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  1. Whoooo, I can finally share my journey with the Chaos Toads (included in the Fan Favorites expansion of Bones IV) with you; I feel like I've been holding my breath for a year. I've had to be mum about these guys since last year at ReaperCon when Ron gave me the commission. That was very difficult, because I have seldom been more excited about a project than I was about this one. Throughout the project, I shared progress pictures with a couple friends of mine who were "in the know" having been present at ReaperCon. As a result, I have pictures of much of the sculpting process that I can share with you all. It started with Ron and I having a conversation about my sculpting and where I wanted it to go and what he wanted for Bones IV. During the discussion, we realized that Reaper really didn't have good representations of these creatures, just a demon that was similar, but not quite. He set me up with Izzy to design some concepts, and away we went. Let me tell you right now, working with Izzy is a real trip. She is awe inspiring and amazingly talented. We only had about 30 minutes to talk and sketch, yet she came up with the most awesome concepts. It was amazing how, with just a few strokes of her pencil, she had concepts looking at me from the page. Even more fun was our conversation as she drew, where she explained her ideas, I added mine, we blended them together, and had discussions on what in her art had to be there and what I could/should adjust. It was my first experience working with a concept artist and the highlight of ReaperCon '16 for me. I drove all the way back to MN in an excited buzz. But enough talking, I'm sure you want to see the art Izzy drew. Chaos Toad Savage: Concept: Pose: Chaos Toad Brawler: Concept: Pose: Chaos Toad Sorcerer: Concept: Pose: No pose for this one, we ran out of time, but she explained to me the pose she envisioned, which is pretty close to what I did in the end. Reference Art: I based the brawler on a horned lizard, the savage on a marine toad, and the sorcerer on a bull frog and bull dog, plus a dose of Izzy's art. Here are just a few of the photos I drew inspiration from: I'll keep posting the progression as I get time. Let me know what you think. Andy
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