Monday, October 16, 2017

Illuxcon 2017 Preparations

On Friday I mentioned I will be returning to the Illuxcon Showcase this coming Friday and Saturday, October 20-21. I have been hard at work preparing for the Showcase and for Illuxcon in general. While most of my attention has been put towards the presentation of The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia (more on this soon at ethravandalia.blogspot.com), I have been hard at work to improve my overall appearance at conventions. Since I am in the Showcase and I am flying, it was all about lightweight, compact, and focused presentation.

Many people I know were sporting new cloth table runners at Gen Con and I instantly knew that was the way to go for all future conventions. They are lightweight, full color, and you just lay them out and you are all set. There is no longer an issue of hanging a table banner off the front of a table. My brand new table runner is all ready for the IX Showcase...

New table runner will be replacing my table banner! RAWR!

The past two years I have shipped a great deal of art to and from Illuxcon. I can not easily make the drive to Pennsylvania from Florida so shipping is really the only option for any large amount of art. It has been well worth the investment to have the art there, but there is a certain amount of stress and time involved to do all that shipping. Now that I will be back in the Showcase I can scale the amount of work I am taking way back. While I will not have as great of a selection with me at IX, compared to the last couple of years, hopefully I will still have enough with me to interest those at the Showcase. In the end though, it is not so much about sales for me at IX this year, but rather getting the word out about The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia, attending workshops and seminars, and looking at all the amazing art in the Main Show. I have been working IX the last two years and I am really looking forward to attending IX again!

The difference between being in the Main Show vs the Showcase...
When I am in the Showcase my entire set up is little more than a suitcase.

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, October 13, 2017

IX 2017 Showcase in One Week!

A week from today I will be returning to the Illuxcon Showcase! I cut my teeth in the IX Showcase and it is exciting to be returning. If you are attending IX this year I hope to see you next Friday and Saturday night at my table. I am using the Showcase to debut many of my originals from The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia and will be sharing a lot about my project with those attending. If you have been curious about what I am planning, the IX Showcase is the place to be! I will have many of my other drawings, sketchbooks, and artist proofs with me as well, so I will have plenty to sell. My table will be divided in two, one half The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia and the other half my client and unrelated personal work. I look forward to seeing you there and to talking about The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia!

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, October 11, 2017

Announcing The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia Standalone Blog!

I am happy to announce the beginning of a new blog that is completely focused around The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia! This will be the one stop location for all the news, updates, sneak peeks, and exclusive first looks at content for this project. If you are curious about what The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia has in store, then this is the place to go! While I will share the art that is going into this project here on this blog, The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia Blog will offer up exclusive sneak peeks at the stories and characters inhabiting the Grand Bazaar, and hopefully a whole lot more. You won't learn all the secrets, but you will definitely get a glimpse of things to come. I have already put up a post about the Gray Wanderer, the  first piece that started off my work on this project! I hope you enjoy what you see taking shape over on this blog, it is just the beginning. 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, October 9, 2017

Yuan-ti Broodguard Miniature - Tomb of Annihilation

The Tomb of Annihilation miniatures set for Dungeons & Dragons was recently released and it looks like one of the pieces in the set is based on one of my monsters from Volo's Guide to Monsters, the Yuan-ti Broodguard. Here is a look at the miniature...

Yuan-ti Broodguard Miniature - Tomb of Annihilation
© 2017 Wizards of the Coast LLC

It is a tiny little miniature, but it looks great and has a ton of detail. Always neat to see miniatures based on my work, or at least used my work as reference for the miniature. Here is a look at my illustration of the Yuan-ti Broodguard that appeared in Volo's Guide to Monsters so you can compare the two. RAWR!

Yuan-Ti Broodguard
11 x 14 - Digital
Art Director - Kate Irwin
© 2016 Wizards of the Coast LLC

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, October 6, 2017

Kickstarter Roundup - Flegal, Sass, Seaman, and Walpole!

Today on the blog I wanted to point out some current Kickstarter projects by friends of mine that I think you all might be interested it. Most of these have just begun or have a while still to go and at least two of them are already funded. All of these campaigns feature amazing art by awesome people and if you have not already checked them out, you should do so NOW! 


First up is Sam Flegal's Fateful Signs: The Illustrated Voluspa. I shared with you Sam's Fateful Signs: The Illustrated Havamal Kickstarter from last year which I was really excited about. I am even more excited about his new book in the series. The art looks to be even better, the book looks to be even better, and Sam is really hitting his stride with his Fateful Signs work. I can not speak highly enough about this Sam's work and I strongly urge you to be a part of this campaign. Even if you missed his first book, you can still get one through the current campaign!


Second is Mike Sass's Epic Fantasy Painting DVD. Mike is a great guy with a gorgeous painting style and he has worked on a ton of great projects producing beautiful art. This DVD covers his entire painting process and goes into a lot of detail on how we approaches a painting. From drawing, shooting reference, color theory, and painting process and technique this 5.5 hour DVD tutorial is a must for students and aspiring artists. Even veteran artists that are making the transistion to oils can learn a lot from Mike's DVD. I urge you to go check out the campaign and support Mike's efforts!


Third is Chris Seaman's Cameo Creeps Set III. Again, I have shared Chris's previous Cameo CreepsKickstarter here on the blog. I love Chris's work and we own three Cameo Creeps originals as part of our art collection. Chris is building up an amazing empire of original monsters and I STRONGLY urge you to take the time to head over and see what Chris is doing if you are unfamiliar with his work. Cameo Creeps is only going to get bigger and better so you don't want to miss out on the new Creeps. Earlier sets are sold out, so you need to act fast!


Last, but not least, is Tyler Walpole's Blood of the Dragons: Prelude. In Tyler's own words, "Over the last few years, between freelance illustration gigs, I have been slowly developing my own urban-fantasy story setting, called: Blood of Dragons. And now, I’m asking your help to bring the first art book in the series into the world." Tyler is an amazing guy and I love his work. He has been knocking it out of the part with his Blood of Dragons work and it is so exciting to finally see it coming together. You need to see what he is doing, so head on over to Tyler's campaign and be a part of the world he is building!

That's 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, October 4, 2017

Fortified Holding Cells - Star Wars: Ancient Rivals - Process

Today I have for you the steps and process that went into my Fortified Holding Cells card for the Ancient Rivals expansion of the Star Wars LCG. I first announced this piece about a year ago and it is well past the appropriate time to share the process. Here is how the final Fortified Holding Cells painting turned out...

Fortified Holding Cells
Star Wars LCG - Ancient Rivals
11 x 14 - Acrylic and pencil on board
Art Director - Taylor Ingvarsson
© 2016 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

This was my first first opportunity to work on a Talz so I was pretty excited about that. Anytime I get to work on an original Star Wars alien or sneak one into the background I am happy. As with all my work I started things off with some thumbnails...

Fortified Holding Cells - Thumbnails
© 2016 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

While option 'A' was the winner, I was asked to flip the piece horizontally. It apparently fit the card template with all its chrome better flipped. With a click of a button the thumbnail was flipped and approved and I would get started on the finalized drawing.

Fortified Holding Cells
Star Wars LCG - Ancient Rivals
17 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Art Director - Taylor Ingvarsson
© 2016 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

This was a really straight forward piece. I had lots of reference, I knew what needed to be done and there wasn't any huge unknowns or crazy aspects to this piece. It came together quickly and it was just a mater of being in my chair working to get it done. Here is a look at the painting coming together in 14 steps. As with all my paintings I work back to front touching the entire painting as I go.

Fortified Holding Cells - Process steps
© 2016 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

While I really like this piece I am still concerned it looks to static and motionless. The other thumbnails always read better to me and seemed to convey more motion. For reference I pounded on a wall while being photographed so that I could get some good images of the desired action. I picked the ones that I felt worked best for action, for the composition, and worked in the limitations of the template. Looking back now, maybe the other two have more action? Or maybe not. Hindsight is not always 20/20. The splatter of blood adds a lot of movement, so that is a plus.

Here is an animated process progression of the painting coming together so that you can better see the change from step to step. There is always a certain level of color and clarity issues when I take images of my paintings with my phone. But I don't think it distracts enough to get the point across.

Fortified Holding Cells - Animated progression
© 2016 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

There were no notes of changes after the painting was turned in, which is always nice. Here again is the finished painting as well as how it looks on the production card it was made for...

Fortified Holding Cells
Star Wars LCG - Ancient Rivals
11 x 14 - Acrylic and pencil on board
Art Director - Taylor Ingvarsson
© 2016 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Fortified Holding Cells in handy dandy card form

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, October 2, 2017

Fool Me Once - Imperial Assault - Ahsoka Tano Ally Pack

Last week I had a piece of art spoiled in the upcoming Ahsoka Tano Ally Pack form Star Wars Imperial Assault. I was very happy to see this piece surface because I originally painted this piece back in April of 2015 and the project that it was intended for ended up being canceled. While I assumed it would surface eventually, you just never know how long it will take. Two and half years is not too bad of a wait. While I should not talk about what this piece was initially for, I will saw it was going to be used in Imperial Assault, so it is nice it still found a home in the same game. Here is how the now named Fool Me Once card turned out...

Fool Me Once
Star Wars Imperial Assault - Ahsoka Tano Ally Pack
14 x 11 - Acrylic and pencil on board
Art Director - Deb Freytag
Original - Available soon
© 2017 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Fool Me Once - Drawing
Star Wars Imperial Assault - Ahsoka Tano Ally Pack
17 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Art Director - Deb Freytag
Original - Available soon
© 2017 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

I was really excited about this piece at the time. Some of that excitement was for the intended usage of this art. Though that is now no longer happening I am still happy to see this piece getting used. If you were wondering, yes, all the graffiti on the walls does say stuff. In the final I did obscure the graffiti a bit, but the original painting it is still all legible. Some of the stuff on the walls reads, "Yavin 4 was an inside job", "Down with the Empire", and "Hunt or be hunted". This piece featured a bunch of Trandoshans, which is always nice, and the opportunity to put in a bunch of other aliens. A win/win in my book! I ended up producing several additional pieces of art related to this that were going to be used in various other levels of production. Can't really talk about them, but here they are...

Fool Me Once - Hero figure
Star Wars Imperial Assault
6 x 9.3 - Digital finish over Acrylic and pencil on board
Art Director - Deb Freytag
© 2017 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Fool Me Once - Full figure drawing
Star Wars Imperial Assault
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Art Director - Deb Freytag
Original - Available soon
© 2017 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

Last but not least, here is an image of the art in use on the card. There was a *LITTLE* cropping of the image, but you get the idea. I heard through the grapevine that this art may be making an appearance in another SW game where you will be able to see more of the entire image, which is always nice.

Fool Me Once 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 are lucky, I might even share some silly photo reference of my being all the aliens!

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, September 29, 2017

Put Away the Pitchforks

First, I would like to thank the greater gaming and art communities for all the support regarding a resent run in with an art thief that I posted about on Wednesday. It is reassuring that people out there really do support artists and care that they and there art is treated with respect. Every time I have a run in like this I question the integrity of my endeavors and worry that all my efforts are all for naught and it will all be stolen in the end. My post got shared in the ball park of a hundred times across Facebook and at last count the post had been viewed over 11,000 times. I  definitely hit a nerve and my message resonated with a lot of people.

That said, calls for violence and physical harm on the person that stole my art is CATEGORICALLY UNACCEPTABLE! This is not how I treat people, even if someone has wronged me, and I would expect to not be treated this way, even if I have wronged someone. Threats of physical violence, even if made in jest, are FAR worse than the stealing of my art. Likewise, the unsolicited harassment and verbal attacks on this individual are not acceptable. The intent of my post was to call attention to a systemic and continuing problem that people who create things experience. This person is but one of many that do this and should not be treated as a scapegoat for all art theft. We do not blame a single drop of rain for the destruction of a hurricane, no matter how much of a jerk that drop of rain is. This was NOT a call to action against this person and this is NOT a call to attack and persecute this person.

While some of you may think you are retaliating on my behalf, it is not warranted or appropriate. I would have never made this public if the individual had not severed communication after sending me his little manifesto. My post was meant as a warning to other artists and as a bit a humor looking at this persons behavior and how they think treating artists is appropriate. Threats, harassment, violence, and mistreatment of any kind are not acceptable responses to this. The situation and his behavior are frustrating. He did act with contempt towards me and my art and has violated my copyright of my art. Even with all this, there is no need for calls of lawsuits, threats of violence, or the demand to have projects that he has worked on for ten year removed from the web. It would be next to impossible to prove damages, plus it would be a huge waste of time and money on my end, violence is never the answer for most things, and it is distasteful to contemplate destroying another creative person's work simply to revenge their mistreat of my creative work. Yes he did something wrong, but destroying him utterly is not a way to solve this issue.

I am fairly sure no one that has read my post, shared it, and commented on it actually know this person. We do not know the ups and downs of his life. What he has dealt with or what he has to deal with. True, his behavior towards me does paint him with a fairly wide brush and gives us an opinion of the kind of person he is, but we all make mistakes, we all have bad days. Granted, it is obvious he did not make a mistake and he knowingly and purposefully stole my art and ideas, but persecuting him across the internet is not the answer. Many people have spoken of unfriending him, blocking him, and blacklisting him. While many more has said they have been blocked by him, even for simply attempting to get his side of his story in all this. His words and behavior are not very mature, but this is not grounds for attacks. He has had enough. I don't see any of this changing how he behaves. Hopefully after all this people will be more vigilante in the protection of artists and their work and be more aware to the prolific nature of art theft. 

I use this blog to document my journey as a working artist and this is but one small part of it. I am approached constantly with the request to use my art without pay, in ways that breach copyright and usage rights, and any number of ways that benefit the other person and in no way benefit me. I stumble upon my work being stolen all the time and address it, privately. About every six months I run into a real doozy of a person that behaves in a way that is completely unacceptable. I have shared only a couple of those and this was one. Maybe I should not have share this. While the support of the community is great, the attacks on the person are counter productive. This blog is about art and making monsters and the journey that it has taking me on to be a better person and artist. This blog is not about tearing people down, even ones that have done something wrong. Please treat people with respect, even when none is given in return. It is something I struggle with, but we can all strive to be better... even Alexis.

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 27, 2017

Yet Another Ignorant Art Thief

Before I start this let me say that there by far more important issues going on in this country and world right now other than stealing art. Issues of life and death and issues that have real serious repercussions, but I can not control those things and this blog has always been about my career as a working artist. I can't save the world, but I can call out ignorant people that like to steal art.

I received this comment on my blog a month or so ago from Alexis Smolensk:

"Just wanted to tell you that I'm working on a rewrite of D&D monsters for my gaming blog, and this image encouraged me to completely rewrite the boring beetle's description. I really don't need another big fighting beetle - this was better.

I'm afraid I'm stealing your pic for the wiki, but I'll give you a credit. I've cut the pic a bit so it will fit on my layout, making your blog's name hard to read, so I've created a caption. I've also linked the pic to your blog. The page is here:

http://tao-of-dnd.wikispaces.com/Beetle+%28giant+boring%29
(this link has since been taken down)
I've done the same with the bombadier beetle:

http://tao-of-dnd.wikispaces.com/Beetle+%28giant+bombadier%29"
(This link is still up but the art of someone else is currently being used without credit)


Okay. My response appreciated their interest in my work, but I had not given them permission to use my work, nor had I been paid for the use of my art in their project. I did not even address that not only were they using my art without permission they were using my ideas involved with my redesign of this monster. It is my art, I do have say over its use. Plain and simple. It is mine and I can at least expect a certain level of respect or to have some level of control over it.

What got me was the use of the word "stealing". While I am impressed that credit is being given, the intent was theft, not only of my art, but my ideas. I am getting really frustrated that giving credit is the most we can hope for. Credit should be the starting point of the discussion of usage, not the end. This whole thing could have been handled in so many different way. They could have approached me ahead of time with an inquiry to use or license my work. They could have even not contacted me. I would never know they were stealing my art and ideas. I do not have the time, energy, or interest to spend my time hunting down the unapproved use of my art. Instead of any of these options they contacted me after the fact and told me they were stealing my art. My response to this comment was probably stronger then it needed to be, but this is all getting old and they admitted they were stealing my ideas and art.

Of course, in response to my request for them to stop using my art without my permission they doubled, or even tripled, downed on their stance with this gem of a message on Facebook. Keep in mind their sent me this on Facebook and then (from what I can not tell) blocked me so that I could not respond back. The classic internet tough guy move.

"I think you should know that my wiki receives more than 1,000 page views a day, most of which goes to the most recent added content, such as your work last week, and consistently dozens of views for months afterwards. I considered putting your name and link on the content as free advertising, beneficial for you, which is compensation in the world of business. In future, if you don't want things stolen from you, I suggest not putting in a public place far from your house and your ability to observe what happens to it. I suggest you put it behind a wall, where you can better protect it. Take note. I did not need to inform you at all about your content; most of the internet would not. I was direct and open about its use and I am direct and open about taking it down. You won't find this sort of treatment to be common. Finally, if you wish to sell your work, I suggest improving your work. The only value it had to me was in depicting a specific kind of monster for someone to see what that monster looked like. I have many other options for that. But the idea that your work, as shown, has monetary value, is laughable. I certainly wouldn't pay for it. You have a long way to go as an artist. I do wish you luck in that regard. It will go hard on you if you insist on treating collaboration, which is what I was offering, as an insult and not praise. As one artist to another, we all need friends. I happen to be a writer. I write thousands of words of content for free and am compensated happily by hundreds and hundreds of persons who, seeing my free work, want more. They want to buy anything I put in front of them because they cannot get enough. You should get out of your head that any work you create has value in itself. You are the artist. YOU are the value. If someone in the future "steals" you work (and it certainly won't be me, not ever), I suggest you be flattered, you point out to everyone you know that your work is somewhere else on the internet and you ask for as much credit as you can get to move your name into other people's thoughts. Your approach that work = transaction = money is dead and gone, has been since the internet broke. You want to be an artist? Time to get with the future. I might have been happy to give you as much good press as I could give, talking to my readership. But you've pissed on all that now, for short-term gain. I suspect you've been art-school trained. Your approach usually comes from that kind of field. You're going to find that won't work for you, not in this century and not in this decade. I tell you this sincerely and in your interest, though I know that you're plenty furious by now."

While this speaks for itself, let's break this down. First, I did not even read this till weeks after he sent this to me. I really did not care what he had to say and I didn't have the time or energy to waste on what turned out to be exactly what I expected. In fact I ended up reading this while my wife and I were in Paris a week or two ago. My wife was using my phone to coordinate the evacuation of our cats from our home as hurricane Irma headed towards Florida and she stumbled upon this unread message. She responded for me, but the account was already blocked and it went nowhere. Oh well, these internet tough guys stamp their little feet and scream their little words and then slam the door so they are always correct in their eyes.

This message is a classic. It starts with how awesome he is and how important his blog is and how he is doing me a favor by including my art in his project. Weeeee! OH BOY! Gosh, that is swell! Then of course he blames the victim for his crime. If I don't want my art stolen I need to lock it away so not one can see it. This is laughable. How about you don't steal peoples art? I guess stores need to have DO NOT STEAL signs above ever item?

I RAWR'd with laughter when I read this, "Finally, if you wish to sell your work, I suggest improving your work. / But the idea that your work, as shown, has monetary value, is laughable. I certainly wouldn't pay for it. You have a long way to go as an artist." So my art is good enough to steal the ideas from it and to use on my blog, but it also sucks? I am confused. Let me check my credentials: I have designed makeup effects for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly (just to name a few) and I am an artist for Magic the Gathering, the Star Wars games, and Dungeons & Dragons (that game that he is making all his fan fiction for), not to mention many many others. You know what, here is my RESUME, it is a little out of date but should give you an idea of my work experience. In a couple of months it will mark the beginning of my 18th year as a working professional artist, but sure, yeah, I have a long way to go. Also, I have to turn down work constantly. I do not have time to take on all the projects that come my way. Real projects, with real clients, that pay real money.

"It will go hard on you if you insist on treating collaboration, which is what I was offering, as an insult and not praise. As one artist to another, we all need friends." Collaboration is when two or more people are working on a project together not when one person steals another person's art and ideas to use in their own project. Stealing art and ideas is not how you make friends. Funny how that works.

Then he is going on about how he is a noble writer who works for free and then people buy his work and how I should give my stuff away and that will magically turn into money. Same old worn out tripe that I have heard a million times. I think Harlan Ellison has something to say about this...



"I suspect you've been art-school trained. Your approach usually comes from that kind of field." When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me. I am an open book on this blog, I went to Florida State University which is definitely an art school. I never had a single professional practices course and I had professors that openly taught stealing from others. I knew it was wrong then and I know it is still wrong. Make your own damn art or pay the people that are working with you.

Finally, "I tell you this sincerely and in your interest, though I know that you're plenty furious by now.", you know what, in a sincerity, I laughed when I read this. I laughed long and hard and then I felt really really sad for this person. They are so misguided or ignorant... or both. But they are an internet tough guy and slammed the door closed after they shouted into the internet at me for calling them out for stealing. I guess they won.


*UPDATE* It has been pointed out to me that one of the images that started all this was still on his site. After further investigation not only are the images in question that he told me he removed are still on his site, but several more of my giant beetle drawings as well. So, we can add LIAR to list of his crimes. Way to stay classy, Alexis!

*UPDATE*  Some have questioned if I was in fact sharing all of the communication with this person and being fully transparent. The conversation started in the comments section of the post containing one of the pieces of art he stole. It is still all public and nothing has been edited. Not knowing if my comment would be seen on my blog, I sent it to him on Facebook to be sure that my art was removed. Here is a screen caps of the conversion. I repeated what I said on my blog, then he responded and then blocked me ending all communication with him. Notice the "You can not reply conversation" at the bottom. He told me he is stealing my art and ideas. I told him not without paying me. Then he sent me the manifesto and ended the conversation.


*UPDATE* I have some additional thoughts I think are extremely important to consider in all this. I have put them all in a new blog post for ease of reading. Please give it a read.

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 25, 2017

Quincaillerie - 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 one being shop, the Quincaillerie (Ken-kel-lay). Not every merchant at the Grand Bazaar has a shop, tent, or even a rug on the street, some carry their wares as they wonder the streets and alleys looking for customers. Without the overhead of a shop or the burden of taxes and fees for owning a more permanent retail space, these wandering merchants can often undercut competitors and still turn a profit. Only the most sturdy of beings can handle this grueling job, so if you are up for it, maybe you can be a Quincaillerie...

Quincaillerie
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available 

© 2017 Christopher Burdett

Quincaillerie - Drawing
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
© 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, Quincaillerie, Saint Marque, Smokestack, Thrice, Uncanny Scribe, 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... 


Quincaillerie - 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, September 22, 2017

Catacombs of Paris

I am still getting my feet under me from our recent vacation. We spent five days in Paris, France and six days in Florence, Italy. A truly amazing time and I have MANY images to share on the blog in the fullness of time. I have much to catch up on and much to do in general right now, so a photo dump is a little low on my priority list. That said, I have for you some images from the Catacombs of Paris. We took a small group guided tour of the catacombs and it was amazing. We got to see some areas that were generally off limits to most visitors and our guide was very knowledgeable and she had a ton of amazing stories and information to share with us. It was a highlight of our trip. If you are visiting Paris be sure to book a tour in advance! Without further adieu, here is a glimpse of the Catacombs of Paris...

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That's all for another exciting week on the blog, see you back here on Monday! Until then...

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