February 23, 2012

Monster Mash

Some recently released book, magazine, and card illustrations...

Jade Regent © Paizo Publishing

Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl Dungeon Magazine #199 © Wizards of the Coast

Dracurion SkyGuard Legends of Norrath © Sony Online Entertainment

February 22, 2012

D&D Mighty Mugg

Halfling Rogue

Hey guys, just wanted to share in case some of you haven't seen it already that my Mighty Mugg has been featured over at Jon Schindehette's ArtOrder blog. Jon asked me to talk about my process a bit and some of my experiences while working on it. I'm pretty happy with the end result but I won't lie, there were some frustrations along the way. Head over and check it out if you get a chance! :)

February 21, 2012

Spotlight on Egil Thompson

I had the pleasure of meeting Egil Thompson a few days ago, and later on looked at his incredible paintings. Jack of all traits, he's equally skilled with both traditional and digital mediums. Here's a quick tour of his work.

For more check out his web site: egilthompson.wordpress.com

February 14, 2012

Nexus Ops

Early last year I was approached by the good folks at Fantasy Flight Games to redesign all the game pieces for a new release of the board game, Nexus Ops. They acquired the rights and wanted to give it a fresh new look. I jumped at the opportunity to give an entire game my own personal look and feel. I had to design five monsters and one human space marine. I had to produce miniature turnarounds as well as full color illustrations of each piece. Needless to say I had a ton of fun working on these. This is how they all turned out...



Lava Leaper:


Rubium Dragon:

February 7, 2012

Fear the card art

Just released today is the new set of  the Warcraft card game "Crown of Heavens" which I made some art for: a goblin, vial and a half sheep/frog.  
Initially when I saw the vial in the assignment I was worried that maybe I was going to start getting cards of lesser importance.  Fear is always present as a freelancer, as you often don't communicate much with your clients and are always worried how your work is received.  My advice is to just to do a great job on whatever assignment you are given, and don't worry about being typecast or labelled by your art director.  A great piece of art whatever the subject just instills confidence and puts you on good terms with your art director.  Subsequently after doing this job, my fears have been completely alleviated, as I actually have been getting better assignments with more important and complex art descriptions.

To understand how to render the liquid, I'm looking at orange juice...

I'm sure I will sell a boatload of print of this guy... ;)

Also recently released are 2 cards for Magic the Gathering's new set "Dark Ascension".  
These are the second cards I've done, and it seems like they are fairly important and getting alot of exposure.  This is a "red eye" female shaman who turns into a wolf on a double-sided card.
 I'm really pumped to do more and I hope the AD keeps calling! (there's that fear again)

February 6, 2012

ImagineFX FXPose

Hey guys, some of you already know because I mentioned it either on my blog or other sites, but this month I've got a spot in ImagineFX Magazine's FXPose, it just hit shelves in the USA for February. Wanted to share the news with you guys!

(Special thanks to Eva Widermann for scanning the page for me prior to it releasing in the USA)