Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HEARTHSTONE PAINTING

Just out is the new expansion for the World of Warcraft online card game "Hearthstone".

I did the card below, oil on panel, 11X14"



I also found a frame to match the oval format that the cards are played in the game.

This might seem like a minor work but the game has 20 million players and there are only a handful of artists doing original paintings for the game.  One of my goals is to work on projects that have a large fanbase and demand, so this fits the bill, plus it was fun to paint.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Interview

Oops... I forgot to mention I was interviewed a few weeks back.  Give it a listen if you want to hear about what freelance fantasy illustrators do.


Friday, July 4, 2014

New stuff.

This month is quite insanely busy, so no time to ramble on.  Here is an assortment of new things that are out recently...





Saturday, June 7, 2014

random stuff...

Here's a recent video interview I did covering my career, from the early Bioware days to my current projects. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdpzAa1d4NM&feature=share

And from my previous post, here is the 3-d model of the furry dragon s far in its development from the game team.  Looks pretty cool I think.  The fans seem happy.


 



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Zios the Cloudburster


Just unveiled today is my 5th dragon design for the video game "Dragon's Prophet", a fantasy game published by Sony that is popular in Europe.  The client had requested a furry/feathers dragon that the female characters might like to own.

Below is the final design I settled on.  Being a dragon that didn't have the usual "badass, aggressive" look, I decided to make an oil painting to add some narrative to the image of the dragon being wild and difficult to tame, even if somewhat cute.


As with my normal process, the final composition is transferred to the panel with charcoal rubbed on the back of the paper and traced over...


A burnt umber acrylic tracing over the lines makes sure the drawing is not lost...


I use acrylic washes to lay in the basic tones so that I can paint piece-by-piece and visualize each part in context of the whole...


Based on the colors I am using I decide on my oil palette...


Paint background to foreground...



The final painting...


Framed up nicely in a frame I had lying around. 16X20" oil on panel.




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Battlefield something...

My latest oil painting for Magic the Gathering has been previewed and written up today:

http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/rc/295

Battlefield Thaumaturge... I had to look that up and its actually a real word that comes from the Greek for "miracle worker".  See... Magic is educational AND fun.


Looks like the paining is also being used on their packaging.  This is pretty funny to me as the original art order asked for this dude to be shown from the top down and behind leading his army.  I thought looking at a hat and some robes would make a bad image, so I suggested a front view, which they agreed on.  I guess that was a good call as it allowed for this extended usage.
 I didn't capture the entire process for this one, but from my older blog posts you get the idea...

transfer the drawing...

outline the lines with acrylic paint...



Underpainting in acrylic....

Final oil painting..


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Torn Between Heads

Here's a Magic card that has been out for awhile and I didn't know. This card had only one solution... They wanted a guy from a first-person POV with a limb in the mouth of each Hydra head. If you do 2 legs, its a comedy-crotch-shot, and if you do 2 arms you cant see them in your vision if both are outstretched, so there is only one way to do this composition. Pretty limiting description, so just execute.