Growing up the Alien and Predator comics were one of the few comic books I actively followed. I read every series and still to this day own about 40 or so of those comics. I even got the cover artist of the very first Predator comic to sign my copy at a Comic Con one year. The Predator comics played a key role in inspiring me to do art for a living. So when Dark Horse approached me to do the next covers for their Predator series, my childhood life flashed before my eyes and I couldn't believe the good fortune I had for the opportunity. I also have to thank EM Gist for recommending me to the AD's at Dark Horse. He knew what a big fan I was of the IP and helped to get my name in front of the right people.
The first cover is pictured above and the second below.
I'm very excited to announce that I'll be attending the GP Vienna 2014. I'll be signing cards, selling prints, AP's, custom mats, and other special collector items. If you plan to attend the event, please stop by, get some cards signed and say hello.
Just a reminder to anyone attending the event...I'll be in Mexico City next week for the Magic Grand Prix Mexico City 2014. I will be on hand to sign, sketch, or alter cards of mine you might have. I will also have with me a variety of collectibles, including: Artist Proofs, Oil painted Token AP's(pictured below), Prints, and Custom Playmats. Please stop by and say hi!
If you were at IlluXCon in Sept of last year, then you've seen this already. I had the original on display at the show.
One of my first illustrative drawings when I first started attending art school was the iconic scene of The Battle of Five Armies from the book The Hobbit. It was a decent effort, but an ambitious image to tackle, especially for a new art student. I had always wanted to illustrate the scene again at some point. So, when Ares Games emailed asking me to illustrate their The Battle of Five Armies board game cover, I jumped to the opportunity.
There were a couple of artists Matt Stewart and Justin Gerard who've illustrated this scene before and they just nailed it! As much as I wanted to do my interpretation, I just didn't know how I was going to go about not looking like a hack next to these amazing works. The director and I agreed that picking another moment in the battle might be best. There were a few key things that happen in the battle that would make for a cool image.
We finally decided on the scene where Thorin enters the battle and is surrounded. Seeing this as a golden opportunity, I wanted to go as epic as I dared with the image. I came up with a composition that I thought would make a great image. It encompassed a pretty large scene with 20 or so characters in it. The director only needed a certain amount of the image for the box art, but I had a second agenda. I made sure to finish what they needed first so that I would be able to hit their deadline. The final box art also has some digital manipulations. They wanted key elements on the box art that didn't fit exact with what I had in mind for the original paintings. For example you'll notice the eagles in the background are moved closer to the center.
After the assignment was over I would spend another few months, off and on, finishing the painting. Since half of the painting was for my own pleasure I had to work on it in between jobs.
I wouldn't normally do something like this, but the subject was something I've always had a strong passion towards. I would have been a fool not to take the opportunity to do it. Plus, I wanted to get this out before Peter Jackson put the visual out there that will forever be in people's minds!
I'll be attending the Mexico City Magic GP as a guest artist. The event is February 14th and 15th. I'm very excited about this trip, I have never been to Mexico City and I'm looking forward to doing a bit of sightseeing. The event organizer commissioned me to do the artwork for the event playmat(above). He wanted a Magic flavor illustration that somehow fit the Mexican culture.
I will be bringing a variety of collectibles with me, including: Artist Proofs, Original oil illustrations from MtG, Oil painted Token APs, Prints, and Original sketched APs. If you plan to attend the event, please let me know if there are particular prints/sketches you'd like to see. I will do my best to accommodate. You can leave your response in the comment section below.
Happy New Year! I must apologize for the lack in new work. I've been waiting for NDA's to lift so I can show some of my new pieces. I have quite a bit to show, so please check back in the coming weeks for more work. For now, here is a cover I did for a Pathfinder novel.
In addition, I've updated my Etsy store with all of my available prints as well as collectible cards, and originals. Please, head on over, take a look, and buy yourself or someone you think might enjoy a print or card! Click on the image at the top right of the blog to be directed to the store.
In less than two weeks, I'll be a guest artist at Shizouka, Japan GP. I am very excited to be visiting Japan. My wife and I plan to fly out a week early and see as much of the country as possible before the event.
For those of you Magic fans in Japan...Special for this event I'm doing a limited run of custom tokens of two of my cards. Both Thoughtseize and Advent of the Wurm original oil sketch APs will be available exclusively at the event. I will have a total of 20 available and each AP will have a unique Wurm or Forsaken Mask token painted in oil on the back. Each will be stored in a special card display holder. Below are two examples of the original oil sketches and the card they will be painted on.
In addition to the oil sketches, I will be doing signings, sketches, and card alters at the event. I will also have a wide variety of prints for sale. Please stop by and say hi if you plan to attend the event. Those of you who register early enough will receive an event play-mat with the artwork for Thoughtseize.
For all of you Magic the Gathering Collectors. I've add each of my Artist Proofs to my Etsy store. Now you can easily navigate all of the AP's I have for sale. You can check prices, quantities, and other info on the store pages. This will also to make things easier for me, as I can now send inquiries directly to the store.
Here is a piece I did for Sony Online's new Everquest II expansion. This is the third piece I've done for them in this same format. I had a lot of fun working on this one. The original painting is 20 x 48 oil on masonite. You can check out more info on the game here - Everquest II