Nephalia Smuggler, oil on paper mounted to MDF, 12" x 16"
Another piece for Avacyn Restored has been released. The art request for this one, Nephalia Smuggler was to paint " a sneaky-looking human criminal who specializes in smuggling people out of the country". A "mocking, creepy grin" and a "dagger and a nice, coin-purse hanging from his belt" were also suggested. The bit about the dagger and the coin purse made me think of him as somone like a Baron Harkonnen, Don Corleone, or Jabba the Hutt. Hence the heftiness of his physical stature. He doesn't get his hands dirty, at least most of the time. I'm kept thinking of him rebutting "I'm a businessman" as I painted him. He puts forward the image, but the roughness still shows through.