Friday, March 24, 2017

Cheap Golf - Pixeljam Kickstarter

Miles Tilmann of Pixeljam is running a 7 day Kickstarter campaign for a new game that looks like a lot of fun. The campaign that ends on Monday is a super retro humor packed golf game. Even better, even if you pledge on the campaign and it is not funded, you still get stuff! All the details are over on the KICKSTARTER! To quote the Kickstarter, "To be clear - if this campaign isn't funded, you don't get Cheap Golf, since it won't exist, but you won't be charged anything and you DO still get the Pixeljam game/album." The more you pledge the more you will get. It is a win/win situation, so there is no reason not to head over.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/milestilmann/cheap-golf/description

Here are some of gifs of the Kickstarter video so you can get a feel for what the game will look and feel like. I don't know about you, but this looks super fun!




If Pixeljam seems familiar, that is because I have shared some of my work that I did for some of their contests. I have known the guys behind Pixeljam since college and I can not speak highly enough about them and their work. Do yourself a favor and go help fun Cheap Golf!

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, March 22, 2017

Coveted Peacock - Conspiracy 2: Take the Crown - PROCESS

Today I have for you the process and steps that went into painting the Coveted Peacock from the Conspiracy 2 expansion of Magic the Gathering. This piece had some serious ups and downs. It was my first and currently last attempt to traditionally paint an assignment for Magic the Gathering. A lot to bite off, but I was feeling good about it at the time. In the end the piece was traditionally painted with a bit of digital finishing to get it to where I knew it needed to be so that it would be approved. Here is how the final printed version of the Coveted Peacock turned out...

Coveted Peacock - Final
Magic the Gathering - Conspiracy 2: Take the Crown
14 x 11- Acrylic on board with digital edits and finish
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© 2016 Wizards of the Coast

While the above image is how the card was printed, the actual real world painting looks a little different. Here is what the real world Coveted Peacock looks like...

Coveted Peacock - Original
Magic the Gathering - Conspiracy 2: Take the Crown
14 x 11- Acrylic on board 
Original - SOLD
© 2016 Wizards of the Coast

While they are very close, there are some differences. While I have talked to people who either love the original or who love the final, I want to be clear that the decision to make the final digital changes was completely mine. I knew that I needed to tweak the image to specific ways to better meet the MtG esthetics. It is possible that WotC would have never asked for edits and would have accepted the original and they very well could have asked for revisions that would have resulted in what I turned in as a final. We will never know, but I do know the final was accepted without revisions. Hopefully I saved my art director additional work and potential headache by adjusting the image ahead of time.

The assignment called for a gigantic peacock like bird flying high over the city with blue magic trailing from its tail. Seems easy enough, right? We shall see. I looked a lot, and I mean A LOT of peacock reference for this one. Almost enough to never want to look at another peacock ever again. To get things started I worked up some thumbnails...

Coveted Peacock - Thumbnails
© 2016 Wizards of the Coast

There are some of these I REALLY liked and was strongly hoping that would get picked. Alas, those thumbnails were not selected, which is totally okay and totally normal. If I didn't want to end up working on one of these thumbnails as the final piece I would not have submitted it. Don't turn in anything you don't want to work on! As you can see "F" was the winner, which means it is now time to get started on the final drawing...

Coveted Peacock - Drawing
Magic the Gathering - Conspiracy 2: Take the Crown
17 x 14 - Pencil on paper
© 2016 Wizards of the Coast

The drawing was approved without issue and I began prepping the painting and was gearing up to work on the toned paper value study. When the drawing was approved my art director was on vacation and another AD signed off on it. When my AD came back from her trip she asked for the wingspan to be increased on the peacock. Thankfully, I had only mounted the image of the drawing to the board and had not started painting or drawing on the toned drawing. I was able to adjust the the wingspan and get it approved and then remount the drawing and start on the toned paper drawing. Here is how the toned paper value study turned out...

Coveted Peacock - Toned drawing
Magic the Gathering - Conspiracy 2: Take the Crown
14 x 11 - Pencil on paper
© 2016 Wizards of the Coast

With an approved drawing and some sort of idea for the value of the piece it was time to get started on the final painting. In reality it felt more like riding a roller coaster while trying to paint. While I was trying to feel like I was in control of this painting at time I felt like the painting was shoving me around to get my lunch money. I can confidently say that I learned a lot while working on this painting. Not all of it was an easy learn, but I definitely figured out a thing or two by the time I was done with this one. Here is the break down of the painting coming together in many steps, this should give you a good feeling for how the painting took shape.

Coveted Peacock - Process progression
© 2016 Wizards of the Coast

From the beginning I planned on doing the magic effects digitally. I just did not want to risk going in over the final piece and doing something weird and magical only to have it be wrong. I just did not expect to do so much other tweaks digitally too. But I wanted to make the painting the best it could be for the client and that means doing everything within my skill sets to achieve that. Those little birds ended up being much more of a headache then I anticipated. As you can see I painted, repainted, and eventually painted over them. I am much happier with the digital versions. I should have done more research and studies of them at the very beginning instead at the end. They were just so stiff and flat in the original, thankfully they are moving forward in space from the peacock now. In the above images it should be very clear when I switched to working on the piece digitally. If not, it is when the peacock suddenly disappears as I am deconstructing and rebuilding the entire image. While I generally get my work done well ahead of deadline, this one went almost the end as I worked, fought, and reworked it. Here is an animated progression of the peacock coming together. This should give you a much better feel for the piece taking shape and evolving...

Coveted Peacock - Animated process
© 2016 Wizards of the Coast

Here again is the how the final Coveted Peacock turned out as well as the final production card...

Coveted Peacock - Final
Magic the Gathering - Conspiracy 2: Take the Crown
© 2016 Wizards of the Coast

Coveted Peacock 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, March 20, 2017

Saint Marque - Monsters on Toned Paper

I have for you a new piece from my series of toned paper monsters! Today's monster is the mighty Saint Marque. Saint Marque's purview is commerce, trade, and acquisition. Minder of the books and watcher of the totals, the buck truly does stop with Saint Marque...

Saint Marque
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available 
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

Saint Marque - Drawing
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

If you are keeping track, this is the thirteenth piece in this series that includes the Aberrant Stilter, Belled Kreep, Corrupted Knight, Dight-Kin, Eau-de-nil Elder, Footman, Gray Wanderer, Humgruffin Mother, Irritated Girasol, Kiplorbic Animal Dealer, Smokestack, and Thrice.
 
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...


Saint Marque - 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, March 17, 2017

SciFiction Interview at Pensacon

While I was at Pensacon last month I did a brief interview with the folks at SciFiction. In fact, I did one with them last year but apparently that interview got deleted by a now former employee. Anyway, if you are interested in staring at my huge head while I yammer about things I did and say incorrect words, I present to you this fun filled interview...



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, March 15, 2017

3D Gray Wanderer by David Olson

I am happy to share with you today a most excellent 3D model and render of my Gray Wander created by David Olson. David is a student at Gnomon and his interpretation of the Gray Wanderer won best of term for 3D Creature Summer 2016! I am blown away by David's work and his attention to all the detail I put into the original drawing had me double checking if I had in fact put all of it in there. Take some time and check out David's gorgeous version on the Gray Wanderer...

3D Model and Render of the Gray Wanderer
by David Olson

So cool! I am honored that David would choose one of my designs to work on. If you would like to compare and contrast David's version to mine, here is the original drawing. You will be hard pressed to find any differences and I love how David has interpreted my mark making into actual objects.

Gray Wanderer
9 x 12 - Pencil on paper
Original - SOLD
© 2014 Christopher Burdett

Also a tip of the hat to Ruben Ramos for alerting me to David's work when it was posted on the Gnomon Facebook page. Really glad to connect with David and to see his work.

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, March 13, 2017

Kiplorbic Animal Dealer - Monsters on Toned Paper

I have for you a new piece from my series of toned paper monsters! Today's monster is the ever vigilant salesbeing, a Kiplorbic Animal Dealer. The Kiplorbic Animal Dealers will hunt, trap, raise, or find any and all animal or creature that you might want. If you need a furry or feathered friend there is just one stop you need to make...

Kiplorbic Animal Dealer
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available 
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

Kiplorbic Animal Dealer - Drawing
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available 
© 2017 Christopher Burdett

If you are thinking that the Kiplorbic Animal Dealer looks familiar that is because they first appeared in my workin 2011 in a painting titled Haggling. My world building has been going on for a while now and has been manifesting itself in different ways. Here again is the first appearance for the Kiplorbic Animal Dealer...

Haggling
11.9 x 15.8 - Digital
© 2011 Christopher Burdett

If you are keeping track, this is the twelfth piece in this series that includes the Aberrant Stilter, Belled Kreep, Corrupted Knight, Dight-Kin, Eau-de-nil Elder, Footman, Gray Wanderer, Humgruffin Mother, Irritated Girasol, Smokestack, and Thrice.
 
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...


Kiplorbic Animal Dealer - 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, March 10, 2017

Infected By Art Book - Volume 5

Still catching up on announcements from the past couple of month. Happy to announce that once again I will be appearing in the Infected By Art Book. Volume 5 will be out later this year and I will have one piece featured in the book. This time around it will be my Fretwork Colony from Magic the Gathering Kaladesh expansion. Always interesting to see what gets picked by the judges. To be honest, this was the last piece I was expecting to get into the book... and it was the only piece to get in. You never can predict the outcome of these sort of things. Once again here is the Fretwork Colony...

Fretwork Colony
Magic the Gathering - Kaladesh
14 x 10.2- Digital
© 2016 Wizards of the Coast

A big thanks to the fine folks behind IBA and to everyone involved with the IBA5 selection process! I can not wait to see how this year's book turns out. Hopefully we will be getting out hands on them again at IX in October.

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, March 8, 2017

A Smuggler Returns in Star Wars Destiny

I have had a piece recently resurface in the new Star Wars card and dice game released by Fantasy Flight Games, Star Wars Destiny. Originally painted in late 2011 and then finally released in late 2013, my Hidden Cache art is having a new life as the Smuggling card. Good to see that my Mon Calamari smuggler is now finally getting some attention... six years after I painted it. Here is a look at the new card...

Smuggling card from Star Wars Destiny

Much like my Wookiee Navigator / Gunner card the Hidden Cache card did not get much attention and flew under the radar, but on its second printing in a different game it is getting some notoriety. Both the smuggler and the Wookiee were created for the Star Wars Card Games and then went on to a higher profile life in Destiny and X-Wing (respectively). Funny how that works. Here is the original art for the Hidden Cache, notice the crazy wide proportions of the art which was done before the final templates for the card game where locked down...

Hidden Cache
 Edge of Darkness LCC Expansion
10 x 6.5 - Digital
© 2013 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games

If you are interested I posted the process and steps that went into this painting here on the blog back in 2014. You can get a glimpse at how I use to do things back in 2011. I still have the toned drawing that I created in conjunction with this piece. Always loved how it turned out and still surprised I still have it...

Hidden Cache - Toned drawing
14 x 11 - Pencil on paper
Original - Available on my store
© 2013 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