Fiery Impulse - MtG Origins
It has been a long time since my last post. We just recently moved and with my work schedule and helping raise mini Daarken, things have been pretty busy.
Origins was a special set for me. I was lucky enough to be on the concept push for Origins, so I helped design the look and feel of the set.
If you have seen the other cards that have been previewed, you will know that architecture, vehicles, and elaborately designs props and weapons play a huge part in this set. Those are also all things that I […]
Fiery Impulse - MtG Origins
Last month I came out with a new video tutorial about the process I go through when designing characters for a client. I haven't done very many character design tutorials and I've been playing Bloodborne a lot lately, so I wanted to create something that was inspired by Bloodborne.
You can purchase it from Gumroad. Here is a little info about the tutorial.
Price - $7.99 buy, $2.99 rent
Length - 199 min.
Format - MP4 2560×1600
Bonus Material – Brushes (link) and JPG of final painting
Language – English, full commentary (English subtitles)
Software – Photoshop CC 2014
Forbidden Stars © Games Workshop
Two years ago I started a painting for the game Forbidden Stars by Fantasy Flight Games. Of course at the time I had no idea it would take two years before it was announced. I had actually given up on this, thinking that the project probably died and my painting would never be seen by the public.
Similar to my other Warhammer paintings for Fantasy Flight Games, this one has part of the background that is cut out to allow the box design to show through. Doing this looks weird when there is no context, […]
DokiWear CG Art Glove - Black
I just received some new DokiWear gloves and they are pretty nice. You might notice that they look different from the original pair I reviewed. I liked the grey ones before, but I think I like the black ones more.
They also changed the way they fit. The original pair I had was just a sample, and in my review I had mentioned that they were a little loose and I couldn't see how they would work well as a compression glove. The new pair I received, also a medium, fits much better.
This is the light box I wish I had back in school. The light box I used back at the Academy of Art University was small and about as thick as a brick. The Litup LP3 is extremely thin and has an active area of 16.93x12.2. Plus you have to admit, it looks pretty slick.
As always, you can watch the video review instead of reading the wall of text.
The LP3 light box is just that, it is a light box that is used for tracing drawings. I'm sure photographers and graphic designers have other uses for it, […]
Kolaghan's Command - Dragons of Tarkir © Wizards of the Coast
At PAX East, Wizards of the Coast previewed some of my paintings from Dragons of Tarkir, although I think the entire set has been released online by now.
I only have three cards in Dragons of Tarkir. I actually had to opt out of the second wave of commissions because the deadline was going to be a little too close to the birth of our son. This was the first time I declined Magic work, so I was a little afraid that they might forget about me and not […]
Working with Layers - For Beginners
After speaking with some of my students, I have come up with some new tutorials and additions to the online mentorship.
I've been doing video tutorials for many years now, but lately I haven't been able to produce very many tutorials due to my schedule. Creating a tutorial of an entire illustration takes weeks, sometimes months to produce. Plus I usually don't have the extra time to create personal paintings.
I have decided to start creating some shorter tutorials that are geared more toward beginners. Watching professionals create an entire illustration is […]
Vancouver Convention Center
Over the weekend we attended GP Vancouver. This was my first Canadian GP and only the second time I've been to Canada (I think). The first time was for my sister's wedding in Winnipeg. I hate flying and my wife doesn't like boats, so luckily we were able to drive to Vancouver.
You know you are in Canada when it is 34 degrees outside and people are wearing shorts and t-shirts. I remember one time during GP Albuquerque it was snowing outside and Rob Alexander was walking around in a t-shirt. Crazy!
We were only in Vancouver […]
Day 1 at WotC
I just got back from another 3-week concept push at WotC. Of course I can't tell you what we worked on and unfortunately you probably won't see any of it for another couple of years. Boooooo, I know.
The concept crew this time consisted of Tyler Jacobson, Cynthia Sheppard, Chris Rahn, and Steve Belledin, with additional help from Sam Burley.
I have to say, out of the 5 concept pushes I have been on over the years, this one was probably the hardest. I felt like I was spinning my wheels and I don't feel like I […]
Hey everyone! It's that time of year to talk about my mentorship again. After teaching 5 classes, some changes have been made. Pricing As you can see by the table, the prices have changed. If you sell products, even digital ones, most states require that you charge sales tax. That sales tax is then given to the state. In Washington, I am required to charge 9.6% sales tax on products I sell. I then have to give that 9.6% to the state, I don't get to keep it. If I don't charge people sales tax, I have to pay the […]