Friday, November 16, 2018

The Return of the Gazer - Dragon Heist

Recently it came to my attention that one of my Dungeons & Dragons pieces has made a repeat appearance in the new Dragon Heist book. It is a book I would have really liked to work on, so technically I did. Here is a look at the cover of the book, it is FULL of great art and I hear it is a really fun adventure and offers a lot of world building...

Dragon Heist for all you heisted dragon needs!

If you flip to the back to the monster section you will be able to find the Gazer. I originally created the Gazer for Volo's Guide to Monsters. A lot of talk about Volo's on the the blog this week. Now THAT was a great book to work on! Here is the page from Dragon heist with the Gazer on it...

Gazer's return! RAWR!

Lastly, here is the full art that I did of the Gazer for Volo's. I really liked how this one turned out and it is nice to see it making its return. I am sure it was just an oversight, but I was not credited in Dragon Heist. These things happen and WotC always goes out of their way to make sure everyone gets credited. Just look at my post about the Dungeons & Dragons Dungeonology book to know what a great job they do to credit artists. Like I said, these things happen and it is a fluke for it to slip through the cracks. Not even sure why I brought it up, just in case you went looking for my name I guess. ANYWAY... here is the art for the Gazer...

Beholder Gazer
11 x 14 - Digital
Art Director - Kate Irwin
© 2016 Wizards of the Coast LLC

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

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Handmade Morkoth Miniature by Drew Nosotti

Recently it came to my attention that a second person has made a really cool handmade miniature based off my Morkoth illustration from Volo's Guide to Monsters. As with the previous miniature it was posted in a Facebook group. With my love of miniature it is so exciting to see people taking my work and being inspired enough to create their own miniatures. To start things off, here is a look at my illustration of the Morkoth...

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

I love that the Morkoth seems to be a monster that demands a miniature and people are stepping up to make their own. Drew Nosotti has given me permission to share his photos of his Morkoth miniature and I think it is just wonderful. Drew did a really great job and I think it is extremely faithful to the illustration. This continues to be the kind of thing that gets me excited about working in the gaming industry, people making their own stuff based on the worlds that you help create. Enough of my talking, here is Drew Nosotti's Morkoth miniature...

Morkoth Miniature by Drew Nosotti
Images used with permission of Drew Nosotti

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Return of the Wookiee Navigator - Veteran Turret Gunner

A quick post today about the return of the very first Star Wars card I ever painted. The Wookiee Navigator first saw life in the Star Wars Card Game and went fairly unnoticed. When it was added to to the X-Wing miniature game as the Gunner card it got a lot of attention. Now that the second edition of X-Wing has been released it looks like the Gunner card has made the leap and is now the Veteran Turret Gunner. Here is look at the original art from 2012...

Wookiee Navigator
© 2012 Fantasy Flight Games

The good thing is that this time around the art is a little bigger. I think. Never the less, it is on a bigger card. I think. Which ever it is, here is the card...

Veteran Turret Gunner Card

If you want to get your hands on the card all you need to do is buy one of the new Y-Wing ships and it will be in there...

X-Wing 2nd Edition release of the Y-Wing that contains the Veteran Turret Gunner

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, November 5, 2018

The Kitten That Ate My Blog

Last Tuesday I walked into the same park I walk every day. Last Tuesday was different. Last Tuesday there was a very small kitten all alone and crying in the tall grass. Momma cat was nowhere to be found and there were no other kittens. I found the nest that the kitten was a couple of feet away from and it too was empty. After a hiss or two the kitten was snuggled up against my leg as I knelled in the grass looking for other kittens. It did not resist me picking it up and at that moment I knew I most likely had a kitten. Walked home with a kitten tucked in my shirt and made a quick drive to our vet. The kitten was pronounced healthy and was about three to four weeks old. Kitten spent the rest of the day at the vet while I got things situated. He does not want a bottle and is learning to eat cat food with kitten formula mixed in AND, most importantly, he uses the litter box like a champ. He is coming with me to the office for feeding and care part of the week. He has also devoured my ability to get any work done at home. I was able to make some notes for revisions to some of my writing last week, but I was not able to get anything actually written until yesterday. The kitten has become more mobile and is exploring more and sleeping a lot. So I have finally been able to carve out time to work.

This is little Mietze (rhymes with pizza) and he is being the cutest little distraction possible...

 Jonsey is not happy about the arrival of Mietze, hopefully in time it will change.

That's 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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Art in Unexpected Places - Halloween 2018

I have shared with you before some of the fun stuff one of our neighbors does throughout the year. When it is not revolving art on their fence it is fun Halloween displays. This year they upped their game and did a display that changed throughout the month. While I missed getting a full image of their first display (there was a hurricane that interrupted everything and I did not know that the display would be gone) I got plenty of image of the second and third displays. I have some image to share with you today of their Halloween displays... on Halloween!

Reaper is an art curator when not gathering souls

The subtly of the brush work, the layers of meaning in every image, Reaper truly knows his art

The first display that I missed was a afternoon lunch on the lawn

Everyone was gathered round the table for a fine meal and there were some that got table scraps

Lastly, we have some good old trick or treating

Aren't you a little big to trick or treat?

 Reaper says NEVER! You are never to old to trick or treat!

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 29, 2018

Remaining Limited Edtion Grand Bazaar Prints NOW AVAILABLE!

Prior to Illuxcon I spared with you the limited edition print for The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia that my wife and I collaborated on. More than half of the print run have already sold so I am making the remaining copies available on my store. They are selling fast, so if you would like one I suggest heading over and picking one up for yourself today!

 Limited to an edition of 25, these prints are distressed, marked, stamped, and assembled by hand and are a collaboration between myself and Achsa Nute.

 Three of the prints side by side to show off how they are unique pieces.

 Limited to 25, once they are gone, they are gone.

 All prints are signed by both Achsa Nute and myself.

 A closer look at the flyer component of the print.

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

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Illuxcon 2018 - Urban Sketching Workshop

I had the great opportunity to again take part in the Urban Sketching Workshop at Illuscon this year. The workshop is run by Sean Murray and Ron Lemon and it has been the highlight of my IX for the past two years. I highly recommend taking part in the workshop if possible. Last year was my first year in the workshop and it was a crash course to get my brain around the idea of urban sketching as well as looking and thinking about architecture and non-creature stuff differently. Hopefully you can see some of that in all the work that I have completed this year. I have been slowly moving towards building more and more of the full world around my monsters and stories and the workshop last year really gave me the kick I needed to get my brain moving in the right direction. Returning to the workshop again this year I feel I was able to build on the last year's work as well as get a fresh take on things. We visited new locations that offered a lot of character and interesting things to draw. I definitely got a my brain moving in an exciting direction as it pertains to the architecture that will be happening in the Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia. This year's workshop was a little different too. We were asked to constrain our drawings to boxes for part of the workshop, do multiple studies from different angles of the same thing, and to do one longer piece that was based on world around us that was then modified by us to become something different. These were all fun twists and added a lot to the workshop. I am really looking forward to taking part in it again next year. For now, here are some select images from the workshop...

Multiple studies of this really cool fire plug. I have a whole new appreciation for these objects and will be spending more time looking at them for inspiration. This is also one of the favorite pages that I created this year at the workshop.

Wenches and things at the GoogleWorks.

Part of a furnace for making glass. The glass blowing workspace was active and open for us to draw in at the GoogleWorks while we were taking part in our own workshop.

Lastly, this is also one of my favorites, it was a longer sketch that worked what I saw into stuff that was in my head. This one was a lot of fun, though I feel I was a little hesitant with it. There is way more real world in this one that I would have liked. But it was my first attempt at doing it, so no worries. I hope we do more of this next year! Now that I have done one I wast to do more.

That is all for another exciting week on the blog, see yo back here on Monday! Until then...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Illuxcon 2018 Recap

Another Illuxcon has come and gone and while it is a 4-5 day for most it seems to pass in a blink of the eye. I had a truly amazing time this year and while each IX is different and special in its own way, this was particularly great. It is funny when I think back that I use to do daily coverage of IX when I first started attending. I would write my post late at night or first thing in the morning but no matter what I had a blog post up about the previous day. Now I have one big post at the end. I wonder where I found the time and energy to do that. I could use some of that these days since by the end of IX I am exhausted. There is just so much to do, so many people to see, so much art to take in, and so much going on. This year I think I found myself in the GoogleWorks the least of any previous year. Not that I was not there, only my attention and time was spent on events outside of the GW. I had the opportunity to be part of the Urban Sketch Workshop hosted by Ron Lemon and Sean Murray. It was even better than last year, or at least I got a LOT more out of it this year. A lot probably has to do with that fact that I have been going a lot of large environmental illustrations this year and already participated in their workshop last year. Needless to say I will try to take part in the workshop again next year. I will have my sketches from the workshop up on the blog on Friday. I was part of the Showcase again this year and had loads of fun. It was a really great Showcase and while only 8 hours in length it felt simultaneously that it was way longer and nowhere near as long. If every event could be like this year's IX Showcase I would never have want to complain. Then there is being back among the art community and all our art family! So many wonderful people attend IX and while there is never enough time the moments we have are treasured. Got to meet several new folks that are very cool, got to know acquaintances even better, and reconnected with long time friends. It is good for the soul and good for your art. Last year I was energized to return home to draw and keep working on the Grand Bazaar. This year I am even more so energized, but this time around I am energized to write and see that this book is completed in the coming year. There are no events like IX out there that I have ever attended. It is wonderful event. Unfortunately, this year I did a horrible job of taking pictures. It slipped my mind constantly as I was enjoying the moments and did not feel the need to hide behind my phone. Even so, here are some images and additional thoughts from IX 2018...


 I have nothing but the best helpers when preparing for IX

 Our IX weekend in its entirety. This includes everything from clothes, costumes, art, and my entire Showcase table set up. It can be a little scary to have it all on the plane, but it is cheaper than shipping.

 When in Allentown you will find Peeps and Peeps sculptures

 There was a really great tribute to William O'Connor at IX this year. I had assumed I would never get to see Bill's work again but this weekend I got to have a look at several of his amazing paintings again.

 Came away with an original by David Thorn Wenzel. I have loved his work for many years. This will be a prized piece of the collection!

 My Showcase table this year. Similar to last year, but different.

 My and this fire plug spent some time together in the Urban Sketch Workshop (more on this on Friday!)

 Some of the Magic Artist Proof sketches that I did at the Showcase

 A very cool creature visited my at my table

 AND a couple more Magic Artist Proof sketches

 Somehow I did not remember to take picture of the Showcase until it was over Saturday night and I was almost completely packed up

 If you want you can imagine and see these as everyone setting up at the Showcase

I tend to arrive late for set up since it is quick for me and then I am out before many

 Some crazy sculpting was going on all weekend

 I think this was my school

 I helped out again this year during tear down. If we all help out then it goes much quicker. Fourth floor has always been my preferred floor to tackle. This year I was needed on fourth and second. I wonder what Illuxcon 2019 will have in store for all of us...

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