If you think you have seen this post before, in some ways, you have, and in some ways, you haven't. My Arcona Rumor Monger painting that I created for the Star Wars LCG is above and beyond the most reused image that I have ever created. At least to my knowledge. It has been on cards, in books, in decks, and likely more than I will ever know. Every time I think I have found them all, another one will surface. The specialization decks for the Star Wars RPGs are where they seem to be more common. This particular usage is from 2015. I have known about it since 2019, but I haven't had a chance to share it here yet. Of all the images I have made in my two decades plus career that this is the image that keeps getting reprinted is a bit funny to me. It is nearly a direct self-portrait and is the first of my Star Wars work that points in the direction that all the subsequent work followed. Here is a look at the much-repeated incarnation of the Arcona Rumor Monger art as the Convincing Demeanor card.
If you look carefully, you can see the digital sketch of my giant map of The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia behind the card. You can also see my production checklist with all of the completed elements marked off in orange highlighter. The text is likely a section of my book that I was proofreading when I took these pictures of the card and the deck cover. A strange little slice of a moment in my life and the creation of my book is in the background of these images.
If, for some reason, you are trying to complete your collection of my work in print, here is the cover of the Colonist Performer Specialization Deck so that you might purchase the correct one.
Lastly, here is the original illustration for the Arcona Rumor Monger. I need to make the time to tell you about all of the Easter eggs that I have put into this image and many of my other Star Wars paintings. That will need to wait for another day.
That is all for another exciting week on the blog. See you back here on Monday! Until then...
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