magic and volcanoes

I must apologize because I’ve been neglecting my art updates lately. Now that I upload my newest images to my Facebook page, I tend to forget to put them on here as well.

A few of my new Magic cards just came out recently. In M12 I have Call to the Grave and a reprint of Harbor Serpent. I also have Crescendo of War in the new Commander decks. I love painting hands, but I must say, it was a pain painting all of those hands. After awhile it was hard coming up with different poses since they are all reaching out for the guy and essentially performing the same action.

Another illustration that I just finished not too long ago is something that I am very excited about. The new illustration is for a CD cover entitled “Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children.” As soon as I heard what the album was going to be called, I knew this was going to be my kind of assignment.  If you don’t know about the artist Voltaire, you should. He is a musician, animator, comic artist, toy creator, and just an all around modern day renaissance man. I believe the release date is in September, so be sure to check it out!

Also a bunch of my WoW cards came out. I have a tough time keeping up with which ones came out and in which set. There isn’t much press when a set is released, and there isn’t a very good “gatherer” type system in place that you can search for your cards. There is the WoWTCGdb, but it is pretty incomplete and they don’t always list who the artist is. Plus I never know when I am going to get my proofs either, so I usually have to wait to get them in the mail before I can figure out which set they are from. I should have some cards in Twilight of the Dragons, which is set to release on July 26th.

This card gave me a bit of trouble. I was told to paint two fire elementals, easy right? I was a big WoW player, so I knew exactly what fire elementals looked like. I did my sketch and then went a little overboard and took the card to almost finish before submitting it for approval. I then heard back that I had to start over because they were changing the model of the fire elemental in Cataclysm. Doh!

Update – I just found this card on a Russian database site. I never knew it came out and I never got proofs of it. I actually painted this back in 2009, haha. I always wondered what happened to that card…



7 Replies to “magic and volcanoes”
  1. Hey Daarken,

    great cards as always. back in the days as i was collection such cards i loved the more detailed ones, and your style is just perfect for cards :).

    the call to the grave and female worgen cards are really great.

    you just nailed the lightning.

    oh, and you’re working on kingdoms of amalur?
    make some great concepts, it’s one of the games im looking forward to :). i have no doubt you’ll do.

  2. dear daarken,
    regarding “Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children,” it took me literally forever to find the original artist. the first time i saw this “image” it was titled “averageponyfan.jpg” i after that i basically built my rock n roll persona around it for the longest time until i was told to check out voltaire. i finally traced it back to you, and i was wondering if i could keep using the “guy” as my profile pictures on my accounts across the internets. i would compleatly understand, at an artist point of view, if you would not like me to do this and i will change every single profile pic to something else. but if so i will give credit where credit is due.

    sincerely, the true voice of rock.

    p.s. email me back for a chat about it…

    • Thanks for the message. Actually, Voltaire owns all of the rights to the image and that is actually Voltaire in the illustration. You will need to ask his permission since he owns the copyright. I doubt it will be a problem though. Thanks!

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