Monday, March 26, 2018

Keeper of the Clocks - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

I have a new piece from The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia! With all the monsters complete, it is now time to begin exploring the Grand Bazaar itself. The first stop is in the clock tower that stands in front of the great tower of Ethra VanDalia. Ethra's connection and interaction with time have always been troublesome. It has taken a lot of work and some special modifications to get a chronometer to function this close to Ethra. The Construct Guild was up to the challenge, and through a fair bit of sacrifice, the clocks now function. If you are interested, the Construct Guild is always looking for volunteers to join the team to keep the clocks ticking.

Keeper of the Clocks
16 x 20 - Pencil, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
Original - Sold
Currently Available Grand Bazaar Originals
© 2018 Christopher Burdett

Keeper of the Clocks - Drawing
16 x 20 - Pencil on paper
© 2018 Christopher Burdett

Due to the complexity of these larger full environment piecesheadaches I am now working on, I have needed to do value studies to make sure I know where I am going and don't lose my way. Doing these value studies has been one of the best course of action on this project and have saved me a lot of headache. Here is the value study for the Keeper of the Clocks.

Keeper of the Clocks - Value study
© 2018 Christopher Burdett

Here are all of the monsters appearing in the first volume of 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, Lammergeier Transport, Myopic Riflemen, Nimsbane Curse Victim, Ophiomornous Bureaucrat, Petrous Blacksmith, Quincaillerie, Rapacious Guttersnipe, Saint Marque, Smokestack, Thrice, Uncanny Scribe, Virulent Artificer, Woven Egg, Woven Shaper, Xandrell Tree, Yote Arms Dealer, and Zombic Spore.
As a 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.

Keeper of the Clocks - Process © 2018 Christopher Burdett

That is all for another exciting Monday on the blog. See you back here on Wednesday! Until then...

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  1. I really admire your work. Do you have any videos showing the steps of creating a piece of art like this?

    1. Hello. I actually have a youtube channel that has some of my time lapse videos on it. Not for this particular piece, but some similar.