Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Basilisk - Lands and Legends - Process

Continuing to clear out the back log of pieces I need to share the process for. Today I have a piece I first shared WAY back in February of 2014. This Basilisk was produced for the Lands and Legends book produced by Michael Publishing, LLC. I feel like it kinds fell under the radar in the bigger scheme of things, but I still like it. This is my take on the Basilisk as the king of the serpents... or rather the God King of all serpents. Here is how the final piece turned out...

Basilisk
Lands and Legends
Digital - 10.3 x 13.7
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

I was left to my own devices and could do anything I wanted to for this project. I knew from the beginning what I wanted to do, it was just a matter of execution. As always, I began with a thumbnail. Since I was my own art director on this I show my reference and then worked and reworked the thumbnail until I was happy with. Here is how the final thumbnail turned out...

Basilisk - Thumbnail
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

Once the thumbnail was finalized I moved to the drawing. I skipped the line drawing on white paper and proceeded directly to the toned paper with the intention of finishing out the toned drawing once the line art for the painting was complete. Unfortunately, I have yet to get back to this drawing and take it to its toned papery goodness conclusion and it still lives on in the "to be completed when I have all the time in the world" pile. Here is how the line are for the Basilisk turned out...

Basilisk - Drawing
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

Now that I have the line drawing it was time to get started on the painting. Since this was created at the beginning of last year it was produced digitally. In just twelve easy steps this piece came together! ...or not. It was really straight forward and since I was creating it for myself I could do what I wanted, have a lot of fun, and not worry about meeting the needs and exceptions of someone else, since ultimately I was the client on this project. My focus was to make something I was really happy with and so I got to painting to create just that...

Basilisk - Process progression
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

Like magic paintings take shape. To better show the piece coming together, here is another little animated process progression for you...

Basilisk - Animated process progression
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

When I originally posted about this piece last year I also shared some close ups of this piece so that you could get a better look at what my paintings look like up close. I thought I would include this again so that you can have another look. A glimpse at the tightness and looseness of my digital work.

Basilisk - Detail
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

Basilisk at 100%... RAWR!
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

Lastly, I will leave you again with the final painting of the Basilisk. If you are interested, I highly recommend you checking out the Lands and Legends book! It is full of great art!

Basilisk
Lands and Legends
Digital - 10.3 x 13.7
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

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, May 4, 2015

Free Comic Book Day 2015 Recap

This past Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and the first FCBD that I have taken part in as a guest of a comic shop. The good folks at Fallout Comic invited me out for the day and I was thrilled to attend. There was a lot comic books, super heroes, sketching, droids, stormtroopers, and fun to be had on Saturday. It was a lot of fun and a big thanks goes out to everyone at Fallout for including me!

The comic book industry and comic book shop culture has been taken to task regarding diversity and the inclusion of all people and not just white men and boys. Comics have been evolving and making some really good advancements in mirroring the diversity of our world in recent years. During FCBD is was extremely exciting to see so many people of color and women and girls in attendance. Gives me hope that things are changing for the better and that everyone can be excited about comics.

Here are some images from the days events at Fallout Comics for Free Comic Book Day 2015...

Even with an hour to go before the doors officially open there is a line forming

All set up and ready for the day! RAWR!

There is something nice about attending a local event, I can just throw everything in the car and drive a couple miles to the event. No flights, no long car trips, no hotels.

AWESOME! It is Tallahassee's very own Daniel Hooker!
Daniel is a great guy and a great artist. If you have a chance go check out his Kickstarter for his new comic. It is in its last week and can use your support!

When R2-D2 is not attending our Star Wars holiday party he likes to attend FCBM.

This is about the best photo I was able to manage of the other artists in attendance. It was a very busy day! Check out the most excellent Marc Thomas who is hiding in the lower right of the picture!

 Busy busy busy! Everybody loves FCBD!

It was only a matter of time before I caught the attention of the Empire...

Even this Rebel Scum can be friends with a Stromtrooper!

One of the day's sketches. RAWR!

Another of the day's sketches AND the first time I have actually drawn Boba Fett.

Very excited to also draw on my first comic blank... which just so happened to be the new Darth Vader #1 from Marvel. Very cool!

Did a sketch swoop with Marc and I of course asked for his version of Bossk. RAWR!

 I will leave you with this little gem.
As part of FCBD, Fallout Comics was giving away one comic for free from their one dollar comic boxes. I had a look just to see what was being offered. At random I pulled a comic out and found this beauty. I remember very well when this first debuted. Looking at it now it seems like the an amazing spoof of what the comics of the 1990's were like ...but this one is actually real.
Always remember... JAMM! He is a PRODIGIOUS DUDE!

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, May 1, 2015

Fresh from the drawing table... Beetle (Giant) - Water!

I have for you another drawing that is fresh from the drawing table. This time around it is a Beetle (Giant) - Water! With the completion of the Giant Water Beetle I am now half way through the giant beetles of the original D&D Monster Manual. This has turned out to be one, if not the favorite designs that I have worked up for the giant beetles. I present to you my version of a Beetle (Giant) - Water… 

Beetle (Giant) - Water
9 x 12
Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available
© 2015 Christopher Burdett

You just know a crazy wizard was involved with making this thing... and maybe a cleric. If the wizard did not make the giant beetle you and bet that they are the one that is taking up resistance on its back. Super villains and crazy wizards love their weird and hard to reach lairs and fortresses. What better place to hide then in your tower on the back of a well preserved but very dead Giant Water Beetle as it drifts the currents of some distant sea? Of course you would need some pretty strong wards and barriers from becoming a snack for a Kraken or some other horror from the deep. This is one giant beetle that has shown its usefulness beyond eating adventures. 

If you missed any of the current round of monsters, A - Z, you can see them here: Ant (Giant), Aerial Servant, Ape (Gorilla), Axe Beak (version 2), Baboon, Barracuda, Basilisk, Beetle (Giant) - Bombardier, Beetle (Giant) - Fire, Brownie, Buffalo, Cerebral Parasite, and Demon Type III (Glabrezu).

If you missed the first round of monsters, A - Z, you can see them here: Axebird, Bugbear, Chimera, Dragon (Red), Ettin, Frog (Giant), Goblin, Hydra, Imp, Jacklewere, Kobold, Lizardman, Manticore, Naga, Owlbear, Purple Worm, Quasit, Rust Monster, Shambling Mound, Troll, Umber Hulk, Vampire, Wasp (Giant), Xorn, Yeti, and Zombi.     

If you missed any of the second round of monsters, A-Z, you can see them here: Ankheg, Beholder, Cockatrice, Demon (Juiblex), Earth Elemental, Fungi (Violet), Giant (Hill), Hobgoblin, Intellect Devourer, Jaguar, Ki-Rin, Lich, Minotaur, Nixie, Ogre, Pixie, Roper, Sahuagin, Troglodyte, Unicorn, and Wight

If you missed any of the third round of monsters, A - Z, you can see then here: Ape (Carnivorous), Bulette, Carrion Crawler, Devil (Ice), Eye of the Deep, Flightless Bird, Golem (Flesh), Homunculus, Ixitxachitl, Jackal, Lizard (Giant), Mind Flayer, Neo-Otygugh, Ochre Jelly, Peryton, Ram (Giant), Salamander, Treant, and Wyvern.

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 29, 2015

RAWR! Shirts restocked & new size AND Free Comic Book Day reminder!

My store is now restocked with RAWR! shirts, and if that is not enough we also added a new size, XXX-LARGE! You can now get your very own RAWR! shirt in unisex sizes S - XXX-Large and woman's cut S - L. What are you waiting for? There has never been a better time to get your very own RAWR! shirt!

Many sizes and cuts to choose from!
RAWR!

As a reminder, I will be at Fallout Comic for Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, May 2nd. I will be be there set up for most of the day with loads of original art, prints, books, artist proofs and much more. If you are in the area, I hope to see you out there AND don't forget the free comics!


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 27, 2015

Logray

YUB NUB! Today I have for you another little Star Wars study of an Ewok. This time around Logray, the Ewok shaman, got some attention with the paint. I have had this one sitting around for awhile waiting to be painted and I finally made the time for it. Here is how Logray turned out...

Logray
4 x 4 - Acrylic on board
Original - Currently not available, contact me if interested
or come see it at Gen Con 2015 (7/30 - 8/2)!
© 2015 Christopher Burdett

Eventually, if given enough time I may finally paint all the named Ewok from the Return of the Jedi. With Logray finish this makes two Ewok pieces counting my Chief Chirpa from last year. ...or does it? As mentioned many times before with these smaller painted studies the original drawing was created much larger then the intended painting size. Here is how the drawing for Logray turned out...

Logray - Drawing
  9 x 12 - Pencil on paper
© 2015 Christopher Burdett

I had the presence of mind to remember to take a couple photos of this little piece coming together. Not sure how much information they provide, but I am glad I have them for the archive.

All images © 2015 Christopher Burdett

I am currently trying to clear out the backlog of personal projects that have been sitting around in various states of completion. I have one more little painting that has been sitting around for a LONG time that need to be finished up. Once this last painting is completed I will be able to focus on creating some new personal work. Hopefully this last piece can be completed soon!

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 24, 2015

Fresh from the drawing table... Beetle (Giant) - Bombardier!

I have for you another drawing that is fresh from the drawing table. This time around it is a Beetle (Giant) - Bombardier! I am back to making some progress with this project of mine and have returned to completing all of the "B" monsters. There are six giant beetles in the original D&D Monster Manual and I have already completed one of them, Beetle (Giant) - Fire, so I decided to finish off the remaining five. I have worked up thumbnails and concepts of giant beetles and I will be working on their final drawings for the next couple of weeks. The first new giant beetle is ready to go! I present to you my version of a Beetle (Giant) - Bombardier… 

Beetle (Giant) - Bombardier
9 x 12
Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available
© 2015 Christopher Burdett

The Giant Bombardier Beetle is the smallest of my giant beetles and may be the only naturally occurring one (though the jury is still out on the Giant Boring Beetle). The Giant Fire Beetle is definitely not of this world or material plane. In the fullness of time you will see that due to their size there is no way the rest of the giant beetles could ever be naturally occurring creatures. I think there was some wizard or vengeful God that had too much time on their hands. While most of my giant beetles will be forces of nature I wanted the Giant Bombardier Beetle to be a real and manageable threat to an adventuring party. You do NOT want to be caught on the wrong end of their boiling chemical spray. I pity a party of low level adventures that disturbs a nest of these giant beetles.

If you missed any of the current round of monsters, A - Z, you can see them here: Ant (Giant), Aerial Servant, Ape (Gorilla), Axe Beak (version 2), Baboon, Barracuda, Basilisk, Beetle (Giant) - Fire, Brownie, Buffalo, Cerebral Parasite, and Demon Type III (Glabrezu).

If you missed the first round of monsters, A - Z, you can see them here: Axebird, Bugbear, Chimera, Dragon (Red), Ettin, Frog (Giant), Goblin, Hydra, Imp, Jacklewere, Kobold, Lizardman, Manticore, Naga, Owlbear, Purple Worm, Quasit, Rust Monster, Shambling Mound, Troll, Umber Hulk, Vampire, Wasp (Giant), Xorn, Yeti, and Zombi.     

If you missed any of the second round of monsters, A-Z, you can see them here: Ankheg, Beholder, Cockatrice, Demon (Juiblex), Earth Elemental, Fungi (Violet), Giant (Hill), Hobgoblin, Intellect Devourer, Jaguar, Ki-Rin, Lich, Minotaur, Nixie, Ogre, Pixie, Roper, Sahuagin, Troglodyte, Unicorn, and Wight

If you missed any of the third round of monsters, A - Z, you can see then here: Ape (Carnivorous), Bulette, Carrion Crawler, Devil (Ice), Eye of the Deep, Flightless Bird, Golem (Flesh), Homunculus, Ixitxachitl, Jackal, Lizard (Giant), Mind Flayer, Neo-Otygugh, Ochre Jelly, Peryton, Ram (Giant), Salamander, Treant, and Wyvern.

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 22, 2015

Flayer

Finished up a small personal painting after many starts and stops. This one was meant to be a quick piece in between client assignments, but ended up being stretched over a much longer length of time. No worries, it is finally done and I have another piece to take with me to convention season. Here is how Flayer turned out...

Flayer
4 x 6 - Acrylic and pencil on board
Original - Currently not available, contact me if interested
or come see it at Gen Con 2015 (7/30 - 8/2)!
© 2015 Christopher Burdett

I am actually happy it took so long to arrive at a point when I could finish this painting. This piece was completed after a long run of back to back Star Wars paintings. I have been learning a lot about the paint and I have been able to turn around and put that knowledge into something I can share right away, rather then waiting a year. This painting started off with a painter at one skill level and was completed with that artist and a different skill level... at least that is how I feel about it. As with some of my other smaller personal work the drawing for the painting is actually a bit larger then the painting...

Flayer
9 x 12 - Pencil on paper
© 2015 Christopher Burdett

As an added bonus, here on some images of the piece coming together. Super sloppy becoming a little less sloppy. The third image is where it stayed for weeks (if not longer) while I was super busy working on client work. The last two images were taken in my last sitting with the piece when it all came together.

All images © 2015 Christopher Burdett

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