Sunday, February 16, 2014

Original Art for Tromokratis on Ebay!

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

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tromokratis

 Tromokratis
oil on paper mounted to board, 12" x 16"
©Wizards of the Coast

Tromokratis is my contribution for the upcoming Born of the Gods expansion set for Magic: The Gathering.  It's a Theros version of the mythological Kraken, an immense monster that lurks in the depths of the ocean only to emerge and squash cities. Though there are other Kraken (Krakens?) in the set, this one is supposed to be a singular and legendary character. There was a longer design process on this one than what is normal for me. I guess that's par for the course when doing "important" cards. 


My initial sketch. The creative team at Wizards thought it was a bit too much like the other Kraken already depicted in the set.  Tromokratis had to be different. Before proceeding to the second version, they asked if I could submit some quick concepts. Just a couple different designs that they could choose from. So went to my sketchbook and played around with some ideas. 


                                      

The first sketch was kind of a cross between a lobster and a scorpion. Adding in other influences such as snapping turtles, goblin sharks, and squids varied the design a bit more, giving it what I felt was a look all its own.  

                                     


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Around this time last year, I was approached by The Easton Press to illustrate an edition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles. I jumped at the chance. I had always wanted to illustrate a novel with book plate interiors since my days in art school. It was also an opportunity to try something outside of my high-fantasy comfort zone. To be chosen to take on such a literary classic with one of the most famous characters in literature was a tremendous honor for me.


The book is available in deluxe limited edition of 1200 copies, each one signed by yours truly. The edition feature 10 full color book plates, as well as chapter head vignette drawings. It's available here at The Easton Press website. Below is a little sampling of my work featured in this edition.

The Hound of the Baskervilles
oil on board, 16" x 24"

"Fire burst from its open mouth, its eyes glowed with a smoldering glare, its muzzle and hackles and dewlap were outlined with a flickering flame. Never in the delirious dream of a disordered brain could anything more savage, more appalling, more hellish, be conceived than that dark form and savage face."  


The Curse of the Baskervilles
oils on paper mounted to board, 12" x 18" 

"I assure you there is a reign of terror in the district, and that is a hardy man who will cross the moor at night"


The Man on the Tor
oils on paper mounted to board, 12" x 18" 

"He might have been the very spirit of that terrible place."

Sherlock Holmes-A Concentrated Atmosphere
oil on board, 16" x 24"

"It is a singular thing, but I find a concentrated atmosphere helps concentration of thought."

Friday, October 11, 2013

Waste Not

Waste Not
oil on paper mounted to board, 12" x 16" 
©Wizards of the Coast

Over at Daily MTG, the final image for Waste Not has been revealed. Back in July I was asked to create an image for a magic card where that was created by the fans.
Below are the sketches of the three options, without the digital color I added to them for the voting.

 Waste Not A
pencil on paper, 8.5 x 11"

 Waste Not B
pencil on paper, 8.5 x 11"


 Waste Not C
pencil on paper, 8.5 x 11"


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Insatiable Harpy

Insatiable Harpy
oil on paper mounted to board, 12" x 16"
©Wizards of the Coast
Last but not least, Insatiable Harpy rounds out my contribution to the Theros expansion set. I love the flavor text for this one.

Gold coin, battered helmet, broken wrist bone-all have the same value in the eyes of a harpy.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Agent of the Fates

 Agent of the Fates
oil on paper mounted on board, 12" x 16"
©Wizards of the Coast

Another piece for Theros. Probably my personal favorite of the pieces I did for this set. After seeing some great Egyptian ceremonial knives in the Louvre on our trip to Paris last year, the daggers in the sketch looked a bit medieval, so I repainted them when I got back.

 The submitted sketch


Monday, September 9, 2013

Fanatic of Mogis


Fanatic of Mogis
oil on paper mounted to board, 12"x 16"
©Wizards of the Coast

Here's another one from Theros. A minotaur acolyte of the deity Mogis. I tried to render some really matted and greasy looking fur. 

 The sketch, done in red pencil

Also, click here to read me blather on in an interview for MassiveFantastic.com.  It's a cool website that celebrates Fantastic art. Thanks to Eric Super Villan for the pub!