Monday, November 28, 2016

Another Hearthstone card and Star Wars demo...

Another new Hearthstone image for the "Mean Streets of Gadgetzan" expansion: "Bring in the Finishers"... some ninja Murlocs.


The above image is the final art, but initially we explored down a rabbit-hole the idea of a "Reservoir Murlocs" card.  It made sense that a group of 4 killers in a gang-themed expansion could reference the movie, but since they needed to be in suits to get the point across, it was too difficult to blend the Reservoir Dogs with the needed Asian faction designs of the new Gadgetzan set.  There were too many things going on that compromised the simplicity of meshing the movie reference into both murlocs and Gadgetzan style. It wouldn't be obvious that it was from the movie nor fulfill the card's function in the game design. Below is this concept fleshed out before it was abandoned for the straightforward ninjas above.



This past Saturday I did a live oil painting demo/auction for charity of a children's hospital.  Everyone loves Boba Fett, right?


12X16" oil on grey primed panel.



Friday, November 18, 2016

New Hearthstone art: Biker Boars!!!

Here are 3 new Hearthstone paintings for the upcoming "gangs" set.  Also some process shots...




 First, charcoal is rubbed onto the back of the drawing or print out...

The linework is traced down and made permanent by painting with umber acrylic paint.





An underpainting of acrylic washes approximates the final intended colors and allows for a single-layer approach where accuracy, unification and opacity can be achieved immediately.



Painting is commenced with the background done first for cleanliness.




Painting is done piece by piece, attempting a final render quality at once, while oil paint is wet, blend-able and consistent colors are used.


After all parts are painted, a second layer is added over the dry paint, adding  further refinements and details.













Thursday, September 29, 2016

Recent fan arts

Just this past weekend at the Edmonton Comic Expo, we had Carrie Fisher attending, so I did a quick portrait of her as "slave Leia"...

and got it signed...



 Also worked on a Yoda oil painting... not done, but worked it up so far like this...


 That is all for now!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Hearthstone art... Karazhan.


Abyssal... 12X16" oil on panel...


Murlocs Escaping!, 20X16" Oil on cradled panel...



Cat Trick... Digital...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

New Hearthstone art: Twin Emperors, Southsea squidface and Eldritch Horror

Here are a some new pieces that came out a few weeks ago for the new Hearthstone expansion "Whispers of the Old Gods"...

Below are the "Twin Emperors"...



One of them was spray-painted outside a busy Tokyo subway station as part of the viral marketing campaign for the game...





The "Eldritch Horror"...


"Southsea Squidface" 13X18" oil on panel


This one was used on a billboard in Santiago, Chile...


Friday, February 26, 2016

Ember art

Here's something I did last summer and never really showed publicly. Its for an upcoming mobile RPG called Ember. The publisher specifically wanted to reference my classic BioWare game art as this upcoming title is a top-down fantasy game similar to Baldur's Gate.


I had to do this one digitally so they could move the elements around. They wanted it to look like a painting, however so I painted it flat then chopped it up and rendered the parts of the figures that are covered up. App stores need weird horizontal formats , so flexibility is key.