Friday, June 29, 2012

Massive Art Update Part 9: L5R The Lesson of Earth

Welcome to the final installment of the Massive Update. As I said in my last post I saved the best for last. This is my piece The Lesson of Earth for the L5R expansion The Shadow's Embrace. This might seem familiar as I posted the studies for this piece when I first announced my massive update. This piece is by far one of my favorites that I had done for L5R. I really feel like I hit a stride with my painting on this one. The way I composed the piece, the gestures, and the little details like the cobble stone floor. It was definitely a breakthrough piece for me. And I was so excited that I had the opportunity to paint some Naga (snake people) in this piece. Unfortunately as you can tell by the finished card a lot of the parts I liked ended up getting cropped off. I have a feeling that this was do to the fact that when the whole piece shrunk down the important storytelling elements of the stone skin protecting the main figure got lost. And if it had to get cropped for the sake of story then so be it, the narrative must come first. But at least now I can show off the piece and what I love about it.

Sadly that will be the last major art update for a little while as everything else is still under NDA. But fear not in the next few days I will have some exciting news. About a new personal non art related project I am starting which will consist of a brand new blog. I hope your excited cause I know I am.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Massive Art Update Part 8: FFG Talisman

This illustration called Wolfsbane was my first card done for a different FFG product called Talisman. It was illustrated for their expansion The Blood Moon. 

This unlike my normal high fantasy work takes place in a Gothic horror setting which gave me a nice opportunity to play with the mood of the setting. All in all I was quite pleased with this piece and really excited to work on Talisman.

Since this first piece I had done some more work for Talisman which has been some of my best work as of late. I do really like working on this product as well as with the great AD's at FFG. 

The next post will be the last in the Massive Update series and will feature more card work. And do not worry I have been saving the best for last. Get ready to see my personal absolute favorite L5R card that I illustrated.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Massive Art Update Part 7: Magic #4

We are almost at the end of the Massive Update. Here we have the latest published issue of Magic the Gathering. These are pages from issue #4 where the story has culminated in an epic battle between our protagonist and the person he has been hunting. Because this is the big battle that has been culminating for a few issues there are a lot of really great magic spells that are used and thus leading to some of my favorite pages. I really had so much fun coloring some of my favorite magic card spells brought into the comic. Like you can see in page 16 the summoning of a Sturmgeist.

That is all for this update and the last comic update I will have. I hope you have been enjoying the large influx of posts. Next time we go back to the card art.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Massive Art Update Part 6: L5R The Scorpion Wall is Finished

This piece was done for Legend of the Five Rings set Embers of War. It is entitled The Scorpion Wall is Finished. This is one of my favorite pieces I had done for L5R. I especially love the level of detail I got in this one. I also really loved the idea of the contrasting sides of the wall playing with different types of environments. 

You can tell how much I like this as I now have it as a new banner at the top of my blog. This is of course unless you are reading this in the distant future and by this point I had changed it. If that is the case sorry for being a liar.

I hope you guys enjoy this piece as much as I did. Stay tuned for part 7 which will bring us back to some more comic work.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Massive Art Update Part 5: FFG Call of Cthulhu

Continuing with part 5 is an update that was a bit surprising. This is a card entitled Brother James Xavier done for the FFG card game for Call of Cthulhu. The set this card is for is the set Lost Rites which is scheduled for release July 2012. Seeing as the set isn't out yet I was not expecting this illustration to be a part of the massive update. However, quite serendipitously I got an e-mail from my AD letting me know the card was previewed on FFG's site. Thus here is the card ready and raring to go for the massive update.

As far as the art goes I think the part I enjoyed most about this one was the face. I had a great model in a friend of mine Jim and I think he really helped shape the character.

That is all for part 5 stay tuned for part 6 which will once again feature some more L5R card work.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Massive Art Update Part 4: Magic #3

On this update as promised is some more comic work. Specifically one of my favorite pages from Magic #3. I really had fun with the different light sources on this page. I especially liked the first panel where Dack is surrounded by vampires.

Next update expect to see some new card art. But this time not from L5R.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Massive Art Update Part 3: L5R Defensive Grill

This piece is entitled Defensive Grill and was done for the card game Legend of the Five Rings. This card was released in the expansion set called The Shadow's Embrace. Attached is my original illustration as well as how it appears printed on the card.

This is one of many of my cards that have been published in L5R recently. Grill was also one of my favorite cards I had done. I was especially proud at the level of detail I got on the rider that appears closest to us in the image. And I also have quite a fondness for my big fluffy clouds.

I hope you guys enjoy this installment of my Massive update. Expect another one soon which will feature even more comic work.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Massive Art Update Part 2: Magic #2

Update part 2 is some samples of the coloring work I did for Magic #2. Pages 5, 20, and 21. It has been a pleasure to work on this comic for IDW and especially to color the amazing art of Martin. 

And if you have not been reading this you really should the story is quite fun.

I hope you enjoyed part 2 and stay tuned for some new trading card art in part 3.

Massive Art Update Part 1: Shadowrun

Part 1 of my art update is a piece entitled Impeachment. This piece was done for the table top RPG Shadowrun. It can be seen in the book Conspiracy Theories. Politicians are not my normal forte but this was definitely a fun experience.  

That is it for part 1 stay tuned for more.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Updates, Studies and LOTS of New Art

After much neglect on my blog I am back and with some good news. In the past few months a lot of new work of mine has been released. This includes some work done for Shadowrun, Legend of the Five Rings, and of course lots of new Magic pages. I plan on spending the next week updating as much as I can and bringing you new artwork.

In the mean time I will leave you with some studies I did for an L5R card that is not yet published but is a piece I am quite proud of and can not wait to share.

I hope you enjoy.