Friday, August 17, 2018

Trash Golem Scout - The Charmin Extender Monster From 2007

I have something weird for you today all the way from 2007. Way back in 2007 a friend, Eric Shepard, was running a blog and doing lots of neat stuff with it and occasionally I was involved. Not sure how it all came together, but it started with Charmin (the toilet paper people) were giving away spring loaded extenders if you contacted them. The extenders were a tie-in to new toilet paper, or something, that Charmin wanted to get them into people's hands. Eric thought it would be fun if a bunch of artists and creative people all got some and made art with them. Sounded fun and I got a extender. People came up with some interesting uses for them but I really remember the kinetic objects that were made and the videos of them bouncing around. I immediately made a monster. I used the extenders to make the body and I used stuff around the house to make the rest. If I remember correctly, nothing was actually ever done with any of the stuff people made for this. Life happened, Eric got busy, or moved, or whatever and nothing was ever posted. I figured that it was about time that these were shared with the world... because obviously the world was waiting with baited breathe for a foot tall sculpture that I made in 2007 out of junk. Anyway... I still have this little guy in my office today, 11+ years later. While you are looking at the Trash Golem Scout notice the background, it is our yard from early 2007 (more on this below)...

Trash Golem Scout
Mixed media
© 2007 Christopher Burdett

I hope you noticed the yard in the image above. I know it might be a little hard to get a feel for things, but you should at least get a glimpse at what things were like. Jump ahead 11+ years and the following images should show you the progression of time and all the hard work Dear Wife has put into the yard. We have never taken the progress photos that we should have, but occasionally there will be a happy accident where the yard shows up in images and you can see just how much it has changed. Not sure how many people will find this interesting, but I think it is really really neat.

Dear Wife's jungle that she made with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.

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

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hollow Alley - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

I have for you 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 Fifth stop is a visit to Hollow Alley. For many hundreds of years the Grand Bazaar has slowly grown larger and larger. When outer walls become inner walls they are often hollowed out and turned into lodging and store fronts. For those with few means they are an affordable option. Hollow Alley is one of the oldest such wall shops, found deep within the Grand Bazaar. Many deals can be found for those willing to stop by the thousands of shops that make up Hollow Alley...

Hollow Alley
16 x 20 - Pencil, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
Original - Currently not available
© 2018 Christopher Burdett

Hollow Alley - Drawing
16 x 20 - Pencil on paper
© 2018 Christopher Burdett

Due to the complexity of these larger full environment pieces 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
Hollow Alley...
Hollow Alley - 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 an added 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...

Hollow Alley - Process © 2018 Christopher Burdett

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

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Gen Con 2018 - Day 4

Today I am sharing some images and thoughts from day 4 of Gen Con. All good things come to an end, even Gen Con. After a month or more of build up and prep, two days of driving, and afternoon of setup and getting ready... the best four days in gaming is over in a blink of the eye. Very full days and troubled sleep help make it even shorter. Oh well... Sunday was my second best day at the con this year and was a great way to wrap things up. I was even making sales after the show had closed which is really nice. My original drawing sale was a HUGE success and I sent lots of drawings to new homes. I still have a large stack of drawings, so I may continue the sale at the rest of my conventions this year. Sunday was a blur since Saturday night was my worst night's sleep, but as I mentioned in a previous post, I used that time to work on a game plan to insure I can get the most work done moving forward. Tear down went quickly and easily and was followed up with our annual Japanese dinner with friends. A wonderful way to end a great convention. All in all this Gen Con was really great. I am fairly confident that it was my second best year at Gen Con, last year being the best. Already looking ahead to Gen Con 2019 and especially 2020!

Here are some images from Day 4 of Gen Con 2018...

 The crowds were a little lighter on Sunday.

 This years balloon sculpture. Not really sure what that is.

 The state of the table by Sunday. Things are shifted around. Things are sold out. It is all a bit of a mess.

 Still a busy busy day on our row.

 Over the wall and it is a very busy art show.

 All the people looking at all the art.

 Brain Stillman holding the Gen Con Best Documentary award for Eye of the Beholder!

 The room that had been full of busy activity for day is now empty.

 They take the walls down quicker and quicker each year.

 This year the walls cam down while I was away getting my boxes and cart. Luckily Dear Wife was there to take my paintings off the walls before someone laid hands on the wall.

 Everyone hard at work tearing down Gen Con.

 Even though I am leaving with less stuff it is always interesting how it all takes up more room on the trip home. Two more days of driving found us home at last.

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

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Gen Con 2018 - Day 3

Today I am sharing some images and thoughts from day 3 of Gen Con. Saturday was the biggest best day for me this year. Had some big sales and I don't recall many slow moments at the table. While people may not be able to get off work to be there Thursday and Friday, EVERYONE is there on Saturday. It was just a really solid, really busy day. If everyday at every convention was like Saturday there would never be a bad convention. That said, I would run out of things rather quickly. Good thing I am working on a book. While the day was busy, the night was where the excitement was.

Saturday night was the premiere of Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons. EotB is a documentary about the history and people involved in the creation of Dungeons & Dragons art and I just so happened to be in it. The most excellent trio of Brian Stillman, Kelley Slagle, and Seth C. Polansky are responsible for the film and not only are they great people and friends, they made a really great film. I can not say enough good things about EotB. I may be bias, but it is a really solid film with a great narrative featuring all the people that made the D&D art what it is and launched the imaginations of many generations of artists and players. I can not wait till it is widely available so that everyone can see it. So good and so happy to have been able to see it at the premiere! RAWR!

Here are some images from Day 3 of Gen Con 2018...

The crowds are still at it even before the hall opens. I wonder if some of these people even moved from where they were days before.

 The crowd amassed outside the main entrance into the hall.

 The biggest miniature I have seen lately. This thing is gorgeous, but I just could not justify the expense. No where to put it and I would never get around to painting it.

 Looking over the wall and the very busy art show.

 And over the wall in the other direction.

 Photos never do it justice. There were a LOT of people in the hall on Saturday.

 A sketch on the back of a Magic card.

 Got my hands on the new Steve Prescott sketchbook, complete with sketch!

 This fellow is relevant to my interests!

 Sending another painting to a good home!

 Another Magic sketch.

 While I was not advertising that I was doing Pokemon sketches this year, if someone wanted one I would do them. Apparently someone in the art show told someone of my Pokemon sketches and I had to be true to my word.

 The AWESOME glow in the dark EotB screening button that were given out. SO COOL!

 Packed screening with standing room only!

 Kelley, Seth, and Brian after the screening doing some Q&A.

The film makers and attending D&D artists in a nice group shot.

That is all for another exciting Monday on the blog, see you back here Tuesday for more coverage of Gen Con! Until then...

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