definitely have a big cape fastened by the shoulder that does nothing to obstruct her giant sphere-boob cleavage, so maybe I buy it.
[Sacellum Godspeaker by Wayne Reynolds, Magic the Gathering]
Wayne Reynolds is a sneaky artist. He is great with textures, he can convey motion in his art, and the facial expressions are almost uniformly piercing. What’s interesting about the way he layers his subjects in buckles and belts and capes and cloaks and buttons and leather and bottles is that they actually do a really great job of distracting from the actual silhouette of the character.
Here’s a fun game you can try if you’re playing along at home! Get some tracing paper and one of his images (or MS paint and .jpeg, if you prefer) and just find the edges of his bodies. Find the spots where the background shows through because there isn’t anybody there. You may notice some interesting features!
Let’s look at an example. Here’s Feiya:
Okay, so now let’s try and find the lines that represent the edges of her body*.
Alright, looks about right. Now let’s get a better look at her outline.
Yeah. I bet you wondered how he always managed that cocked leg pose he gave every character from Gimble forward. The answer is to make one leg significantly longer than the other, then break her knees.
Just to be super extra thorough, let’s now give the same treatment to a human woman of similar body proportions in approximately the same pose, and compare the results.
Our human model is uncommonly skinny, but she still looks as though at least two Feiya-Torsos(tm) could ride around comfortably in her ribcage. Notice also that despite cocking a hip, the waist does not jut abruptly inwards above the hipbone, but instead slopes gradually. Though the human model is facing the viewer more directly than Feiya is, even turning sharply away from the camera would not produce those angles.
Here, let’s see what happens when our model pivots in the direction Feiya is facing.
Again, the human woman on the right comes nowhere near those angles. She has narrow hips and narrow shoulders. She is very thin. She still requires ribs to protect her organs. This means that (unlike Feiya) she must possess a torso of at least the minimum size required to house them.
Whatever Feiya is made of, it doesn’t appear to be flesh, muscle, and bone. It is possible the setting mentions she is actually made of PVC or vinyl, but I imagine someone would have noticed if that was the case.
* The shading he added to emphasize Feiya’s hips indicates her pelvis is quite high up on the body, resulting in absurdly long snake-legs.
I’m really entertained/depressed that this image happens to hit nearly all the points I had outlined here. I hadn’t seen this image when I’d written it, and I hate to be the one to point out a boob-strap doesn’t connect to anything :(
For reference, a summary of the points was as follows:
This stance is interesting, because it is both incredibly consistent and common, and misleadingly uncomfortable to do. Note how the woman is leaning back, away from her legs, with a likely heavy dragon on one shoulder. Yet she still has all her weight on one leg. This is a pose we’re so used to seeing that we barely count it as contorted at all, I mean it isn’t as if her breasts and her butt are on the same side, as is so often the case in comics.
Is her pose impossible? Of course not. Is it comfortable? Oh fuck no. Just twisting your leg and leaning away from it the way she is isn’t very fun (okay, yes, I tried this pose) but combined with the back-lean it leaves you with a lot of tensed muscles for an allegedly casual pose.
Oh Wayne Reynolds. :(
The Wayne Reynolds Style: A Tutorial
Congratulations! You are now ready to craft your masterpiece.
He’s aiming at us! Quick! Fling the shield away from your body!
The only thing that worries me more than Feiya’s weird rubber leg and peculiar collar-bone sphere-breasts is the fact that her feet, not her shoes, are tattered and missing chunks. How is that possible? Where did they go?
Most of the feet he draws are just bizarrely tiny and crunched into weirdly rectangular or pointed triangle shapes; phantom tattered-bedsheet feet are something new.
Gosh, with Wayne behind the wheel, it seems no feet are safe.