Friday, May 25, 2012

At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic

 Beauty and the Beast by Thomas Blackshear II
©Thomas Blackshear II

It's a tremendous honor to announce that a painting of mine, The Battle Under the Mountain, will be included in the At the Edge:Art of the Fantastic show at the Allentown Art Museum. The show will be the most comprehensive exhibition of fantasy art ever. Not only will it include present day masterpieces, but work from throughout the 20th and 19th centuries. And in a museum setting, it's great to see that art from this genre is finally getting some of the respect it deserves. A good deal of the credit for this new found respect has to go to the curators of the show, Pat and Jeannie Wilshire.  Can't wait to see the show!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Saints of the Apocalypse

 Saints of the Apocalypse
oil on panel, 25" x 40" ©SDN Creations

Rounding out the raft of work that came out from under NDA in the past few weeks is this piece I painted last summer. It's called Saints of the Apocalypse, and it's for any upcoming RPG. Thanks to Rian for letting me show it a little early. The zombie looking humanoids are actually demons who are shedding their human forms as the attack the band of good guys in the middle. It's still referred to by my wife and I as "the zombie piece" though. 

I enjoyed working on it because it let me try something not in my high fantasy/Magic: The Gathering comfort zone. Maybe I'll try something Sci-Fi at some point too :) 

And some detail shots...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mana Crypt

I had a request to post this one. It's alternate art for a classic Magic:the Gathering card. It was used for a special promo card. I didn't know it was released until a few months after it was published, which was some time last year. Anyway, here ya go.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Spell Thief #3

 The Spell Thief #3, oil on board, 16" x 24"
© 2012 Idea and Design Works, LLC. Magic: The Gathering TM & © 2012 Wizards of the Coast LLC.

I just finished this not too long ago, and I'm able to show now. It's for The Spell Thief #3 for the Magic:The Gathering comic, featuring the planeswalkers Sorin Markov and Dack Fayden. The issue will be available in July.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Eric Wilkerson's Mech Racer

 Mech Racer, by Eric Wilkerson, 
oil on paper mounted to MDF, 13" x 19"©Eric Wilkerson

 A little while back, my friend and extremely talented artist Eric Wilkerson helped me out on a card illustration called Echo Mage. This lead to an agreement that we trade paintings-He would get Echo Mage, and I would get a portrait he would paint of me. Above is the fantastic result. You can read more about Eric and this piece here on his blog . The painting itself will be on display at Eric's booth the upcoming Spectrum Live show.

Echo Mage, Oil on paper mounted to MDF, 10 3/4" x 16 1/4", ©Wizards of the Coast