I had the good luck to have been invited to give a presentation at Gnomon Live 2012 in Hollywood this past weekend. I'm really happy to have gone - to be part of the same lineup as such other amazing artists was a privilege.
Here's the piece I did to demonstrate different methods of creature rendering.
So it's been a fair while since I sculpted anything, and I was feeling the vacuum keenly for a while before I started this little fellow (ok, he's not that little, it's about 10 inches tall or thereabouts). I dub him... creepy zombie unicorn thing! Or.. I dunno... I'm not the best with names.
He is destined for a disgusting zombie paintjob and a mane/tail/fetlock/beard extravaganza with some doll hair I managed to get my greasy paws on. I do love doll hair. Hope you all enjoy! I will post more pics when I have them.
Moar WoW! I happened upon the opportunity recently to make the packaging art for the upcoming WoW TCG Raid Deck -- Battle of the Aspects. Word is, you can play as Deathwing or those other four dragons. It was a wraparound cover, as you can see, hence the slightly weird composition, but to sate your curiosity, I've gone and found a picture of how the packaging will end up looking when it's printed up all snazzy-like by professional printer types.
You might have noticed if you often read this blog... i have a bit of a weakness for dragons.
So I had another whack at the Jonathan Strange portrait I posted a while back. I was trying to get a sort of 19th century portraiture feel. The previous version, I felt was kind of too caricatured, and didn't feel as much like the character, looking back. Here, I'm trying to get disheveled-yet-brilliant...
Anyway, it's obviously not finished yet, but I'm getting closer! In the back the intention is to get a lot of those accoutrements common to Georgian-era portraits... like the busts of famous people and curtains and all that hanging in the back. I've been getting a lot of inspiration from the paintins of Ingres, who (though french) was contemporary with the period the book (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, by Suzanna Clarke of course) was set in.
As I did with my piece The Egg Thief a while back, I've made a progress video of my World of Warcraft Card Game illustration of The Headless Horseman
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Incidently, if you'd like to pick this up as a bunch of card sleeves, that's what was their intended use.
Let me know if you like these videos and I might be able to make more. The way I work has the happy byproduct of producing a chronology in the layers, so it's not impossible to recreate the steps I took to make them.
In keeping with the theme I've had going on lately, more World of Warcraft: TCG! This time it is the fabled Violet Proto-Drake, who I understand is quite the bugger to acquire in the game. He was painted to go on a playmat, hence the horizontal format not in keeping with the normal WoW cards.
I am also still doing non-wow artwork lately, I promise. Just not anything I can show. Patience though, because it should show up here eventually!
Sorry for the lack of posting, everybody! Though I've got a little bit more -- a card I did last year for the WoW card game. These are always super fun. I'm glad I've had the chance to work with these guys.