Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Nesting Dragons

Another private commission finished last month. It's to be given as a gift for someone who loves the sea.

The Inheritance

A new LOTR's piece from March.  Actually had good reference for a change, especially on the table

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sepoy Rebellion

This painting done for a collector who wanted a fantasy slant on a historical subject. 
24'' x 18'' oils on masonite.

MTG Prize Pieces

"Mox Emerald" First prize -- ©2015 Wizards Of The Coast

"Tundra" Second prize -- ©2015 Wizards Of The Coast

Drawing a day

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!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Guardian Angel

This painting is for a collector that has two sons in the military. He's been commissioning artists to paint versions of angels but he wanted his sons represented by their birth stones.

Home to Rivendell

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!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Swamp Shaman

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.

Mox Pearl

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.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

We Are Lost

Personal piece
Graphite, color pencil, and gold leaf

And another sketch from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Commission from 2014 
Oils on masonite.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Upon Celebdil

Tis was a private commission just finished in April.
Nothing strikingly new here, but I had fun with the fire ,smoke and steam.

I was going to make the atmosphere stormy and gray.but I just came off of a very large piece that had those grayed subtle colors so I was really ready for something different.

I could see the scene both ways but I really needed a change.