Friday, January 30, 2015

Jamaican Adventures and Reference Dump

A week ago I had the fortune to take a short trip to Jamaica with the wife and her parents, and boy was it a lovely and amazing respite from my routine. The monsters and I took a break and I wanted to share with you some of the images I captured from around Jamaica. While we did stay at a resort on the coast we made sure to leave the resort as much as possible. We wanted to see what Jamaica was really like and to see its people, animals, plants, and pretty much everything that was not an American resort in another country. Here is a whole mess of photos from our adventures in Jamaica...

After a very early morning and a full day of traveling our first day was a little low key and we did some relaxing and the monsters took in the view.

I spent A LOT of time in and under the water. I can not say enough about the snorkeling at Doctor's Cave beach. I grew up swimming and snorkeling in waters off of Florida and I was really impressed by what I saw at Doctor's Cave.

There was something to see everywhere I looked and it was all really close to the surface.

Diving down the view only improved.

Watch out for the spines on those urchins!

So many wonderful shapes, colors, and patterns everywhere I looked.



At the end of the one of the docks there was once a diving platform. The platform has long since collapsed and has been taken over by the sea life. Here is a massive brain coral growing on one of the hand rails.

While both invasive and venomous, it was really neat to see lionfish in the wild.
Look, but don't touch!

A lot of the sea life seemed rather unfazed by our presence and would only react once you got VERY close to it.

Down in Sam Sharpe square in Montego Bay.
Sam Sharpe began the slave rebellions of Jamaica in 1832 and it cost him his life, but because of what he started in 1834 England abandoned the act of slavery.

Some really excellent rust and paint texture on a metal sign near Doctor's Cave beach.

Rose Hall - one of a handful of surviving plantation houses on the island. It is said to be haunted. A former owner murdered three husbands and untold numbers of slaves and slave lovers. We took the haunted night tour. BEAUTIFUL house, fun tour.

Unknown side street in an unknown little town between Montego Bay and Black River.

On the Black River in search of crocodiles...

OH LOOK! A Crocodile in the Black River.
As our guide said repeatedly, the crocodiles love imported meat, stay in the boat.

On the road to YS Falls. Jamaica is a beautiful country.

But a glimpse of YS Falls.Very lush, very lovely.

There was an abandoned mill and aqueduct in the middle of the golf course at the resort. So thanks to my wife encouraging, we went and checked it out. (we also saw a mongoose, but no pictures of that)

A keystone on one of the window arches reads "1837".

No one seemed to care so we investigated and explored and took lots of photos.

One last image and I thought I should at least include one from the resort. This was our view for all of our meals that we ate at the resort. We ate outside and had a very nice view. The resort was nice, but I can not imagine going to another country and never getting to see what that country was really like.

That is all for another exciting week on the blog, see you back here next week for a whole week of Star Wars work! 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 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 undercover operative 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
Original - Currently not available
© 2015 Christopher Burdett

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 - SOLD
© 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 Wizards of the Coast

Rock Bite
Kaijudo
12 x 9
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Decay
Kaijudo
12 x 9
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Lava Burst
Kaijudo
12 x 9
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Overshields
Kaijudo
12 x 9
Pencil on paper
Original for sale over on my web store!
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

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