I had a bit of time earlier in the summer so I started doing one drawing a day with little or no preparation. Some are sketchy while others more finished all were done in a variety of different papers, toned or white. I guess it was more of an excuse to try different papers and find the ones I liked.
The toned drawings were done on Stonehenge, but I found them too soft for my liking. I guess I still prefer Smooth Bristol for most things!
My fourth commission for this collector. He wanted a LOTR scene with an owl in it , since there are none I made up a scene of elves returning home. I was going to do this scene years ago but not being able to find the proper reference for the horses I decided against it. After his request I thought I'd give it a try without proper reference. So in the end the horse I was most afraid of faking turned out the best!
This is a 2015 promo commission for IlluXCon. Pat and Jeannie Willshire left the subject matter up to me, and although I'm a bit weary of dragons , I thought this take would be some how different...or not!
I enjoyed painting the blind and grizzled shaman as he orders his pets about.
This one was large [ for me ] at 30 x 40 inches. It will be displayed at IlluXCon in October.
This painting was made for Wizards of the Coast To be given as a prize in an MTG tournament.
The description read, "Show a white pearl floating above a white blocky pedestal in a white temple with a view of white sands outside an open window" Hmmmmm1
I was really at a loss as to how far I could take that description especially not knowing anything about the " Mox" series.
In my first sketch I way over compensated and all compositional sense went right out that open window!
I made the pedestal way too important and the pearl not important enough. I showed the rough to some fellow MTG artists and they got me back on track so many thanks to those guys for pulling me back to reality.
I made the pearl larger and centered it while diminishing that blocky pedestal. This is the final.