[pix_dropcap]T[/pix_dropcap]ime for some new art! The rest of my Eldritch Moon cards have been previewed, so I can finally show the high-res versions.
I’ve noticed that my illustrations for Shadows over Innistrad and Eldritch Moon printed extremely dark and very contrasty. I’ve been doing illustrations for Magic: The Gathering for probably 10 years now but I don’t think I’ve ever had a problem with printing until now.
I noticed that most of the other cards in the set look very dark and contrasty too, so I’m not sure if this was a conscious decision or what. I haven’t changed any settings on my computer, so I’m not sure what is going on. I might need to start pumping up the levels before I submit my finals.
I had fun with these illustrations, probably because they are gross and scary, my favorite! I was still pushing myself to come up with better lighting. Luckily the gothic horror genre lends itself to dramatic lighting. I think my lighting changed even from the illustrations I did for Shadows over Innistrad.
Some of my students asked how long it takes before a Magic painting is released. Typically it takes 9-12 months before your painting is released. The first wave of art I did for Eldritch Moon was done in July/August of 2015 and the second wave was done in August/September.
Concept pushes take even longer, sometimes 2-3 years or more. The concept push for Eldritch Moon was back in 2014. The most recent concept push I did earlier this year probably won’t come out until 2019 or 2020.
I’m still planning on releasing a second art book, which will feature the illustrations and concepts I did for Shadows over Innistrad and Eldritch Moon. The earliest I can release the book is November due to contractual obligations regarding some of the content of my book. Hopefully I will be able to release it at the end of the year, but if not, then I should be able to next year.