Friday, September 20, 2019

Egg Token - MtG - Commander 2019

I have been so focused on my book that many things are slipping by my attention. One of these things is that I had a new Magic the Gathering card resent released. In Commander 2019, I had the opportunity to paint the Egg Token. This is as close as I got to the Ixalan set as I got, but it still counts in my book. This one was a little stressful to work on, not only had it been a while since working on Magic I was (and still am) hard at work on my book when the assignment arrived. In the end, the card was approved, and the cards that followed this one were a lot more successful. Here is my Egg Token.

Egg Token
Magic the Gathering - Commander 2019
12 x 8.7- Digital 
Art Director - Taylor Ingvarsson
 © 2019 Wizards of the Coast
 
Since I was jumping back and forth from this piece and my book, I had to make certain sacrifices to get all the work completed. One of the things that had to go was the toned paper value study for this piece. Typically I produce a line drawing and a toned value study for each of my Magic pieces. There was not enough time to squeeze one more drawing onto my table, and so I had to let it go. This means there is only one original drawing for this piece, and here it is.
 
Egg Token Drawing
Magic the Gathering - Commander 2019
11 x 14 - Pencil on Paper
Original - Available at IX 2019!
 © 2019 Wizards of the Coast

I am also not planning on making prints for this card either. I am not sure if there will be any demand, and I am moving away from making prints of client work anyway as I focus on my book. Also, I am unsure if and when I will see any artist proofs for these. These token cards are actually double-sided with other tokens, which is new to me. Here is how the printed version of the Egg Token turned out.

Egg Token in handy dandy card form

I hope to have time in the near future after the book is off my plate to talk more about this piece and share the painting process. There were a lot of ups and down with it as I worked on 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, September 11, 2019

Eidolon Miniature by Miguel Zavala


I recently came across another cool custom miniature by Miguel Zavala. Miguel has created many custom 3D Dungeons & Dragons miniature models that are available for printing. This time around, he made an Eidolon based on my illustration in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes that came out last year. I think he did a terrific job on it and I wanted to share it here on the blog.

Eidolon Miniature by Miguel Zavala
Image courtesy of Miguel Zavala

Pretty cool if I do say so myself. If you have a chance, you should check out more of Miguel's work. Here is my painting of the Hellfire Engine so you can see how faithful he was to the original.
Eidolon
Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes
11 x 14 - Digital
Art Director - Kate Irwin
© 2018 Wizards of the Coast LLC

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, September 9, 2019

Bowl of Teeth - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

Today's piece of spot art is a Bowl of Teeth. This relates to the Footman section of the book. You can read more about this section of the book over on The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia blog.

Bowl of Teeth
10 x 8 - Pencil and acrylic paint on paper
 Original - Currently not available 
© 2019 Christopher Burdett

Here are all of the monsters appearing in the first volume of The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia: Aberrant Stilter, Belled Kreep, Corrupted Knight, Dight-Kin, Eau-de-nil Elder, Ethra VanDalia, Footman, Gray Wanderer, Gullet, Humgruffin Mother, Irritated Girasol, Judicator, Kiplorbic Animal Dealer, Lammergeier Transport, Myopic Rifler, Nimsbane Curse Victim, Ophiomornous Bureaucrat, Petrous Blacksmith, Quincaillerie, Rapacious Guttersnipe, Saint Marque, Smokestack, Thrice, Uncanny Scribe, Virulent Artificer, Woven Egg, Woven Shaper, Xandrell Tree, Yote Arms Dealer, and Zombic Spore.

Here are all of the environmental pieces appearing in the first volume of The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia: Air Shops, Busy Streets, Hollow Alley, Keeper of the Clocks, Sunken Stalls, The Grand Bazaar, The Seated Dead

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, September 6, 2019

Edge of the Empire Signature Bounty Hunter Abilities Deck - The Return of Armed to the Teeth

I continue stumbling across instances of my Star Wars illustrations reused in various other Star Wars products. This time around I have for you the Edge of the Empire Signature Bounty Hunter Abilities Deck from 20176. This one slipped under my radar for two years. The Edge of the Empire Signature Bounty Hunter Abilities Deck sees the return of Armed to the Teeth that I originally painted in 2015. Here is a look at the new incarnation of the Armed to the Teeth.

Draw and Fire
Edge of the Empire Signature Bounty Hunter Abilities Deck
© 2017 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

The Edge of the Empire Signature Bounty Hunter Abilities Deck is the first time that Armed to the Teeth has been reused, to my knowledge. If for some reason you are hunting down the Edge of the Empire Signature Bounty Hunter Abilities Deck to complete your collection of my work, here is an image of the front of the packaging so that you can get the correct one.

Edge of the Empire Signature Bounty Hunter Abilities Deck - For all your bounty hunter needs

Lastly, here is the original illustration for Armed to the Teeth. It was initially used in the Between the Shadows expansion for the Star Wars card game, which is no longer in production.

Armed to the Teeth
Star Wars: Between the Shadows
10.3 x 8.6 - Digital
© 2015 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

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, September 4, 2019

What the Heck is Going On? - Grand Bazaar Writing Update

I know I recently post an update on the blog regarding the state of the Grand Bazaar, but I hit a major milestone Friday night. As of Friday I have completed writing all of the sections of The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia! Most of the book has already gone to the editor and is back for us to review now that I have completed the remaining sections. These remaining sections will be headed to the editor asap as I finish the remaining nine pieces of spot art and other outstanding odds and ends.

Here is the completed spreadsheet for the book, plus a little video I shot of the last section getting marked off.

Writing spreadsheet as of 8/30/2019


And with that, they are all accounted for, now to edit, massage, and finalize

I knew I was going to eventually get to this point, but now that I am, it is a little unbelievable. I learned years ago that making a book is impossible. You cannot sit down and simply create a book from start to finish. BUT, you can make a list of the things you need to make. You can make an illustration for the book. You can write a section about a monster in your book. You can put those pieces together and refine and edit them. And eventually, you will make a book. That is what got me through all of this. A plan, some lists, taking it slow and giving everything as much time as it needs. There is no way I could sit down and make something that is 277 pages and for 85000 works, just not possible, but I can make all the little pieces that will eventually add up to it.

277 pages and 85603 words later...

Next steps, as I have said, I have a handful of small illustrations still to complete. These will go quickly, and I will have them done in the coming weeks. I will be reviewing the edit notes for the text, implementing these edits, and doing a full review and edit of everything one last time. I will be tieing up loose ends as I deal with little odds and ends to get everything that is needed for the layout. I will be handing everything over to the person doing the layout of the book, and after that, I should have a completed book. It might seem like there is still a lot left, but we are so close now. At least I have help in creating the final pieces.

Now to finish the rest of the spot art with a little help

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

Friday, August 30, 2019

Working Conditions

Where, how, and under what conditions I work have been mentioned a time or two, but I wanted to circle back around to this topic again since I have been doing a lot of atypical work lately. That atypical work is, of course, all the writing I have been doing on The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia.

When I am drawing, painting, or visually designing, I must have some sort of exterior stimulus to keep the distracting bits of my brain occupied. This consists of listening to music, podcasts, a television program, or movie. If it is a podcast I can be something new to me, but if it is any of the other options I must love it, and I must know it like the back of my hand. Otherwise, it will become an instant distraction. At my drawing table, I will usually have my phone off to one side with the media playing on it. Headphones or earbuds are a must. At my computer, I will have media playing on the computer or again on my phone, which will be directly under my Cintiq. In both situations, my phone is close another for me to glance at without it becoming a distraction. I have worked this way for many years, and I find it beneficial to my productivity.

When I am writing, I have learned I need the complete opposite. If I am working up one of these blog posts, I need to have all of the media silenced so that I can focus on writing. My need for silence when I am working on the book has increased to the point I need to wear earplugs as I am writing. I must block out any and all audio distractions so that I can completely concentrate on the writing. I am not sure why this is the case, I am simply glad to have discovered this that this works best for me. It is rather funny that I will be working in a completely empty house with no ambient sound, and I will still need to put in earplugs. As long as it ensures I make it to the end of the book, I am happy to wear them.

What are your working conditions? What do you need to do or not do while you are working? Leave them in the comments! 

That's all for another exciting week on the blog. With a hurricane approaching, I am not sure what next week will be like yet, but hopefully, I will be back here on Wednesday after the holiday weekend. Until then...

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

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Scorpion Redsign - OHOTMU Reduxe

Over five years ago I redesigned the Marvel villain Scorpion for The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe REDUXE Edition (OHOTMU Reduxe) blog. For whatever reason, this was never posted on their blog, and a quick check shows that no new content has been posted there in over a year. I am tired of looking at these images in my blog queue folder, so I decided it was finally time to share this image. Here is my redesign of Scorpion.

 
 Scorpion Redsign
10 x 13.5 - Digital
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

I had a lot of fun with this piece, just as I did with all the work that I created for this redesign blog. There was nothing but freedom when it came to the redesigning and the deadlines were flexible. I am still pleased with everything I did for them. Here is the original page for Scorpion, unfortunately, I do not know who the original artist was that contributed to this page.

Scorpion from the Marvel Handbook - © Marvel Comics

Lastly, here is the pencil and ink work that went into this illustration. As I began to ink, I realized that the legs were WAY too short in the drawing. It was an easy fix as I inked, and it improved the piece.

Scorpion Redesign pencil and ink work
9 x 12 - Pencil on paper
10 x 13.5 - Digital
 © 2014 Christopher Burdett

I am unaware of what the future holds for The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe REDUXE Edition blog, but I believe this to be the final piece I will have done for them. Glad to finally share it. 

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