Monday, November 28, 2016

Another Hearthstone card and Star Wars demo...

Another new Hearthstone image for the "Mean Streets of Gadgetzan" expansion: "Bring in the Finishers"... some ninja Murlocs.

The above image is the final art, but initially we explored down a rabbit-hole the idea of a "Reservoir Murlocs" card.  It made sense that a group of 4 killers in a gang-themed expansion could reference the movie, but since they needed to be in suits to get the point across, it was too difficult to blend the Reservoir Dogs with the needed Asian faction designs of the new Gadgetzan set.  There were too many things going on that compromised the simplicity of meshing the movie reference into both murlocs and Gadgetzan style. It wouldn't be obvious that it was from the movie nor fulfill the card's function in the game design. Below is this concept fleshed out before it was abandoned for the straightforward ninjas above.

This past Saturday I did a live oil painting demo/auction for charity of a children's hospital.  Everyone loves Boba Fett, right?

12X16" oil on grey primed panel.

Friday, November 18, 2016

New Hearthstone art: Biker Boars!!!

Here are 3 new Hearthstone paintings for the upcoming "gangs" set.  Also some process shots...

 First, charcoal is rubbed onto the back of the drawing or print out...

The linework is traced down and made permanent by painting with umber acrylic paint.

An underpainting of acrylic washes approximates the final intended colors and allows for a single-layer approach where accuracy, unification and opacity can be achieved immediately.

Painting is commenced with the background done first for cleanliness.

Painting is done piece by piece, attempting a final render quality at once, while oil paint is wet, blend-able and consistent colors are used.

After all parts are painted, a second layer is added over the dry paint, adding  further refinements and details.