Below are process photos showing the creation of the acrylic painting I made for “Krark’s Other Thumb” from Magic: the Gathering’s Unstable set. This painting was so simple it was created in one working day (about 8- 10 hours).
Occasionally the art an illustrator creates for a project doesn’t look the same as the art that gets printed on the final product. Such is the case with my Blurry Beeble painting for Magic: the Gathering’s Unstable set.
In this instance, the art description called for the background to be blurred. However, I didn’t want to spend the immense amount of time it would have taken to paint a blurred background by hand. So I knew I would be blurring the background of the painting in post-production using Photoshop. But I also created my painting with a greenish background. This wasn’t quite on point with the world this Beeble was supposed to live in, so I had to correct the background color to make it more blue and white. Again, this was achieved in post-production using Photoshop.
So while all of my fantasy art is still traditionally made, this is a great case for the fact that even traditional artists need to have good digital art skills in today’s marketplace because at the very least you will have to make digital tweaks to your painting.
If you’d like to see the original painting in person, it is currently being auctioned off on eBay
Most gaming playmats have artwork that is horizontal, or landscape orientation. I have seen a few playmats that have vertical artwork or portrait orientation and am wondering what your option is of the vertical format. Would you buy a playmat with vertical artwork on it?
See some examples below of vertical and horizontal layouts with my artwork.
Although your opinions of my art are very welcome, I’m mostly looking for opinions on whether you would purchase a vertical playmat or if you would prefer to stick with the normal horizontal playmats.
I am happy to announce that I am now a contributor to the prestigious Muddy Colors blog run by fellow illustrator, Dan Dos Santos. I will be contributing a video Art Tip of the Month on an ongoing basis each month.
We artists are a distracted bunch. It’s easy for us to forget to clean our brushes, sometimes leaving paint sit for days at a time until the paint has become so hard that we’ve destroyed the brush. But Is that brush truly ruined? In this video I’ll show you how to restore your brush to useable condition.