I haven't posted for a while. it seems everything's under NDA. It's been so long that I haven't used the attachment manager before, hope it works.A big batch of my Magic cards have been published so I thought I would share them with you people. All the wizard cards are acrylic with no digital. I think there are still half a dozen still to be released I'll update as and when.
All images copyright Wizards of the Coast 2007.
A cover to a Fantasy Flight Board Game Drakkon. Yeah it's about dragons. Sorry to all the Dragon haters out there.
A games workshop image.
The Kali image is for the German edition of F.Paul Wilson's The Tomb. Had gone through loads of rough versions all rejected for various reasons. I had this image in my head and hacked it out in acrylic in four hours. It wasn't really meant for publication but sometimes it works that way.
A couple of the rejected roughs
The Ghoul for Brian Keene. A first try out with fast drying oils. Lot to learn yet.
I think I just crap myself.
Very nicely done on all of them.
Awesome work, I love MtG. I must say, you have alot of skill with acrylics, you can do a few things with acrylics I've only seen done in oils. Nice work all around, thanks for sharing these with us!
I also think the 3rd one is my favorite. The colors are really interesting.
Hey, Dave! Very nice crop of work there, especially the Magic images. The Kali final has your creepy signature all over it! Groovy stuff.
Great work! Especially like the dragon and the creature with purple lightnigns at his legs...
looks great man!
what a beautiful palette. My favorites are the 3rd one and the 5th.
Love them!!!1 the WotC stuff reminds me of Jeff Easley, which hooked me back in the day, no worries theyre yours alright, but some tidbits have me reminded of his work.
Very cool, some traditional stuff. It looks great.
As everyone else that has replied thus far, the third is my favourite the dragon is very cool too, and the rest...
Dave your work emits a certain darkness that no one else can.
If I didnít know you I would think this work was done by dark and scary individual with demons in his ear whispering secrets that most of us artists would love to learn. But youíre nice and a very affable fella
Itís fantastic work mate. It just gets better every time I love the dragon coming through the doors.
See you in May, I have just booked my room
Great stuff. I'm excited to see more traditional media on here (if Acrylic is considered traditional). I love the chunky quality to your brushstrokes on these pieces. Some are a little flat value-wise, but I think the "Calciderm", "Drakon", and "Chaos3" images are all particularly successful. Great, great post.
Wow, I really like your style. Sweet images!
What what WHAT!?
Did anyone ever told you that you are insane, or something
similar at least? Hahah.
I mean these pictures are just breathtaking, and done with
acrylics, you say? Ok, I ain't gonna draw ever again!
Just kidding, these surely inspire me and give me good
Can't give any critique, since I notice nothing to critique about,
love your style and usage of colors, the overall context of the
pieces and the ideas behind them, what they depict and such.
Keep posting in future! Hope I remember to come see this
thread often, else I forget it...as hard as it can be after seeing
these are nothing short of great and believe me, they look just as good on the cards.
My favorite has to be the dragon though, quite simply because I can't recall ever seeing something like it.
How did the dragon fit its head through the door?
Good stuff, though!
Lone Wolf-Thanks a lot. I tend to let instinct take over when choosing colour. But a lot of the decisions are made during the digital rough stage which in turn influences the final
Scorned1- Hope you have a change of clothes. Cheers
Deverion- I'm beginning to work with oils. the only problem I had was that they didn't dry fast enough. I'm finding deadlines are getting tighter and tighter for illustrations. But I plan to explore oils for my private pieces.
Bomba- Thanks Bomba. I do find real world painting a very relaxing meditative practice and a throw the brushes and pallette at the wall at the same time. I really enjoy your horrific personal work by the way.
Dusty- Thanks. Glad you liked it. I really enjoyed doing that illustration.
Matt Dixon- Hi Matt. Thanks a lot man. Big admirer of your stuff too. Your digital technique really intrigues me. The closest to paint I've seen.
Pascallo- Cheers. Those energy bolts etc are part of the card mechanic. It symbolizes the creature winking out of existence or similair.
Distant Skies- Thanks. The texture seems to come naturally with the acrylics drying quickly and the speed I have to get these finished.
Living Rope- Thanks very much. I'm really looking foirward to your merlin book that you're producing with Aleksi. can't wait.
nicolas- Thanks Nicolas.I checked out his work. Cool stuff I'd never heard of him before. I suppose if you're doing art for cards they have to be quite punchy and bright. Plus magic cards are colour based. Unfortunately I don't get enough black.
yoitisi- Thanks a lot. Seems the running creature's winning this one.
leecarter- Hiya matey. how are you doing. I'm really looking forward to bristol. I always do. Is Michelle joining you. If she is I promise not to smoke all her cigarettes. I find angels whispering in my ear ends up with feathers all over the place.
duddlebug- Thanks man. I enjoy your tuts in imagine fx.
Goran- Yeah the dragon illustration was for a kids game so I kept it kind of brightly coloured with a slightly exaggerated, cartoony evil expression.
bdfoster- Acrylic I suppose is traditional now. But I use it for speed more than finish. I do enjoy the look it can give. I'll keep an eye on those values.
Chermilla- Thanks for looking.
Call0ps- I appreciate it. I'll post more as I'm able. Got some pretty big comic jobs coming up that I hope to get done by the end of the year. I hope to be working in ink and wash for them.
Malavon Despana- I saw your post and thought you'd written me a poem. thanks for writing in so much detail. I get really inspired and frustrated on this site all the time. I'll keep posting. Keep up the work. try out as many techniques as possible, I find trad work helps digital and vice versa.
dkounios- Thanks man.
possessed- I haven't seen these on the cards yet, believe it or not. I've never played magic. Not enough hours in the day. Glad you like them.
Zwalharulzuki- The art directors wanted the dragons head bigger and bigger. I'd actually designed it at first so everything was workable.
Here's a few more bits and pieces.
A couple of cards for AEG's Legends of the five rings.
And the first page for a french graphic novel for completion in September. Only 41 still to go.
some cool stuff man. your textures are pretty unique. And that graphic novel looks like an insane amount of work. would like to see it printed in english (hopefully). Keep pluggin away...