January 27, 2013

Magic Update - Ravnica and Gatecrash

I think I have only posted one of my Magic card illustration so far.  I have fallen a bit behind so here is a big update of many of the pieces that have been recently released.
From the Return to Ravnica Set:

Martial Law

Thrill-Kill Assassin

Chaos Imps
And from the recently released Gatecrash:

Firefist Striker

Gyre Sage

Domri Rade - Planeswalker

Aurelia's Fury

Vizkopa Guildmage

January 23, 2013

The Tarrasque

A couple months ago Kate Irwin asked me to do a cover for Dragon Magazine #418 (which would also be paired with an article by Jeff LaSala). The main subject was a Tarrasque, a gigantic horribly destructive creature. The art description was very brief, just a few reference images, and the request: "we're looking for a Godzilla moment here". This ended up being ridiculously fun.

Mmmm... city guards... crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside.

© Wizards of the Coast

January 9, 2013

Final Pathfinder oil for 2012

Just released this month is the 6th and final book in the Pathfinder RPG "Shattered Star" adventure.  This concludes a 6-month, 24 illustration project that I had a great time doing.

In the previous books, I was juggling doing multiple oil paintings each month, but for this last book I decided to focus my efforts on doing a single painting, leaving the other 3 to do digitally.  Its been difficult to get to a finished state doing so many at once, so I thought best to pick the coolest of the commissions and do a 100% job where I wouldn't have to finish after it was sent off.

Here is the final drawing.  I do the drawings in photoshop for speed and to visualize values simultaneously.

Below we see my reference.  For those unfamiliar with best practices in using photos, you can see the limbs and parts have been "frankensteined" together to get positions that match my sketch.  No one photo will be the perfect shot, so you need to adjust and piece them to get what you want.

Below we see the printed out drawing mounted and sealed onto masonite board.  I have gone over the lines with umber acrylic paint so they will be darker and seen through the underpainting.

Some acrylic washes for an underpainting serve to provide relationships to judge colors and provides opacity as I paint each object in one finished layer.

Progress on the painting showing how each part is finished at once.

The final painting.  12X16"  This looks cleaner just due to it being a proper photo using flash equipment whereas the shots above are just snapshots of the work on my table.  The shot below has no retouching.

Anyhow, it was nice to not rush so much with this one.  It took about a week.  

I still have a load of digital ones that I probably won't bother to show as they fall under the category of "git 'er done" art and don't really have final quality details. If I get the chance to make another detail pass at some of them I will post in the coming months... but in the meantime here is one that is more or less finished...

This 6 month Pathfinder job was great in forcing volume from me, and I'm looking forward to using that experience for bigger and better results.