The Witcher recruits Game of Thrones landscape artist


Have you ever wondered how the locations in fantasy films and TV series — such as Game of Thrones mountain citadel, The Eyrie — look so magical? Many times, the credit is owed to one of the filming industry’s unsung heroes, scenic artists (or landscape artists). Redanian Intelligence brings news of an experienced scenic artist now confirmed to have worked on Netflix’s The Witcher. Read on for a peek at some of the coming season’s painted backdrops.

Game of Thrones’ The Eyrie, as painted by Howard Weaver

Scenic artist Howard Weaver has painted several backdrops for The Witcher’s upcoming first season. As well as listing that production, Weaver’s website details his extensive career: “Howard Weaver has been a professional scenic artist in film and television for 45 years. He has painted backgrounds for many major film, TV series and commercials in London and throughout Europe. Parallel to this career he has maintained a commitment to his personal art producing many paintings and drawings which have been exhibited and sold widely.”

Weaver’s resume includes Game of Thrones, the Star Wars franchise, Die Hard and Batman. It also mentions his more recent projects, confirming The Witcher: “More recent film credits include, Emerald City, Gemini Man, Red Sparrow, The Alienist, The King , Terminator and in 2019, The Witcher.”

Fortunately, Weaver has chosen to share some of his work for The Witcher on his website, plus a few more pieces from his Twitter that appear to be Witcher related. The first of these backdrops is a very familiar swamp, which you’ll recognize from the series’ first teaser.

Notice that the painting is mixed with actual trees to make it appear three-dimensional
Above we see some lighting equipment
A shot of the swamp set from behind? This image is from Weaver’s Twitter account
The same swamp, as seen in the teaser trailer. Effects aren’t necessarily finalized, but the swamp itself looks polished.

Of the other Witcher paintings on his website and Twitter, the most interesting is the painting of a castle. Could this be Wyzim, or Vizima as it is known in the games?

The castle in question
This painting was used in a scene shot in-studio, probably in the show’s headquarters at Budapest’s Origo studios
Three beautiful images here, quite possibly belonging to The Witcher. Sunset Boulevard is where Netflix HQ is located, and Budapest is where The Witcher was shot.

Finally, we were able to find two more images on Weaver’s Twitter that could be for The Witcher. Full disclosure: they could belong to another project. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if these practice shots were for a swamp or river scene that we’ll see in season one of the series.

What do you think of this new addition to the show’s art department? Share your thoughts below!

5 comments on “The Witcher recruits Game of Thrones landscape artist”

  1. Beautiful artwork. It’s always interesting to get a look behind the cameras and learn a little more about the production process.

  2. well, it looks good. But -it’s a swamp- not very challenging. Let see Kaer Morhen, Novigrad and other, ore complicated locations to make judgement. The best thing- the guy is from Game of Thrones, which was amazing show, and has ton of experience. I don’t think you can make living for 50 years if you are crappy artist. So his resume absolutely speaks for itself.

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