I proudly present to you the newest form of community recognition here on Guild Wars Insider: Fan Art Spotlight. Starting from here on out, there will be a post every week or two to bring awareness to the great artists among the Guild Wars 2 fan base. And to kick things off, we have the artist Ruvii with her piece “Rytlock”.
As the name implies, it is a work based upon the famous feline character, Rytlock. The outstanding style and finesse behind the image really stands out, and made it the choice, as well as inspiration, for the Fan Art Spotlight. Luckily, we even got to conduct a small interview with the artist, so without any further delays…
About the Art
How long did it take to make the piece?
In terms of exact hours and minutes, I honestly have no idea. I was originally just doing this as a quick little speed paint, but I ended up liking it and getting carried away. Now I’ve messed with it on and off for a couple of weeks in-between college work and other art.
Was there a specific inspiration behind the artwork?
Not really, besides the fact that Rytlock is awesome and I wanted to draw him.
What programs/mediums did you use for this piece?
I used a Wacom Intuos4 tablet, and the Photoshop Elements that came with it.
What originally got you started doing art?
I… just kind of started to draw because I enjoyed it. I don’t really know when exactly that happened. I remember Disney and Don Bluth movies really making me want to draw when I was a kid, and eventually video games inspired me just as much. Games like Guild Wars!
What advice would you give to other/aspiring artists?
Don’t be like me and get crabby every time something doesn’t come out the way you want it to haha. Everything takes time, and as long as you stick with it you’ll get where you want to be eventually even though it might be hard work.
About the Artist
Were you a big fan of the original Guild Wars?
I had the pre-order for the original Guild Wars. It was one of (if not the) first game(s) I ever bought with my own money as a kid, and I’ve been playing it ever since! So yeah, you could say I’m a big fan haha.
Which profession do you plan to have as your main character?
Which of the races are you most excited to play as?
I like both the Charr and the Asura, but it’s especially cool to finally be able to play the Charr after I first met them as bad guys in Prophecies almost seven years ago.
Which aspect of Guild Wars 2 is your favorite? (PvE, PvP, WvW, Dungeons, DEs, Crafting, Exploring, etc..)
Oh jeeze I like almost everything I’ve heard about Guild Wars 2, so it’s really hard to pick. WvW sounds like it’s going to be incredibly awesome though, and I can’t wait to run around with my guild and contribute to the mass chaos.
If you want to keep up with Ruvii, be sure to check out her DeviantArt account!