I wanted to share with you today another Kickstarter that is deserving of your attention, Milivoj Ćeran's Norse Mythology Art Book. I have known Milivoj for a number of years now, and I have loved his work even longer. So happy to see that he has a Kickstarter up that features his original works based on Norse Mythology. The Kickstarter is already fully funded and quite a few of the stretch goals have been unlocked, so there is no reason to not jump in and pick yourself up a copy of this book. The previews look gorgeous and I can't wait to get my copy. Again, I encourage you to take this opportunity to back the Milivoj Ćeran Norse Mythology Art Book Kickstarter and get yourself some amazing art!
Today I have for you the steps and process that went into my Concussion Rifle card for the Galactic Ambitions expansion of the Star Wars LCG. I first announced this piece over a year ago and it is well past the appropriate time to share the process. Sometimes there just is not enough time and sometimes things slip through the cracks. Here is how the final Concussion Rifle painting
This was originally my one and only assignment for Galactic Ambitions and it received my full focus at the time I was working on it. The 4-LOM assignment came later. I started this piece off, as I do every assignment, with a reference shoot and thumbnails. Here are how the thumbnails turned out...
I really liked all of these thumbnails. I still do. I would really like to still go back and draw each of these thumbnails out into a finalized drawing. The Besalisk are a fun species and I find so much room for personality in their faces and anatomy. As you can tell by the final painting, option "B" was the winner and it was just as good as any for me at the time. Hindsight obviously shows that "B" is the overall best pick for the assignment, the card, and limited narrative of the piece.
Speaking of reference... I shared one of these at the time I first shared the card, but here are the other two reference composites that I used when working out the thumbnails. Nothing like making yourself out to be another monster...
Concussion Rifle reference
Photos by Achsa Nute
With reference and an approved thumbnail is was of course time to get started on the final drawing. A short time of scribbling and drawing later you get your very own finalized drawing...
There were no notes or issues with the drawing and I was given the go ahead to get started on the final painting. The only real art direction for this piece came with the art order, it needed to be a Besalisk holding the concussion rifle, the rifle was the focus, and it takes place outside. I think I nailed those points. In just 12 easy steps I had myself a painting. Or not... All things considered, this one did move along rather quickly. The environment was particularly fun. I wanted to do something with a lot of green and bendy trees. Here is the painting coming together...
With every painting I try to do something different. I might want to do something with the color palette, the equipment and gear, maybe something with the detail levels, or even hide something in plain sight to see if anyone notices. No matter what it is, I try to make each piece enjoyable to me on several different levels. This one is no different. I made it fun and I hope that reads in the final painting. Here is an animated progression of the painting so you can better see the steps in the process...
There were no notes of changes after the painting was turned in and this has been a favorite of mine since I completed it. This is not always the case with my work, but that is how it is sometimes. Here again is the finished painting as well as how it looks on the production card it was made for...
I am back from Pensacon 2017 and I had a truly amazing time while there. Last year was incredible and this year was exponentially better. I can not say enough good things about Pensacon and all those involved in making it happen. In my experience of conventions and events, Pensacon is a very special place run by a great team of people. I met a ton of really great people at Pensacon and there was never a
dull moment. It was great being able to share my work with so many
people and to send some of my monsters home with them. There is so much that is impossible to share here on the blog about my time at Pensacon. Accidental interactions with celebrity guests, great interactions with fans, super great cosplay, and unexpected moments galore are all around the entire weekend. So much fun and so much neat stuff all around! I am already looking forward to 2018!
A HUGE thanks goes out to Mike Ensley
for having me out and to all the staff and volunteers at Pensacon 2017.
Thank you so much for making my time at the con so much fun and
very very memorable! Here are some images and thoughts from Penascon 2017...
On the out ring the artist alley circles above the vendor floor.
Dear Wife assists in getting the booth ready to go.
As with last year I advertise forwards and backwards.
My favorites from the Thursday night drink and draw. Artist were given time limits and challenges while they drew in front of an audience. The drawings were later auctioned off to raise money for local community support groups.
Great view from the 11th floor of the event hotel.
The vendor floor is ready to go on the first day of Pensacon.
My booth is once again ready to go at Pensacon! RAWR!
My first panel of the convention was talking about makeup effects with an amazing group of artists.
Brain Muir, Robert Kurtzman, RJ Haddy, myself, and the missing from the picture Wade Acuff shared stories about making monsters for TV and movies. FUN TIMES!
The panel of the Match Games Friday night after the con. Mike Ensley was the host and I was on the the contestants.. the contestant that won!
Packed house at the Match Game.
Got a quick moment with James Leary who I have not crossed paths with since my time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Comic Book Men and their fans...
Crazy day Saturday.
Signed some Star Wars card!
Saw some Star Wars things...
Signed and sketched on many items that were auctioned off to support local community groups.
The artist ring.
The illustrator panel with Brian LeBlanc, Mark Maddock, Nen, and myself...
...and the crowd goes wild.
Signed some Magic Cards!
Slightly larger turnout for the Star Wars Expanded Universe (Legneds) panel
Kevin J. Anderson, Timothy Zahn, and somehow myself talk working on Star Wars outside of the movies.
Fun times meeting and talking with Angus MacInnes who played Gold Leader in Star Wars and Rogue One.
All good things come to an end, including Pensacon.
Dear Wife assists in tearing down the booth.
Before heading home I finally got a photo from our room of the frequent trains that come through Pensacola.
That is all for another exciting Tuesday on the blog, see you back here on Wednesday! Until then...
Starting today (Feb 17th), Pensacon will be running through Sunday (Feb 19th) and I will be a guest of the convention in the artist alley. I will have my usual assortment of original art, prints, sketchbooks, artist proof, RAWR! shirts, and all things monsters at my booth. While supplies last, I will have at my booth a limited edition signed and numbered print of the VIP shirt design I did for Pensacon. I will also be taking part in three panel discussions over the weekend as well. I hope to see you out there, Pensacon is a ton of fun!
Come see me and a whole lot more at Pensacon 2017!