Robert Ball – Game Of Thrones Illustrations


Robert M. Ball, designer and illustrator living and working in London, was commissioned by a digital branding agency in New York – 360i, on behalf of HBO. The idea was to get everyone geared up for Season Four of Game of Thrones by producing some original content that worked as a reminder of the events of the first three seasons. Every day a new illustration would appear on, until Season four, when a new illustration would appear a few days after each broadcast.
All these illustrations look great and I wondered how he get the job?
Robert M. Ball: “I pitched for the job, the brief was to create an illustration around a death in episode 1, the beheading of a deserter by Ned Stark. I think there’s two reasons not to show the characters too much – to avoid creating another ‘version’ of those characters so you have images that complement the TV series rather than contradict them, to act as a memory jog so the audience remembers the scene, rather than trying to replicate it. Secondly, if you catch an illustration for an episode you haven’t seen yet, by making them slightly oblique the episode won’t be immediately spoiled for you.”
Robert Ball concept illustrations Game of thrones
Here you can see the sketchfase of Robert M. Ball, tests for colour combinations and composition.
This is so interesting to see, don’t you think?
Robert M. Ball: “In the case of the sword and the river, those thumbnails were alternatives in my pitch to demonstrate that I had other ideas, to show that I had more than one thought! I would always supply at least two or three ideas per episode, with my preference, which would sometimes be added to by the guys at 360i – it was a very collaborative process.”
Robert Ball Illustration Age Games of thrones

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Illustration, painting and wallpainting.

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7 Comments on “Robert Ball – Game Of Thrones Illustrations”

  1. October 8, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Fascinating! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Bsoti
    October 11, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    Love his work!! Great share!

  3. October 13, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Reblogged this on Jen Louise and commented:
    I love them!

  4. October 16, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    very nice

  5. October 18, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    Wonderful work. Loved the sketchfase; very interesting!

    • October 19, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

      Glad you like it. I also think it’s interesting to see different stages of an illustration. There’s never only 1 option. :)

  6. Ian J
    November 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    Reblogged this on Eyinjay.


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