Super excited to finally share my Paladin character for Light Gray Art Lab's "Role Models" show. Obviously had a blast with this one, you can check out some of my early sketches from this summer here
I think the D&D alter egos were supposed to be in our likeness but I kind of made Mortimer the physical opposite of me. Big, slow, burly, bearded...hey, a guy can dream.
Make sure to check out the other entries, some truly breathtaking pieces (some straight up put me to shame...here's looking at you Adam Tan, Allison Strom, Christina Ellis, Gillian Grossman, Henry Christian-Slane, Stacey Lee, Ashley MacKenzie, Dan Matutina, Louise Bagnall, Rachel Suggs, Andrew Olson and so many more...)
I re-illustrated two of my first cards for Heroes' Tale. It's been almost half a year since I started working with Chris, and in that time I outgrew what are now some pretty embarrassing paintings.
There are many more cards I would have loved more time on, since I was essentially cranking them out in one day every week over the summer, but I just wanted to take another crack at the biggest offenders before they get mass-distributed with my name on them o__o
These were both pretty quick and fun :)
Big thanks to Andrew Theo for some clutch help on the Explorer. I've included some gifs for your enjoyment as well.
I can't believe I haven't done this before, but from now on I will share my favorite pieces at the release of every new Magic: the Gathering set. I tried to limit it to one per artist, though most artists on this list had multiple pieces worthy of note.
These are the artists and the quality of work I aspire to, and this list serves as a marker of how far I have to go. It is also a reminder of why I love what I do, and will never stop striving to get better.
Welcome to Theros:
10. Defend the Hearth by Raymond Swanland
9. Phalanx Leader & Ordeal of Nylea by Dave Palumbo
8. Triton Fortune Hunter by Clint Cearley
7. Abhorrent Overlord & Fleecemane Lion by Slawomir Maniak
6. Hopeful Eidolon by Min Yum
5. Voyaging Satyr & Elspeth by Tyler Jacobson
4. Prognotic Sphinx by Steve Prescott
3. Hythonia the Cruel & Nylea, God of the Hunt by Chris Rahn
Color & Light by James Gurney
that one Andrew Loomis book
all the books
I will update this if I think of any more...
Disclaimer: These are the tools that helped me and this is by no means an exhaustive list. There are hundreds of other free, online resources out there, many that I might never have heard of. In fact, if you find an awesome website, you should let me know :)