Friday, August 18, 2017

Come See Me at Gen Con Artist Alley Table 27!

Gen Con 2017 is happening NOW! If you are attending I hope to see you in the Artist Alley. I am at table 27 and I am surrounded by some incredible artists. I have loads of my monster art with me and I have some amazing deals on unframed paintings. If you have been wanting one of my paintings, this is an opportunity you do not want to pass up! I hope you already have your tickets, because Gen Con 2017 is SOLD OUT.

Gen Con Artist Alley is where the shenanigans happen.
See you at table 27!

That is all for anther 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, August 16, 2017

Gen Con 2017 Starts Tomorrow, See You There!

I am already on my way to Gen Con 2017 and it is looking to be the biggest, craziest, and most fun yet. Not only is Gen Con completely sold out, it is the 50th Gen Con, so you know it is going to be a special time. I hope to see you when you come visit the Artist Alley! There will be tons of amazing art for the taking.

I am bringing loads of paintings, drawings, prints, sketchbooks, and much more. I will also have some GREAT deals on unframed paintings. If you have ever wanted to own one of my paintings, then Gen Con 2017 is the place to get some amazing deals! But once they are gone, they are gone.

Come see me at Artist Alley table 27 for all the monster art you stand!

I will be doing a full recap of the events of the con once the dust has settled and I have returned home. Gone are the days I could run a show AND cover it every day. There has to be a delay now.

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, August 14, 2017

Shifting Shadow - MtG - Commander 2017

The entire set of Commander 2017, the newest expansion to Magic the Gathering, was spoiled last week. This means I can now share my card coming out as part of Commander 2017. I present you with Shifting Shadow...

Shifting Shadow
Magic the Gathering - Commander 2017
14 x 10.2- Digital
© 2017 Wizards of the Coast

This was a really interesting piece to work on. A tiny little feisty lizard needed to look like it had the shadow of a giant dragon. I did so many thumbnails trying to work this one out. In the end, I think it worked out great and this is one of my favorite Magic pieces. A HUGE thanks goes out to Mark Winters for the Shifting Shadow assignment!

While the final for this piece was digital, the original drawings associated with this piece will be available at Gen Con 2017, August 17-20. Prints will be also be available soon. Finally, artist proofs will be available once the set is released and I have received them. Speaking of drawings, here is a look at the drawing and tonal study that I did for Shifting Shadow...

Shifting Shadow - Drawing
Magic the Gathering - Commander 2017
17 x 14 -Pencil on paper
Original available at Gen Con 2017 - August 17-20
© 2017 Wizards of the Coast

Shifting Shadow - Tonal Study
Magic the Gathering - Commander 2017
17 x 14 -Pencil on paper
Original available at Gen Con 2017 - August 17-20
© 2017 Wizards of the Coast

The tonal study did not slip through the cracks this time! Here is a look at the final card version of the Shifting Shadow... 

Shifting Shadow in handy dandy card form

That is all for anther 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, August 11, 2017

Slipping Through the Cracks - MtG Festering Mummy - Tonal study

With all the complexities of life sometime work slips through the cracks. Case in point, the tonal study that I did for the Festering Mummy from the Magic the Gathering expansion, Amonkhet. Somehow it never made it up here on the blog. Poor overlooked tonal study... Oversight corrected! 

This piece, and MANY others, will be with me at Gen Con 50 next week in Indianapolis! Come see me at Artist Alley table 27 on August 17-20. Be one of the first to the opportunity to give this piece a forever home!

Festering Mummy - Tonal study
Magic the Gathering - Amonkhet
17 x 14 -Pencil on paper
Original available at Gen Con 2017 - August 17-20
© 2017 Wizards of the Coast

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

Monday, August 7, 2017

Trandoshan Mercenary - Aggressive Negotiation - Star Wars LCG

Just in time for Gen Con I am happy to share with you a newly released painting for the Star Wars card game. With the arrival of my contributors copy of Aggressive Negotiation, the newest expansion to the Star Wars LCG, I can now share my Trandoshan Mercenary with you...

Trandoshan Mercenary
Star Wars LCG - Aggressive Negotiation
14 x 11 - Acrylic and pencil on board
Art Director - Taylor Ingvarsson
Original available at Gen Con 2017 - August 17-20
© 2017 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games 
 
Trandoshan Mercenary
Star Wars LCG - Aggressive Negotiation
17 x 14 - Acrylic and pencil on board
Art Director - Taylor Ingvarsson
Original available at Gen Con 2017 - August 17-20
© 2017 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games
 
This piece is special to me for a couple reasons. First, it my be my favorite traditionally painted piece that I have done for Star Wars on a craft level of putting paint on a surface. I am really really happy with how the paint went down and what I did with the paint to achieve the finished product. Second, this card was specifically designed and put into to the game for me by the designers of the Star Wars card game! I had mentioned here on the blog several times about my attempts to get a big knife in the hands of a Trandoshan in a painting have never worked out. Well, Erik Dahlman over at FFG took notice and made sure there was a Trandoshan with a knife card with my name on it in a set. Can't beat that! Thanks Erik!

Trandoshan Mercenary in handy dandy card form

If you are attending Gen Con 2017, August 17-20, be sure to swing by Artist Alley Table 27 to see this piece in person when it makes its debut! Look for the process and steps that went into making this painting here on the blog in the coming months.

That is all for another exiting 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, August 4, 2017

Monster Coloring Classics - Adult Coloring Books, a Kickstarter by Jacob Walker


Jacob Walker is currently running a most excellent Kickstarter campaign that I wanted to highlight today on the blog. Monster Coloring Classics - Adult Coloring Books us a very fun and great looking take on monsters and coloring books. I love Jacob's work and I was thrilled to back his first Kickstarter, so it was a no brainer to pass the word along about his new endeavor. The campaign just started, so now is the time to job on board and get yourself some great monster art that you can color, if you so choose to!


Monster Coloring Classics - Adult Coloring Books offers up two books full of great monster drawings with many level to pledge at. Jacob is offering many additional items that you can add on to fill your life with even more monsters!

Featuring two books each with 25 images of monster art! 

Not only is there a level to buy the original art used for the two books, there are some really great shirts and a sticker that can be yours as part of this campaign. I have my heart set on shirt #2. Can't wait to wear that one!

Offering up great shirt options! 

If you love monsters, great art, and helping independent artist create their own products then I HIGHLY recommend you backing Monster Coloring Classics - Adult Coloring Books! If Jacob's last Kickstarter is any indication, this will be an amazing high quality product that you will be thrilled to own.

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, August 2, 2017

Remaining Contributions to Jabba's Realm - Imperial Assault

On Monday I shared with you Tools for the Job, a painting I did for the new(ish) expansion to Imperial Assault, Jabba's Realm. This was not the only piece that I had in this new expansion, but it was the only piece I had not previously shared. I had two additional pieces in the expansion, one new that I had already shared and another previous piece that made an encore. To start things off here is my favorite of the new work that I created for Jabba's Realm, the Rancor...

Rancor
Imperial Assault - Jabba's Realm Expansion
11 x 14 - Acrylic and pencil on board
Art Director - Deb Freytag
Original - SOLD
© 2016 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

I really enjoyed this one. Not only was this my second opportunity to paint a Rancor for the Star Wars games and it was the first chance to paint a Rancor on Dathomir. A win/win if I do say so. This art may have been cropped and flipped in the final card, FFG did feature it a lot on their website. Here is a look at the final card for the Rancor...

Rancor in handy dandy card form

Lastly, my Salacious B. Crumb painting my an encore appearance in Jabba's Realm on a pair of cards. The art was flipped and production pushed the background back a bit, but these things happen and are to be expected. Here are the new cards for Salacious B. Crumb...

Salacious B. Crumb in new handy dandy card forms

My Salacious B. Crumb painting is still one of my favorite pieces that I did for the Star Wars games and I am glad to have any opportunity to post it. Glad to see that it is still thought well enough by the folks at FFG to see print again. Here is my original painting of Salacious B. Crumb...

Salacious B. Crumb
10.6 x 7.9 - Digital
© 2014 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

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, July 31, 2017

Tools for the Job - Jabba's Realm - Imperial Assault

Today I have for you a new Star Wars piece that technically is not that new, I just have not shared it yet. This piece was released as part of the Jappa's Realm expansion for Star Wars Imperial Assault that came out in December of 2016. For some reason I am just now getting around to actually sharing it. Maybe because Gen Con is right around the corner and it will be making its debut there, who know. Anyway, here is Tools for the Job...

Tools for the Job
Star Wars Imperial Assault - Jabba's Realm
14 x 11 - Acrylic and pencil on board
Art Director - Deb Freytag
Original available at Gen Con 2017 - August 17-20
© 2016 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Tools for the Job - Drawing
Star Wars Imperial Assault - Jabba's Realm
17 x 14 - Acrylic and pencil on board
Art Director - Deb Freytag
Original available at Gen Con 2017 - August 17-20
© 2016 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

This was an interesting one. The main reason I jumped at this piece was because it needed to have an Aqualish in it and I had yet be asked to do an Aqualish focused illustration. The struggle with many of my Star Wars assignments is that they need to have very specific elements usually crammed into a very thin areas do to the bleed requirements and chrome restriction of the cards they will eventually be on. This one was no different. As you can see from the final production card, all the important information just barely makes into the image...

Tools for the Job in handy dandy card form

In the coming months I will share the process and steps that went into this piece as well as additional thoughts regarding making it. If you attending Gen Con 2017, be sure to stop by Artist Alley table 27 to see this painting first hand!

That is all for another exiting 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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gen Con: August 17 - 20! Artist Alley Table 27!

Gen Con is right around the corner! Once again I will be returning to the Gen Con Art Show in Indianapolis for the best four days in gaming (and gaming art). This year will be bigger and better than ever since this is Gen Con 50, and if I am not mistaken, is nearly sold out. I will be stocked up with paintings, drawings, prints, sketchbooks, artist proofs, playmats, and hopefully a surprise or two! I will be at Table 27 in the Artist Alley and here is a map so you don't get lost...

Remember... RUN! Don't walk to the Gen Con Art Show!
Be sure to come by Table 27 to see me!

If you are attending Gen Con be sure to come by the Art Show (I will be at Table 27) to see all the amazing artists that will be attending this year... because there will be a ton of them! Just like last year all the artists will be handling their own transactions, so no long lines and no multiple step process to get your hands on some art.

My booth at Gen Con 2016... RAWR!

I am planning to bring the Pokémon with me again this year. They were a huge hit last year and hopefully they will be well received again. I better start practicing drawing some legendary Pokémon!

Pokémon display from last year ... which will be the Pokémon display for this year

I hope to see you at Gen Con this year! It is always a ton of fun and is usually full of surprises. If you missed it, I will be at Table 24! ...taaaaaable 27.... RAWR!

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, July 24, 2017

Ophiomornous Bureaucrat - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

I have for you a new piece from The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia! Today's monster is the wily Ophiomornous Bureaucrat. When you are grossly wealthy from your wheeling and dealing in the governing networks of the Grand Bazaar you no longer need to worry about wasting effort on moving yourself around. Equipped with the the finest assistance platform from the Construct Guild the Ophiomornous Bureaucrat is ready to quote subclauses and bylaws regarding zoning and construction requirements all day long. Be sure you have your scrolls and paperwork filled out in triplicate when you are dealing with the Ophiomornous Bureaucrat...

Ophiomornous Bureaucrat
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available 
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

Ophiomornous Bureaucrat - Drawing
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

The Ophiomornous Bureaucrat was originally going to look a little different. I had worked up a concept, printed it out, and had begun working on the final drawing when I realized it just was not working. I did not feel the design had been pushed far enough. I felt there were still some issues in the assistance platform that were not working. This is my world and I get to make the rules and my original design for the Ophiomornous Bureaucrat was not cutting it. I destroyed the drawing that I had begun, reworked the design, and was instantly happy that I made the change. Here is the original concept for the Ophiomornous Bureaucrat...

Original concept for the Ophiomornous Bureaucrat
11 x 14 - Digital
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

Here are all the other completed monster for 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, Myopic Riflemen, Nimsbane Curse Victim, Ophiomornous Bureaucrat, Petrous Blacksmith, Saint Marque, Smokestack, Thrice, Virulent Artificer, Xandrell Tree, and Zombic Spore.
 
As an added bonus I have for you some images of the line work and rendering process of this piece so that you can get a better idea of it taking shape...


Ophiomornous Bureaucrat - Process © 2017 Christopher Burdett 

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, July 21, 2017

Looking Back: Hiveling Overlord - Draemblade

All good things come to an end. Today I am looking back at the final Dreamblade miniature design that I have never shared before here on the blog. I worked on Dreamblade from June of 2005 till January of 2007 and it was an amazing crash course in designing, drawings, and working in the game industry. Ten years later I have finally shared all of the work that I created for the game. Not sure why it took so long, but it did and it is weird that it is now over. Here is the design for the Hiveling Overlord which was part of the second expansion set to Dreamblade, Chrysotic Plague, released back in 2007...

Hiveling Overlord
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
© 2005 Wizards of the Coast LLC

The Hiveling Overlord, which was originally called the Spider King, was a really weird one to work on and definitely was a challenge for me at the time. Thankfully I was getting smarter about designing and evaluating my own work. Here is the description that I was given when designing the Hiveling Overlord...
"A burn victim "sits" with arms folded, looking forward, a slender sword clutched to his breast. His legs end at the thigh in ragged (but bloodless) stumps. However, growing from the king's shoulders are a set of spider-like legs, that provide all the support and mobility required. The king wears a crown that seem to be spider legs growing from his brow."
Like I said, this is a weird one. I got to work on the the design, but from the beginning I was just not feeling it. I felt restricted by the margins of my paper. I was not feeling the overall design and form. I was spinning my wheels even though I ended up with a finished drawing. I looked at it... looked some more... and came to realization that it was not working and that I needed to start over. I made a quick scan of the drawing for the achieves, but it went no further. Here is my abandoned first concept for the Hiveling Overlord...

Hiveling Overlord - Abandoned first design
9 x 12 - Pencil on paper
© 2006 Wizards of the Coast LLC

I immediately got out larger paper and began working up something that was bigger and had more space to live. I addressed everything that bothered me about my first design and pushed it all further. I was instantly happier with what I was creating and I knew that I made the right decision to start over. A lesson that is hard to learn and sometime harder to live by. Here is the version of the Hiveling Overlord that I turned in for review...

Hiveling Overlord - Original
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
© 2006 Wizards of the Coast LLC

As you can see the version I turned in and the final version are a little different. I was asked to revisit the hilt of the sword to make molding and casting easier and some 'ground' needed to be added so the miniature would stand on the base better. Other that that the design was accepted as is and I was given the go ahead to move forward on the rest of the views. Here is the full turnaround for the Hiveling Overlord...

Hiveling Overlord Turnaround
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper (multiple sheets)
© 2005 Wizards of the Coast LLC

Not sure if this miniature ever made a big space on the game scene. For me it always felt it was under the radar both game wise and design wise. Never caught anyone's attention. I sometimes forget this one is mine. Not sure why, but that is how I have felt regarding this miniature. Who knows, maybe there are a ton of people there that totally loved this one. Here is how the production miniature turned out for the Hiveling Overlord...

Hiveling Overlord

And just like that, my posts regarding Dreamblade come to an end. Maybe sometime new will surface in the future, maybe a long lost secret will emerge, or maybe I will find myself revisiting one of the these old designs to see how I would design it years later. You never know... but for now, I say goodbye to Dreamblade, you were an amazing project to work on, if only you had survived a little longer...

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