May 1, 2015

Toned Paper Monsters

I did a series of monster drawings on toned paper starting last year. While I have not worked on any recently I am planning on beginning on some more very soon. These are all part of a personal project that I am sloooooooowly working on. Hopefully there will be more to share about this soon!

Gray Wanderer
9 x 12
Pencil on paper
© 2014 Christopher Burdett
Original - SOLD 
 
Corrupted Knight
9 x 12
Pencil on paper
© 2014 Christopher Burdett
Original - SOLD 
 
Smokestack
9 x 12
Pencil on paper
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

Belled Kreep
11 x 14
Pencil on paper
© 2014 Christopher Burdett
Original - Currently not for sale 
 
Aberrant Stilter
11 x 14
Pencil on paper
© 2014 Christopher Burdett
Original - Currently not for sale

Thrice
11 x 14
Pencil on paper
© 2015 Christopher Burdett
Original - Currently not for sale

All images are © 2015 Christopher burdett
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February 17, 2015

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Monster Redesigns and Illustrations

Late in 2013 I was part of the design team that tackled the monsters for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. Needless to say that for me this was a dream job and was pretty much perfectly suited for me. I got to redesign and reimagine a bunch of D&D monsters and then illustrate several of them for the new Monster Manual that came out last year. Starting things off, here are the my monster illustrations that appeared in the 5E Monster Manual...

Aarakocra - Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Ankheg - Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Fire Snake - Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Kraken - Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Salamander - Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

 Here are all the final designs that I created as part of the design process for the monsters. A lot of work went unseen to end up with these new versions. I shared some of this design work over on my own blog, but it would be just too much to post again here. ...and frankly, the final designs are much nicer to look at...
















All images are © 2014 Wizards of the Coast
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January 21, 2015

Kaijudo - Gone but not forgotten...

2014 saw the release of my first, and last, Kaijudo cards because in 2014 the game was cancelled. I joined the Kaijudo team a little later then some, but before it was all over I had a chance to work on some really fun pieces. It was a huge blast to work on such a colorful and less realistic universe.

I was sad to see Kaijudo go and I am sure I was not the only one. Thankfully before the end I was able to create five pieces for the game. Of those five, three saw print, one was released digitally, and the last was never released but I was given permission to share it. Here are my contribution to Kaijudo...

"Virulent Worm" - Kaijudo - Eye of the Storm
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

"Rock Bite" - Kaijudo - Unreleased
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

"Decay" - Kaijudo - Vortex
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

"Lava Burst" - Kaijudo - Vortex
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

"Overshields" - Kaijudo - Vortex
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

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January 15, 2015

D&D Dungeon Master's Screen

Last year when WotC approached me to illustrate the Dungeon Master's Screen, I was in disbelief, and double checked the recipient address to make sure they hadn't accidentally sent an email that was meant for someone else. Once I realized that, yes, they did actually want me for this assignment I jumped up and down and squealed. Then I peed my pants a little bit.

It is the largest and most time consuming (digital) piece I've ever done, about 45 days. Due to advertising needs, I had to do the image in layers, each character, environmental element, and effect had to be on a separate layer. It also had to read as four separate panels, integrated into a single wide horizontal foldable format. In the end it was around 20 layers (and I painted on the wrong layer at least a dozen times throughout the process).

Thumbnails



Grayscale

They liked thumbnail #1, and we collectively decided to flip the image so it read from left to right. I also wanted to increase the size of the dragon so it's wings spread across all four panels.



Color Process

A number of elements were revised, mostly the Kobolds surrounding the adventure party. I painted those changes in color instead of my usual grayscale to color method.



Final Color



individual Panel Details



all images © Wizards of the Coast

September 20, 2014

Theros Hero Cards

Really wanted to show these at Illuxcon this year, alas the Gods of Theros thought it better I teach this semester.  Thought I'd share here on Shadowcore though (while I yet again seethe with jealousy), as this Hero Card project painted for a series of Magic the Gathering Pre-release events, was simply one of the greatest opportunities that's been given me in this winding career.


A total of twenty two oil paintings depicting different faction heroes in the Theros world, and abstracted to read as scenes cut from stone in bas relief.  Like I said in an interview; After this project, I'd be pretty good at the trompe-l'oeil interiors at your local Olive Garden.. =) In any case, here's a few of my favorites, I've not sold a couple of them, as I wanted to show them to students in terms of utilizing maquettes and tableau, but what a wild ride in learning more about my process and History in general.

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Notice the honorary bust of Geoffrey Peterson from The Late Late
Show with TVs Craig Ferguson at her feet. ©Wizards of the Coast 2013  
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Like the first at the top of the thread- Vanquisher, I made
mini paper maquettes, shot them in a couple different
lighting scenarios, then sketched and painted
from that light.