When we see CW vs Sage at 50px resolution, it’s hard to appreciate the grandeur of the 2:
Looks like a small edit, right? Now, open this in a new tab and zoom (this still isn’t the full res of each for the sake of keeping them side-by-side):
- Xed did the CW (left) - came 1st.
- Adiart did the Sage (right) - came later.
The only part that is actually 1:1 the same about them … are proportions (outline). The rest is actually completely redrawn, repainted in Adiart’s own style.
Let’s start with the mustache style and strokes:
You can already see that these are 2 completely different styles, when zoomed. The left mustache is more “outwards” like
_/_/\_\_ while the right is more “downwards/straight” like
/|||||\. Adi’s version I also believe has a “smoother/straighter” nose.
Let’s compare paint strokes:
Xed has more abstract/textured strokes while Adi has more smooth/silky strokes, both wonderful in their own styles.
Finally, the “halo”:
Xed’s version was more of a chaotic swirl, while Adi’s swirl is more stylized with a less-abstract approach.
They both have so much flavor and go deep into detail - such detail that I wish I could show more in-game than what the tiny portraits barely portray.
So much detail goes into many of the art pieces that created Throne of Lies.
Which portrait do you like the best?
- Court Wizard (Xed)
- Sage (Adi)