Friday, June 14, 2024

Find Me Now on Cara!

You may have heard the buzz around Cara recently as a safe space for artists to share their work free from AI and those stealing our work. So far, I am loving it and hope to see more artists and fans of the arts. I have been over there getting a feel for the space and have shared some art, but there is much more to share. It is nice to have a portfolio space again that is not my website. It allows for a different kind of experience. If you are an artist or someone who loves art, then I HIGHLY recommend you head over there, and set up an account, and start enjoying looking at art again.

Come see my art and hang out on Cara!

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, June 12, 2024

Weevilcon Recap

I am back from a fun time at Weevilcon over this past weekend. We had a great time, met lots of fun people, and got to share the Grand Bazaar with so many new people. I was one of three guests, which included Ray Hurd and Megan Hollingshead, both of which are voice actors. The three of us had an extremely fun panel together as we answered questions and shared stories from our careers. This is the second mixed discipline panel I have done this year, and they are a lot of fun. It is interesting how we have more in common than differences when it comes to our careers. We might do different work, but our stories share many similarities. This was Weevilcon's second year, and for a second year, and the size of the overall event, I was really impressed. There were things to do for the entire family, food trucks, outside and inside events, gaming tournaments, vendors, guests, and a cosplay contest. A massive thanks to our hosts, the Weevil Cards and Collectables team, the vendors, everyone who stopped by the booth, and those who have now journeyed to the Grand Bazaar! Here are some images from the weekend.

Two images of the booth at Weevilcon. Always nice to have plenty of room!

A look around the hall at the various vendors. One of the great things about smaller events is that they are often the first convention for vendors and attendees, and it is a much more manageable undertaking than jumping into the deep end at a large convention. There were several vendors we spoke with that this was their first event, and it was wonderful seeing them have a good time and learn about what works and doesn't at events.

On the stage behind us was a fun photo backdrop... RAWR!

A Magic the Gathering Egg token that I added a dinosaur to.

The massive and beautiful deluxe Lego Millennium Falcon. So cool to see it in person.

Fool Me Once from Imperial Assault went to its forever home.

I got to hand out packs at the Modern Horizon 3 prerelease event. I don't have any cards in the set, but it was fun to be a part of the event - Thanks, Austin!

At the panel with Ray and Megan!

An AWESOME trophy that was handed out to those who played Warhammer for the first time at the demo sessions. This one was gifted to me - again, thank you, Austin!

And another epic Lego set was on display.

One last shot of Ray, Megan, and I at the end of the convention.

Again, a MASSIVE thanks to our hosts and everyone who made Weevilcon such a fun time!!!

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, June 10, 2024

Woofettes Bells - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

I am thrilled to share another new piece from The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia! This illustration is for Book Two: The Completed Circle. This is one of the numerous pieces of spot art throughout the book. This supporting image is for the Enraged Woofettes section of the book. Depicted here is a selection of bells made and worn by Woofettes. As mentioned in the first book, the Woofettes have a great number of superstitions, and they employ a variety of bells and shakers to keep the powerful forces of evil at bay. For a species as large and aggressive, they live in constant fear of that which their physical might can not stop. I present the Woofettes Bells.

Woofettes Bells
The Grand Bazaar of Ethra Dalia - The Completed Circle
9 x 12 - Pencil, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
Contact me regarding availability
© 2024 Christopher Burdett
 
Woofettes Bells - Drawing 
9 x 12 - Pencil on paper
© 2024 Christopher Burdett
 
This is one of the many pieces I completed so far this year. It has been a blur of pencil and paint. Nice to finally be sharing them. Here is a look at the sketch for the Woofettes Bells to show where it began.
 
Woofettes Bells - Sketch 
 Digital 
 © 2024 Christopher Burdett

As a bonus, I have some images of the rendering process of this piece so that you can get a better idea of it taking shape. Additional fun fact: While this is the same paper I have used for my work on the Grand Bazaar, this sheet and several others recently used was from a larger piece of Rives BFK that I have had since college, so over twenty years old. I am not sure if it is the age of the paper or if the paper is made differently now, but water does not go down on this paper the same way as all the others of the same type I use. So there was a lot more drying time and a lot of impatient waiting to see if the washes went down correctly and if the pencil was blending the way I desired. In the end, there was no deviation from the image I was able to achieve, just some uncertain moments of waiting for things to dry.

 
Woofettes Bells - Process 
© 2024 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

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Color MtG Artist Proofs for Weevilcon!

As mentioned last week, I will be at Weevilcon this weekend. As part of my planned surprises, I will have a selection of Magic the Gathering artist proofs with color art on their backs. As I can not do full-color art at a con or event, this is a way for those attending to have a chance at them. If I have any of these remaining after the event, it is likely they will be available on my store, or they might wait in the wings for Infinity Con or Gen Con, but we shall see. For now, here are the seven new proofs I will have with me at Weevilcon.

I will have these seven artist proofs with color art on their backs with me at Weevilcon this weekend.
In addition, I will also have with me two proofs from the 2023 Magic: The Gathering in Miniature Show.

Here is a closer look at the seven new artists proofs I will have with me at Weevilcon!

Ancient Carp with gold signature and numbering

Bride Taker with a gold tooth

Coveted Peacock

Since I will be a Weevilcon and the Fretwork Colony is based on a weevil...

...it only seems natural to bring two, one regular and one foil.

Gudul Lurker

And finally, my favorite of the lot, and maybe my favorite of this card, the Shifting Shadow

That's all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog. As there is much going on, I will be missing Friday's post but will return 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

Monday, June 3, 2024

Airship in a Bottle - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

I am thrilled to share another new piece from The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia! This illustration is for Book Two: The Completed Circle. This is one of the numerous pieces of spot art throughout the book. This supporting image is for the Dashing Vagabond section of the book. Depicted here are the results of the craft and hard work of some nameless members of an airship crew. When those working an airship, downtime is often spent singing, drinking, or, in this case, making a tiny replica of an airship in an empty spirits bottle. I present an Airship in a Bottle.

Airship in a Bottle
The Grand Bazaar of Ethra Dalia - The Completed Circle
12 x 9 - Pencil, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
Original - SOLD
© 2024 Christopher Burdett

Airship in a Bottle - Drawing 
12 x 9 - Pencil on paper
© 2024 Christopher Burdett
 
This is one of the many pieces I completed so far this year. It has been a blur of pencil and paint. Nice to finally be sharing them. Here is a look at the sketch for the Airship in a Bottle to show where it began.

Pocket Squares - Sketch 
 Digital 
 © 2024 Christopher Burdett 

As a bonus, I have some images of the rendering process of this piece so that you can get a better idea of it taking shape. Additional fun fact: While this is the same paper I have used for my work on the Grand Bazaar, this sheet and several others recently used was from a larger piece of Rives BFK that I have had since college, so over twenty years old. I am not sure if it is the age of the paper or if the paper is made differently now, but water does not go down on this paper the same way as all the others of the same type I use. So there was a lot more drying time and a lot of impatient waiting to see if the washes went down correctly and if the pencil was blending the way I desired. In the end, there was no deviation from the image I was able to achieve, just some uncertain moments of waiting for things to dry.

Airship in a Bottle - Process
© 2024 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, May 31, 2024

Weevilcon 2024 Next Weekend!

As previously mentioned in April, I will be part of Weevilcon next weekend in Enterprise, AL! I am thrilled to be a guest at this event and looking forward to my first time at Weevilcon. I will be bringing all of my monsters with me as well as some surprises for the Magic the Gathering players in attendance. I plan to share some of these surprises with you next week before the event. 

See you at Weevilcon in Enterprise, AL, June 7th-9th!

There has already been some press coverage for the event and I was featured in the press release.

I will of course share a recap of the weekend after my return. If you are in the Enterprise, AL area I hope to see you there!

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, May 29, 2024

Just Games Rochester's Commander Sealed 2024 Auction in September!

While it is still several months away, I wanted to mention something I am a part of this coming September. I will be part of Just Games Rochester's Commander Sealed 2024 auction that will be supporting Trans Lifeline and The Trevor Project. The auction is not live (live Sept 1 - 15, 2024), but I wanted to make sure this was on everyone's radar. Do not worry, I will be reminding everyone about this once the auctions are live. I am thrilled to be a part of this event and hope that when the time comes you can help support this great cause.

You can get all of the event's details on their website!

I have several items in the auction, from my Grand Bazaar books to MtG artist proofs.
You can see all of my auctions and more on their website!

As mentioned, I will have two MtG artist proofs in the auction. Each AP has an original ink drawing on their backs. 

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