Monday, November 29, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Here's a book cover I just finished for Night Shade Books called The Cloud Roads. The story is about Moon, an orphan who finds he has the ability to transform himself into a flying creature. Moon finds more of his kind, and joins the fight against an strange power called the Fell.
Digital comps showing two different approaches to the cover. An action scene, and a portrait of the main character, Moon.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This is a new piece I’ve been working on between commissions. In The Lord of the Rings, Strider the one of the many names and pseudonyms that Aragorn goes by in his travels to conceal his true identity and the heir to the long empty throne of Gondor. This is how we first meet him though, rough looking with mud caked boots and a weather-stained cloak. Though it’s a fairly literal interpretation of the text, I felt it also illustrates who Aragorn is at this time in the story. Strider’s face is obscured in shadow, just like his true identity and lineage is hidden. Just as he is waiting for the hobbits, he is waiting for the time to be right to reveal himself and confront Sauron openly and claim his rightful throne.
Oil on board, 24” x 30”
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
This little painting is my contribution to the Hallowed Halloween show. I doesn't really mean anything, I just thought it would be fun to paint a goblin with a pumpkin on his head. The opening of the show is tomorrow night. My wife Gina, contributed a piece as well (and totally kicked my ass on it, but she's the Halloween Queen, so what can you do? ). You can see it on her blog. It's small 5"x7" , and done on primed clayboard.
Here's the info for the show:
Opening reception October 1st, 2010
October 1-October 31
2434 East Dauphin Street
Philadelphia PA 19125
If you'd like to see more stuff about it, check out here and here.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The last but not least of the Scars of Mirrodin cards illustrated by me. The legs of the running elf are bionic additions which enable her to run with blazing speed. I tried to get that across with the speed blur in the background. Oils on paper on board, 11" x 14".
Speaking of Scars of Mirrodin, I'll be at the Montreal Prerelease this Saturday. If you're in the area, stop by and get some cards signed, see some original magic art, or just say hello. You can get more info about the event here.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Another piece for the upcoming Scars of Mirrodin set- depicting a goblin dragging a metal boulder up a hill, so that he can drop it on some unfortunate being below. Trying to figure out how to pose the goblin was difficult. Should he be pushing the boulder from behind, or carrying it on his back? How would it work if he were pulling it? I remembered a painting by Ilya Repin, Barge Haulers on the Volga, which showed peasants in a somewhat similar predicament, in as far as ungodly back breaking labor is concerned, which gave me my answer. So I have to give credit where credit is due.
oil on paper on board, 12" x 16".
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
When I was there I also pleasantly surprised to find out that I won two Chesley awards, one for Best Hardcover Book, and one for Best Product Illustration. It’s a tremendous honor to have won, and a huge Congrats to all the winners and nominees!
You can see my winning pieces here and here, and a list of all the winners here.
P.S. Thanks to Llereni for sending me a scan of a something I sketched for her at the show
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Three pieces of mine have been nominated for ASFA's Chesley Awards! Valley of Shadows has been nominated in the Hardback Books category, Serendib Efreet in the Gaming category, and The Battle Under the Mountain in the Product Illustration category.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The show runs from June 4th to June 16th. Check out the Sketch Club's website for more info.
UPDATE: The show will be put back up Monday, June 21, and run through July 16th.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I blogged earlier about the good cause that the auction is for, and the story behind my own submission here.
Update- A great big thanks and congratulations to the person who bought my painting.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
RK Post did the first dragon, on the top right. Below his is really cool drawing by Matt Cavotta. Jeff Easley's (who I've been a huge fan of since I was about twelve years old) is on the top left, and mine is below his. I was asked to draw whatever I wanted, but with three dragons already up there, I felt that only another dragon would hold up next to the other drawings. Plus, I pretty much never get to do dragons.
When I got home on Monday, I was pleasantly surprised to find my Spectrum 17 confirmation letter waiting for me. I'm pleased to say that I've gotten two pieces into this year's issue- The Battle under the Mountain and Kor Firewalker. It's a big deal for me to get one piece in, so I'm extremely excited to get two in.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
This was for fun. Although I usually work in oils, I've been trying to teach myself digital painting lately. I use photoshop for color studies right now, but I haven't reached the point where I could do a finished piece entirely digitally. Its a Blue Slaad, a classic Dungeons and Dragons monster that I took from my sketchbook. I don't know how successful an illustration of a vicious beast it could be when my wife Gina says it looks cute.
Friday, February 19, 2010
After much procrastination, I’m finally getting off my duff and starting my blog. It’s mainly a way for me to show everybody what I’m up to.
Here’s a painting I just finished called Daughter of Aries, for an art show and fundraiser called Beautiful Grim. The show benefits Kat, the girlfriend of a fellow artist, Daarken, who at 25 was diagnosed with breast cancer. The auction of painting and prints will help them with the resulting medical bills along with aiding some cancer research charities. The artists taking part were asked to intepret the theme “Beautiful Grim” in whichever way they chose.
I chose to depict the myth of the Amazons, the female warriors from Homer’s Iliad. The title Daughter of Aries refers to the Amazons’ association with the Greek God Aries. This painting was an opportunity for me to blend fantasy, myth and history. I was itching to paint something related to Amazons after watching a PBS documentary called Secrets of the Dead: Amazon Warrior Women. It was about the discovery of the 2,300 year-old skeletal remains of a warrior priestess in a tomb on the Russian steppes. The locations of tombs roughly correlate to where Herodotus placed the legendary warriors, on the borders of ancient Scythia. These women could have been the inspiration of Homer’s Amazons. The make of objects found in the tomb, including decorative patterns, is similar to those found in Central Asian and Mongolian design. The archaeologists–and this was the really cool part of the show–were even able to match the DNA of the remains in the tomb to a young curiously blond-haired girl living in present day Mongolia.
The painting is also informed by the more mythological aspects of the Amazons. The Archer’s left breast is exposed and she wears a tunic with a zig zag pattern. This alludes to depictions of Amazons on Greek pottery. Her right breast is covered, and might have been removed, refering to the legend that Amazons cut or burned off their right breast so that they could shoot their bows and throw their spears better. The quiver and the mirror hanging from her belt are Scythian.
Along with allowing me to indulge in my love for history and myth, the Amazon encompasses the theme of “beautiful grim.” She is grim in that she is a fierce, yet scarred warrior, and she is beautiful and courageous.