Wednesday, August 26, 2015

They keep dying

As a weird coincidence I found another bird on Sunday...  So the first part of the week I did another bird  study.

Waxwing 12X9" oil on linen

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dead bird study

Arriving home a few days ago from summer vacation I found this guy on the patio and decided to do a little study. I have a few bins of collected still-life objects so I can quickly set up and bang out one of these in a day.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More new Hearthstone and Star Wars art

New art released for Hearthstone's Tournament expansion.  Below is "The Skeleton Knight", 12X16" oil on cradled panel NFS.

And "Polymorph Boar", Digital.

"Luke Skywalker" card for X-wing national tournament alternate art, Gencon exclusive.   16X20" oil on panel, NFS

The final card uses a version where I digitally painted his visor to be transparent at request of the client, but I left the original as above.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Boba Fett and a warm up

Recently released is a new painting I did last year for a Star Wars card game.  Basically the job was just to paint a cool looking Boba Fett.  I call it "The Taking of Solo", 16X20" oil on panel.

This year, I have done more digital work so was wanting to do a practice piece in oils before attempting to do professional assignments.  I felt like I needed a warm-up.

The steps are the same as my usual process.  I didn't do any underpainting as I wanted to keep the white of the panel, so I painted this one a bit thicker and blocky. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Couple more Hearthstone characters...

Atramedes, some sort of important blind dragon...

An even angrier chicken...

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Enduring Victory

Just recently revealed last week is the full set of images for the new Magic: The Gathering set: "Dragons of Tarkir".

My contribution was for a white card called "Enduring Victory".

The difficult aspect of this image was showing the dragon and hero in their respective scales to each other, while having each obvious enough to be seen at the tiny card-game image size.  I initially explored some thumbnail roughs to try and describe the action in a number of ways:

After settling on what I thought were the 3 best directions, I added some basic tonal values to them and tried to visualize what worked best at card size:

I chose this direction as it felt the most direct.  The "victory" aspect is the most obvious as well, with the battle being pretty much decided at this point, with a clear winner.  I also liked how the spikes on the dragon's head acted as nice pointing devices circling around the hero.

The final painting is 16X20", oils on panel.  Original currently not for sale.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Coren Direbrew

This past weekend, Blizzard announced the new Hearthstone expansion: Blackrock Mountain! The first boss that you'll be able to battle will be Coren Direbrew. Can't wait to hear the voice they gave him in the game.