Friday, January 31, 2020

Jwarnen Gecko - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

As the layout of The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia neared completion, it was clear that there were some holes in the book that needed to be filled if layout and arrangement were to be kept consistent. To address this I needed to produce several new piece of spot art to expand and inhance areas of content in the book. Not only does this mean there is more art in the book, but I was also able to add more text to expand sections and add to the world-building. Leading up to the launch of the Kickstarter on February 29th, I will be sharing the new art for the book.

Today's piece of spot art is a Jwarnen Gecko. This relates to the Gullet section of the book. You can read more about this section of the book over on The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia blog.

Jwarnen Gecko
  8 x 10 - Pencil and acrylic paint on paper
 Original - Currently not available 
© 2020 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 Rifler, 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.

Here are all of the environmental pieces appearing in the first volume of The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia: Air Shops, Busy Streets, Hollow Alley, Keeper of the Clocks, Sunken Stalls, The Grand Bazaar, The Seated Dead

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, January 29, 2020

The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia COMING TO KICKSTARTER FEB 29!


The time has finally come! Soon, you will be able to travel to the planet of Kiervis and explore the Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia. What mysteries walk to streets at night? What dangers dwell below the ground? Where can you buy the best drinks? You will learn all this and more. ArtOrder and I are excited to be able to announce that on February 29th, the Kickstarter for my book will finally launch.

The book is done. The art is drawn. The stories are written. All we need now is your support to have the book printed. Here is a peek behind the curtain to see what we have been working on all this time.

The Aberrant Stilter entry.
Each entry is made up of several different voices and points of view. Learn more about the Bazaar as you learn about each entry.

But wait, why make one book when you can make two books! As part of the Kickstarter, you will be able to acquire a pocket guide that contains 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons stats for the monsters in the main book. This guide is set in the world the Grand Bazaar and contains more writing about the Bazaar and those living in it.

The Aberrant Stilter entry.
Bring my monsters to your gaming table as your players explore the Grand Bazaar!

You know what, why make two books when you can make THREE books! Also, as a part of the Kickstarter, you will be able to acquire the Grand Coloring Book of Ethra VanDalia. This coloring book features all of the main art created in the book as line art so that you can add your own colors.

Learn more about the Bazaar in rhyming pairs in the coloring book!

All images are not final. More information about all this will be coming to you as soon as it is available! Spread the word, it is the time!

That is all for a very 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, January 27, 2020

Stinging Lionfish and Shimmerwing Chimera PRINTS NOW AVAILABLE! Theros Beyond Death

Prints for my cards featured in the Theros Beyond Death expansion of Magic the Gathering are now available on my store!  Each 18 x 12 print comes signed and numbered and are limited to editions of ONLY 20. Once they are gone, they are gone! These prints are available individually or as a pair for a discounted prince! Head over to to see all available Magic the Gathering prints.
https://christopher-burdett.myshopify.com/collections/prints/products/stinging-lionfish-mtg-theros-beyond-death-signed-and-numbered-print
Stinging Lionfish - Magic the Gathering - Theros Beyond Death

https://christopher-burdett.myshopify.com/collections/prints/products/shimmerwing-chimera-mtg-theros-beyond-death-signed-and-numbered-print
Shimmerwing Chimera - Magic the Gathering - Theros Beyond Death

Once I receive my artist proofs, they will be going up on the store as well. There will be a post about them when or if I ever receive them.

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

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

2019 Holiday Card - Elder Greetings

Our holiday cards went out late this past December. To allow that they reached their destinations without spoiling the card for everyone, I decided to give as much time as possible before sharing the art. I wanted to do something a bit more creepy this year, and I hopefully hit the mark with these Elder Greetings. I think the piece speaks for itself, and it was a lot of fun to create.

Elder Greetings - 2019 Holiday Card
Pencil and acrylic paint on paper with collage element
© 2019 Christopher Burdett

Lastly, here is the card exterior and interior so you can get a feel for what it looks like...

2019 Holiday Card exterior
© 2019 Christopher Burdett

2019 Holiday Card interior
© 2019 Christopher Burdett

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

Friday, January 17, 2020

Theros Beyond Death Prerelease - TONIGHT!

If you are in the greater Tallahassee area, I will be appearing at Gamescape tonight for their Theros Beyond Death Prerelease event. I will be signing cards and will have prints, artist proofs, playmats, and original art with me. Those attending will have the opportunity to get their hands on my new Theros Beyond Death prints! I will have prints of the Shimmerwing Chimera and Stinging Lionfish. Each is limited to an edition of twenty and come signed and numbered. I will also be offering the pair at a slightly reduced price! I hope to see you out at Gamscape tonight!

See you on Friday, January 17th at 8:00pm!

Shimmerwing Chimera

Stinging Lionfish

Each print is limited to an edition of twenty and comes signed and numbered.

That is 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, January 15, 2020

RAWR! Shirt Clearance!

If you know me, then you know my penchant for RAWR! and my RAWR! shirts. As my work transitions to focus on the Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia, I will no longer be pushing RAWR! This means I am clearing out my remaining stock of RAWR! shirts. Once they are gone, they are gone!

I have men's sizes up through XXX-large and women's cut shirts small-large. ALL shirts are now ONLY $7! Get to my store to take advantage and stock up on shirts before they are gone forever.

 At the end of an era, get your RAWR! shirt before they are gone forever!

Again, head to my store NOW to get your very own RAWR! shirt for only $7 and wear it proudly!

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, January 13, 2020

Nylea's Forerunner - Magic: the Gathering - Theros Beyond Death

I am pleased to share with you the last of my cards that will be part of the newest Magic the Gathering set, Theros Beyond Death. Not only is this the final card to be spoiled for me, but it was also the last card I worked on of these three Theros cards. The enchanted star effect was really fun to work with, but it was the most challenging to make work in this piece. It was great working with Dawn Murin on these, and I happy to finally be able to share them with you. Here is last, but not least, the Nylea's Forerunner.
Nylea's Forerunner
Magic the Gathering - Theros Beyond Death
14 x 10.2 - Digital 
Art Director - Dawn Murin
 © 2020 Wizards of the Coast

As I mentioned when I shared my Egg Token from Commander 2019, my schedule is currently too full to allow me to do the entire prep work for these. This means I only had time for the pencil drawing and not the tonal study. I had to work that out as I painted, which has resulted in some frustration with the paintings. Here is the drawing for the Nylea's Forerunner.

Nylea's Forerunner
Magic the Gathering - Theros Beyond Death
14 x 11 - Digital
Original - Available on my store!
 © 2020 Wizards of the Coast

Nylea's Forerunner in handy dandy card form.

I will be posting more cards as they are spoiled, and in time I will share with you the process and steps that went into making these.

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, January 10, 2020

Theros Beyond Death Prerelease

I am happy to announce that I will be at the Theros Beyond Death prerelease at Gamescape on Friday, January 17th, at the 8:00 pm. You can expect my arrival before the event, and I will be on hand for several hours signing cards. I will have a few original drawings with me, as well as playmats, artist proofs, and prints. If all goes to plan, I will also have a very limited run of the two Theros Beyond Death cards that have been spoiled, Stinging Lionfish and Shimmerwing Chimera.

See you on Friday, January 17th at 8:00pm! 

My first Magic the Gathering set was the original Theros that was released in 2013, so it is wonderful to be back to both Theros and Gamescape. I hope to see you there are all the excitement and fun that is a Magic the Gathering prerelease!

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, January 8, 2020

Lord Mashugana (Shug) Nute, Sovereign of the Nine Couches, Emancipator of the Pork Chickens, and Eater of Tacos

In late 2013 we lost our elder statesman at the age of 20. Before I ever knew him, he had been a friend to my wife for many years. I was lucky enough to know him the majority of his long life that encluded adventure, travel, and the quest for tasty, tasty food. He possessed the keenest of intelligence and an almost human spirit and the capacity for deep empathy.

For the winter solstice I presented my wife this image of Shug. It was a piece I have been wanting to create for six years, but I was not ready or able to make it until now. Achsa confirmed that if it had arrived any sooner then now it most likely would have never been hung in the house. The pain of his loss was still to present. It was challenging to work on this without her knowing, but I was able to keep it a surprise. Please, note that his medals are all foods that he was able to best in the quest to eat all the things. Here is my portrait of Shug.

Lord Mashugana (Shug) Nute, Sovereign of the Nine Couches, Emancipator of the Pork Chickens, and Eater of Tacos
9 x 12 - Pencil, acrylic paint and ink on paper
NFS
 © 2019 Christopher Burdett

As I said, I have wanted to create this image for six years. While the presentation was not new six years ago, I found it funny that this year many services and companies seem to have popped up to sell photo manipulated portraits of people's animals on the bodies of humans, usually in military or Victorian attire.  I guess I was a little ahead of things, but I didn't get around to it until it had become mainstream. At least mine is an original drawing. Here it is framed.

I wanted a proper frame that fit the look and feel for the piece and I think I found it.

Please know that this is a unique piece, and I am not open to these types of commission,s nor will I draw anyone else's pet. This is a service I retain for my wife and the memory of those unique animals that share their lives with us.

That is all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog, see you back here tomorrow or Friday. Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Shimmerwing Chimera - Magic: the Gathering - Theros Beyond Death

I am pleased to share with you the second of my cards that will be part of the newest Magic the Gathering set, Theros Beyond Death. The Shimmerwing Chimera was my favorite of the cards I did for Theros. I had wanted to design and paint a Chimera since the first time working on Theros, those many moons ago. It was great working with Dawn Murin on these, and I happy to finally be able to share them with you. As with the Stinging Lionfish, the Shimmerwing Chimera has received a lot of attention since it was spoiled.

Shimmerwing Chimera
Magic the Gathering - Theros Beyond Death
14 x 10.2 - Digital 
Art Director - Dawn Murin
 © 2020 Wizards of the Coast

As I mentioned when I shared my Egg Token from Commander 2019, my schedule is currently too full to allow me to do the entire prep work for these. This means I only had time for the pencil drawing and not the tonal study. I had to work that out as I painted, which has resulted in some frustration with the paintings. Here is the drawing for the Shimmerwing Chimera.

Shimmerwing Chimera
Magic the Gathering - Theros Beyond Death
14 x 11 - Digital
Original - SOLD
 © 2020 Wizards of the Coast

Shimmerwing Chimera in handy dandy card form.

I will be posting more cards as they are spoiled, and in time I will share with you the process and steps that went into making these.

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

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Monday, January 6, 2020

Stinging Lionfish - Magic: the Gathering - Theros Beyond Death

I am pleased to share with you the first of my cards that will be part of the newest Magic the Gathering set, Theros Beyond Death. I was thrilled to return to the world of Theros for many reasons, the foremost being that my first Magic cards appeared in the original release of Theros. It was great working with Dawn Murin on these, and I happy to finally be able to share them with you. First up in the Stinging Lionfish. It instantly received a lot of attention the moment it was spoiled.

Stinging Lionfish
Magic the Gathering - Theros Beyond Death
14 x 10.2 - Digital 
Art Director - Dawn Murin
 © 2020 Wizards of the Coast

As I mentioned when I shared my Egg Token from Commander 2019, my schedule is currently too full to allow me to do the entire prep work for these. This means I only had time for the pencil drawing and not the tonal study. I had to work that out as I painted, which has resulted in some frustration with the paintings. Here is the drawing  Stinging Lionfish.


Stinging Lionfish - Drawing
Magic the Gathering - Theros Beyond Death
14 x 11 - Digital
Original - SOLD
 © 2020 Wizards of the Coast

Stinging Lionfish in handy dandy card form.

I will be posting more cards as they are spoiled, and in time I will share with you the process and steps that went into making these.

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

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com