Friday, April 28, 2017

Looking Back: Skull Hill - Dreamblade

Today on the blog I am looking back at another Dreamblade miniature design that I have never shared before. Here is the design for the Skull Hill which was part of the Core Set to Dreamblade released back in 2005...

Skull Hill
9 x 12 - Pencil on paper
© 2005 Wizards of the Coast LLC

This assignment called for a hill with a gibbet atop it. The hill needed to have a vague, or not so vague, appearance of a skull. As in... Skull Hill. This was one of the first location pieces that I designed and I was still figuring out what they did and did not want for these types of pieces. Whatever I did seemed to work because with only one tiny fix my one and only design for this miniature was approved. Here is the original, so that you can see what has changed...

Skull Hill (original)
9 x 12 - Pencil on paper
© 2005 Wizards of the Coast LLC

With an approved front view I was given the go ahead to do the rest of the turnaround. Here is the entire design for the Skull Hill miniature...

Skull Hill
9 x 12 - Pencil on paper (multiple sheets)
© 2005 Wizards of the Coast LLC

When I was doing all of these designs back in 2005 and 2006 I was learning a lot, getting a lot faster with my drawings, and improving my skill set. I was also taking a lot of shortcuts to get all the work done that I now regret. To save time with many of my Dreamblade designs I only drew what I had to to get the work done. So in the case of the Skull Hill I only drew the hill sections for the turnaround. The gibbet was flipped and edited digitally. If I was doing this design today I would draw the entire piece in all three views and I may have even redrawn the entire front over after the request came in to remove the rope. I would at least have erased the rope from the original drawing and not removed it digitally so that I would have a 'clean' final drawing that matched the final design. At the time I was much more interested in getting all the work done and approved and these days I am a lot more interested in having a pleasing finished product... that is also done on time and approved. My skill set definitely now allows me this. Here is how the production miniature turned out for this one...

Skull Hill Miniature

That's all for another exciting week on the blog, see you back here on Monday!  Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Festering Mummy - Amonkhet - Prints NOW AVAILABLE!

I have updated my store with Festering Mummy prints! Follow the link below to get your very own signed and numbered prints from Amonkhet, the newest expansion of Magic the Gathering. As always, these prints are limited to a print run of only 50 copies.

Festering Mummy
 
I could not be happier with prints and they are the first of my MtG prints to be produced from a new print shop I have been working with. Once I receive the my artist proofs for these I will be adding them to my store as well. Hopefully they will arrive in the coming weeks.

That's all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog, see you back here on Friday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Monday, April 24, 2017

Homunculus - Sagaborn

Back in February I posted about the Sagaborn Kickstarter that I was a part of. Jump ahead to April and the Kickstarter was successfully funded, if you missed the Kickstarter you can still get a copy through PledgeManager, and I can share with you my contribution to the book! I present to you my contribution to the Sageborn Core Book, the wily Homunculus...

Homunculus
Sagaborn
14 x 11 - Ink on paper
Original - SOLD
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

This one was a lot of fun and several firsts for me. Michael Bielaczyc always give me great assignments and he gives me almost full reign to do whatever I would like. A win/win! In the blast I have usually created black and white drawings on toned paper for Michael, but this time around I wanted to do something a little different. I have never created a traditional inked piece for a client, I have never worked wet on unmounted paper, and I have never worked in washes, brush, and pen on a black and white illustration. That is a lot of nevers and I did them all in this piece. Funny to think after all these years of doing this stuff that there are still things I have never done. This was the first time I ever taped down my paper to maintain clean edges and to maintain a smooth page while I worked wet. I know so many artist that work that way all the time... I never have. As an added bonus, here is the drawing that I created for this piece...

Homunculus - Drawing
Sagaborn
14 x 11 - Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

I will share more about this piece in the coming months when I share the process for it. Since this was the first time working like this there was a bit of trial and error as I figured things out. More about all that another day.

If you are interested in owning your own copy of Sagaborn be sure to head over to PledgeManager and take advantage of the post Kickstarter deals!

That is all for another exciting Monday on the blog, see you back here on Wednesday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 IX Showcase

It has come to my attention that I have not officially announced that I will be part of the IX Showcase this coming October in Allentown, PA. Illuxcon is one of our favorite of favorite events of the year and it is exciting to be part of the Showcase once again. After being in the Main Show last year and the Weekend Salon the year before that it will be nice to be back in the Showcase. Don't get me wrong, the Main Show is AMAZING and a wonderful experience (the Weekend Salon is amazing too, but no longer exists as part of IX). Being in the Showcase will allow me a lot more freedom to take in IX with my time required at a table working concentrated into two evenings. This will mean I have more time to look at art, attend panels, catch up with friends, and actually get enough sleep.

2017 IX Showcase

The Showcase will also be a much better venue to show the work I am currently working on, if all goes to plan. I hope to see you in Allentown, PA this coming October for the premiere imaginative realist event. IX changed my life and I know it has effected others in the same way. I can not speak highly enough about it.

That is all for another exciting week on the blog, see you back here on Monday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Continuing Adventures of Life and Over 1300

UHG, life marches on and there is so much to do and never enough time. This will hopefully count as a blog post as things swirl into chaos (hopefully not, but possible). Day job is doubling down on requiring my attention. We are about to start a full kitchen renovation. And I have a lot of monsters to make. We are on a collision course with wackiness. Hopefully this will not effect the blog posts too much, though it is kind of effecting today's post. If I miss a day here or a day there, please understand that it is because of events far out of my control. I am going to have a bumpy month or two ahead of me and if something is going to suffer, it unfortunately will be the blog. When the dust clears, hopefully I will have some exciting news for you!

Yes, I am posting this again.
Yes, I like this image.
Yes, it serves many different roles here on the blog.

It almost went unnoticed, at the beginning of the month I had my 1300th post on this blog! I love milestones here on the blog, but sometimes they slide under the radar. It is funny though, I actually feel like I have done way more than 1300 posts. I have been doing this since February 2009, but 1300 is just about right for three posts a week for just over eight years. Things have been kind of quiet here on the blog lately, but I know people are looking at it. I will keep at it until I have nothing left to share!

That is all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog, see you back here on Friday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Monday, April 17, 2017

Festering Mummy - MtG - Amonkhet

The entire set of Amonkhet, the newest expansion to Magic the Gathering, was spoiled last week. This means I can now share my card coming out as part of Amonkhet. I present you with the Festering Mummy...

Festering Mummy
Magic the Gathering - Amonkhet
14 x 10.2- Digital
© 2017 Wizards of the Coast

Nothing like getting to paint yourself as a rotting mummy lurching its way across the cursed sands of a distant world of magic and monsters. This was my first opportunity to directly use myself as reference in a Magic card and I believe I got in there the appropriate about of RAWR! A HUGE thanks goes out to Cynthia Sheppard for the Festering Mummy assignment!

While the final for this piece was digital, the original drawings associated with this piece will be available soon. Prints will be also be available soon. Finally, artist proofs will be available once the set is released and I have received them. Here is a look at the final card version of the Festering Mummy... 
Festering Mummy in handy dandy card form

That is all for another exciting Monday on the blog, see you back here on Wednesday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Friday, April 14, 2017

Dianoga - Unaccepted Star Wars Celebration Entry

With Star Wars Celebration this weekend I thought I would share with you my design that I submitted to be part of the Celebration art show. Obviously, since I have not spoken of this before my design was not selected. I made it through the first hurdle at least and was asked to submit to the art show, so that is something. To be honest I was fairly confident I was not going to be selected, but I submitted the image I wanted to make. I give you my unaccepted Dianoga...

Dianoga
Star Wars Celebration Entry
14 x 17 - Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available 

I had always wanted to do a Dianoga piece and this seemed like as good an opportunity as any. I really wanted to capture a key moment from Star Wars from the monsters point of view. With Leia and Han reflected in the eye, I thought it would be a fun take and this would have given me an excuse to paint some tentacles. Here is the color comp I submitted as well...

Dianoga - Color comp
Star Wars Celebration Entry
6.8 x 10 - Digital

It all worked out for the best, I never had the time in my schedule to take this one, though I would have somehow made it happen. I have been using all that time on something much more personal and in the end, maybe more rewarding. Don't get me wrong, it would be a total thrill and an honor to be part of the Celebration art show. This was not the year. Lastly, here are the final two thumbnails I was deciding between to move forward with. I went with the second one even though I really lover the first. Dianoga... RAWR!

Dianoga - Thumbnails

That's all for another exciting week on the blog, see you back here on Monday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com