Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Creative Arts Career Panel

I was invited to be a part of the Creative Arts Career Panel last night at Florida State University. Last night's panel is the first in a series of career panel the university has planned for the students to meet and talk to working professionals. I wish there were panels like this when I was a student at FSU! There were five of us on the panel and including Q&A the panel lasted  an hour and a half. I realize I should have mentioned this panel BEFORE it took place in the event someone in the Tallahassee area wanted to attend, but I was out of the country until late Monday night... and, well, REASONS.

All in all it was a lot of fun to be a part of the panel and to meet some of the other folks in the area working in the creative fields. There were some good questions and hopefully we passed on some helpful advice and shed some light on career opportunities. I would like to extend a big thanks to Emily Kennelly for inviting me out and including me in the panel. Here are some images if you are interested...

I sometime want to have Fantasy Illustrator in quotes.

A look at all those that were on the panel.
Makes me seem almost legit.

A table for all our panel needs.

We arrived early to get set up and to meet everyone, so I of course walked away to take pictures of everything to post on the blog like the good little antisocial artist that I am.

Students!

My agent in the crowd took of all of us sharing our wisdom.
 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, January 26, 2015

Spectrum for me and you with volume 22

It is Spectrum submission time again, at least for another few hours. I have written about spectrum several times over the years here on the blog and you can read more HERE. I have very little new to add about Spectrum this year save that I did in fact submit some pieces for consideration in Spectrum 22. Or should I say, I made my annual tax deductible tithe to Spectrum.

If you are going to submit to Spectrum 22 you better hurry, the deadline is today!

I am submitting some personal work and some client work this year and have very little expectation of getting in. That is the way of things, they are "the best of the best". Ultimately, I can't get in if I do not submit, so I might as well submit and not make it for real, and get a tax deduction. I tried the digital submission process this year for the first time and it was preferable to sending in prints.

On the flip side, as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago I did make it into Infected By Art 3! Which is super cool and I am thrilled to be a part of this new and growing publication. I submitted some of the very same work to both publications so hopefully some of the mass appeal of my accepted work to IBA3 will rub off on my submitted work to Spectrum 22. We will see in the coming months when my ego is crushed once again.

Let's all think positively!

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, January 23, 2015

Closer Look: Star Wars - Entrepreneur Specialization Deck

Back in December I shared some new about my Chiven Entrepreneur appearing on the cover of the Entrepreneur Specialization Deck. Recently I had a chance to get my hands on a deck and to get a better look at all that it offered. I was happy to see that my work was not only appearing on the cover...

Entrepreneur Specialization Deck cover with hot Chiven counting credits action.

Every card back in the deck features the Chiven from the cover. The funny thing was I didn't realize that there was any art on the back of the card for awhile. I was fixated on the card fronts looking at the art and all the while was missing that my work was on the back over each card.

My Chiven Snake Oil Salesmen from Far Horizon also got his own card in the deck.
Now with super funky background!

Granted, this is all work I have shared before, it was just very exciting to see the work appearing in another format on a related product. ...and it is another line for the resume! 

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

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thrice - Monsters on Toned Paper

Recently I have shared with you my Gray Wanderer, Corrupted Knight, Smokestack, Belled Kreep, and Aberrant Stilter monsters. Today, I have for you the sixth piece in this series. This piece was finished this past weekend and continues to be at the new larger scale. I present you with the Thrice...

Thrice
11 x 14
Pencil on paper
© 2015 Christopher Burdett
Original - Currently not for sale

The Thrice is the last of three monsters I designed once returning home from Illuxcon last year. I allowed people on Facebook vote on which I would draw, based on just the name. The Thrice received the least votes.

Upon returning home from Illuxcon I laid out a plan for five personal pieces I wanted to work on, three toned paper monsters and two painted self portraits. With the completion of the Thrice all five of these personal pieces are finished. This pleases me a lot since it means I am making more time for my own work. It is now time to look ahead and figure out what personal pieces will be next!

Further details on this piece, like all of these personal monster on toned paper will have to wait for another day and hopefully a different type of information interface. Fear naught, all will be revealed in the fullness of time. As an added bonus here are some images of the piece as I worked on it...


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

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Star Wars and Kaijudo drawings now available!

It is the beginning of a new year! Today is a holiday in the US! There are new drawings from my work on Star Wars and Kaijudo now on my webstore! Head on over to my WEBSTORE to see all my available items AND all the following new original drawing additions...

Snake Oil Salesmen
Edge of the Empire - Far Horizons
9 x 12
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Career Entrepreneur
Edge of the Empire - Far Horizons
9 x 12
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Daran'Enok
Age of Rebellion - Onslaught on Arda 1
12 x 9
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Narralia
Age of Rebellion - Onslaught on Arda 1 
9 x 12
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Virulent Worm
Kaijudo
12 x 9
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Rock Bite
Kaijudo
12 x 9
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Decay
Kaijudo
12 x 9
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Lava Burst
Kaijudo
12 x 9
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Overshields
Kaijudo
12 x 9
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

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, January 16, 2015

Corrections, oversights, and clarifications for 2014 - Losing my religion

I made a big error in my year in review post on Monday that needs to be addressed. I forgot to mention a key component to my success, and the success I have had for the last 14 years. This key component being the veracious and heart help support and encouragement of my wife. Without her CONTINUOUS support and kicks in the butt I would not have made the leap from digital to traditional and I would have given up on myself long ago. I forgot to mention this and that needed to be addressed. Not including her support and faith in my abilities when I had given up on myself gives a false impression of my journey and her role in it. If you like my work and things that I make, be sure to thank my wife if you get a chance to meet her, a lot of those monsters may never have existed without her efforts to keep me true to my goals and dreams.

The only known photo of my wife because she is the master of disguise.
If you look carefully you might find here.

While I have you here I wanted to also mention another factor that I forgot to mention regarding my reasoning and motivation to start working traditionally. While we don't like to talk about such things, money played a role in my decision to switch media. As the years roll by my time becomes more and more valuable to me. There are many things that I can spend my time doing. When I am creating a piece of art for myself the act of expressing my voice through the creation process is a large part of the payout. If I am going to be creating a piece of art for someone else, I would like my time to be well compensated. A way for me to make my time better financially compensated is to create an actual painting that could be sold later.

Mind you, this was not the only reason I made the switch. I explained all of the main reasons on Monday, but the money side of it was a factor and I would not be sharing the entire scope of my journey if I didn't mention it. I may never sell all the paintings that I paint or I may not be able to sell them for the prices I intend to, but they are one of a kind hand made unique objects now and not a file on a computer. I joked for a long time that I wanted to make traditional paintings so that I could trade work with friends and peers whose work I admire. There is a lot of truth in that joke. The response I had last year at the Illuxcon Showcase showed that there was interest in my work from my peers and collectors. ...which is flattering and humbling AND very encouraging.

I think you now have the whole story of my ups and downs in 2014. The key part being my wife. Again, if you have any thoughts, comments, or questions about all this be sure to leave them below in the comment section. RAWR!

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

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Self Portrait 2: Teeth and Tongue

Today I have the second in a series of self portraits. Back in November I shared the first of these very flattering images of myself. I talked about working traditionally on Monday in my look back at 2014 and this piece is a part of that. ...in its own special, creepy, drooling kind of way. Here is the second in a series of self portraits I am working on...

Self Portrait 2: Teeth and Tongue
5 x 7
  Acrylic, pencil, and gouache on board
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

There is a corresponding drawing to this painting, of course. As with some of my other smaller paintings the drawing is bigger then the painting. Here is the drawing for this self portrait...

Self Portrait 2: Teeth and Tongue
9 x 12
  Pencil on paper
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

I was not expecting to have this painting on my schedule anytime soon, but when a window of time opened to work on it I acted on it. I was working quickly with some starts, stops, and gaps in painting times. Because of all this I did not do a good job of documenting the piece coming together. Also, after just finishing two paintings for a client and documenting those exhaustively, I kind of didn't want to take a bunch of photos as I worked. Here a just a couple images that I took while working on this piece...

Self Portrait 2: Teeth and Tongue - Process
 All images © 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