Sunday, July 20, 2014

Master of Predicaments


 Master of Predicaments
12" x16" , oil , Photoshop.
©Wizards of the Coast


Master of Predicaments was done for the new M15 core set for Magic the Gathering. The art description called for a cruel looking sphinx, who enjoys forcing those unfortunate to come across him to choose their doom behind the doors. Originally I was asked to paint three doors, but changes in the card design while I was painting the illustration made only two doors necessary.  I try to make the changes in oils when I can, but with schedule constraints, along with the fact that the changes were architectural (lots of straight, evenly spaced edges, along with a shiny floor that would also have to be repainted too), doing the changes digitally made a lot more sense. 


Master of Predicaments (preliminary drawing)
8.5" x 11", pencil on paper
©Wizards of the Coast

I liked the slender doors with the vertical orb windows in the sketch.  I was afraid, however, that they would get lost when the image is reduced to card size. Though its a creature card, the background doors had to be very clear for the illustration to work. 
 Master of Predicaments
12" x16" , oil on paper mounted to board
©Wizards of the Coast

Friday, May 23, 2014

Power Play

Marchesa Enthroned aka. Power Play
oil on board, 16" x 24"
©Wizards of the Coast

Here's the second painting of Marchesa, The Black Rose I created for Magic's new Conspiracy set.  I really enjoy painting these vertical full format cards. It's a nice change from the usual horizontal format, and being that the text box is covering the bottom half, it allowed me to indulge myself in painting all the the marble throne details without having to put anything too important in the area.

Preliminary drawing for Marchesa Enthroned
Red Brown pencil and white chalk on toned Canson paper, 14.75" x 22 image area
©Wizards of the Coast


Monday, May 19, 2014

Marchesa, The Black Rose


Marchesa, the Black Rose
Oil on paper mounted to board, 12" x 16"
©Wizards of the Coast

 Marchesa, The Black Rose, for the new Conspiracy set for Magic. Our femme fatale has just eliminated a mark through the use of a poisonous pin hidden in one of her rings. She also carries deadly needles in her hair. I enjoyed painting all the lush costume details and Italian renaissance/baroque feel that characterizes this set. 

I got to paint this character twice, the other piece being on the card Power Play, which was just spoiled last night, but I'll get into that one in an upcoming post. 

Preliminary drawing for Marchesa, The Black Rose
graphite and white chalk on toned paper, image area 9.5" x13"
©Wizards of the Coast

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sage of Hours on Ebay!


The original oil painting Sage of Hours is up for auction on Ebay. Click here to see the auction. Happy bidding!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Cyclops of Eternal Furies

Cyclops of Eternal Furies
Oil/Digital
©Wizards of the Coast
In Theros, certain inhabitants are living enchantments, creations of the gods. When we see these creatures, where shadows would normally be, we see through to the plane of Nyx, which is the home of the gods.  Unfortunately for me when I painted it early on in the set, I didn't quite understand the effect. As you can see below in the oil painting, I thought all shadows in each illustration would show the effect. Pressed for time, and not especially adept at painting star fields in oils, I chose to continue the painting in Photoshop. 
  

Cyclops of Eternal Fury (unfinished)
oils on paper mounted to mdf, 12" x 16"
©Wizards of the Coast



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sage of Hours

Sage of Hours
12" x 16" oil on paper mounted to board
©Wizards of the Coast
A new one for new "Journey to Nyx" set for Magic: The Gathering. The inspiration for this piece came from the working title in the art description, "Clock Architect".  I was asked to paint a human scholar standing proudly beside an antikythera mechanism, an ancient analog computer used to predict the positions and phases of planets, moons, stars. The man was to be within a "mystical structure of stone tablets and glowing air-writings " It was to have a "mysteries of time" mood. The word "architect", however, immediately implanted in my mind the idea that the mechanism was massive, with huge turning gears and chains, powered by waterwheels. Less mystical, more mechanical. Not sure that my interpretation would fly, I did two sketches. One with a more accurately sized antikythera mechanism and a more wizard like human and another other with my giant machine idea. I was pleased they went with the latter.

Clock Architect #1
pencil on paper, 8 1/2" x 11"

Clock Architect #2
pencil on paper, 8 1/2" x 11"



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Original Art for Tromokratis on Ebay!

The original oil painting for Tromokratis is up for auction on Ebay. Happy Bidding!!