Monday, April 22, 2024

The Completed Circle - 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. As with last week's piece, this is for the beginning of the book in the A World of Stories section. This is the centerpiece for book two, the tale of The Completed Circle, the oldest existing written story on the planet. Or, should I say, what is left of it. All remaining copies, unfortunately, were severely damaged so long ago that there is no record of the destroyed bit. But there will be a lot more on that in the book. The Completed Circle was written on scrolls housed within one large case and adorned with a Sekkine Viper biting its tail.  I present The Completed Circle.

The Completed Circle
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

The Completed Circle - 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 Completed Circle to show where it began.

The Completed Circle - 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.

 
The Completed Circle - 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, April 19, 2024

Recent Magic the Gathering Artist Proof Art

Today, I have recent Magic the Gathering artist proofs that I added art to their backs. All available artist proofs and art options can be found on my store. I present a selection of art on the back of Magic the Gathering cards.

On the back of this Shifting Shadows card, I was asked to recreate the card art with my version of a Dratini and Dragonite Pokemon. If you know me, then you know I was excited about this one.

On this Ancient Carp card, I was asked to have the little lost humunculus Fblthp having a run in with the carp... NOMS!

That's all for another exciting Friday 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, April 17, 2024

From the Archives: Lorne Hulk (Thing) - Angel Season 5

A recent conversation brought up the Lorne Hulk (or Thing or Behemoth; it went by several names while we worked on it and afterward), and while I was already planning on digging this one out of the archives to share, it gave me a little fire to do it sooner, rather than later. For those keeping track, this monster appeared in Season 5 of Angel in Episode 5, Life of the Party. The empathic demon Lorne was having sleep issues, and due to this, his subconscious manifested at a Halloween party and went on a rampage.

Before I go any further, I must remind everyone that this work is a collaboration of many talented artists and technicians. I was one of many who brought this thing to life. This time, I was the designer, and I may have painted the makeup, but it was over twenty years ago, so who knows. After twenty-plus years, I cannot properly give credit to everyone else involved. Sorry, but people's names were the first to go after I left LA.

This one went through several versions as production asked for something particular and then freaked out when we gave it to them. After changing it, production freaked out that we, once again, gave them what they wanted. Mix, repeat, repeat again and again - AH! The good old days! I have never seen these episodes and have no idea how this thing turned out, save from some set photos. One of these days, I will need to watch these series in their entirety to see the fruits of so much labor. Let's start things off with the concepts for Lorne Hulk.

Lorne Hulk - Design A

They wanted the Hulk - a massive green man-monster that could rampage through the episode, causing all sorts of chaos. So that is what I gave them. The body would need some padding, but if they hired someone like, say, David Mattey, you were practically nearly here. Big Dave was the perfect choice for this. He was a friend of the shop, a great guy, and had the chops to be this monster. We would need to make gloves, or possibly articulated giant hands, oversized shoes, and some other tweaks to create the illusion of him being even bigger than he already is. 

Lorne Hulk Head - Design A

The head design was shot down almost immediately. They wanted it to look like Lorne but bigger. No extra horns, distortion or mutation, no fun, nothing interesting. Oh well.

Lorne Hulk Head - Design B

Now for the wackiness. First, they didn't want big hands and feet. But everything else stays the same. Uh... okay. I guess we can do that. So, that is what we sent back to them. Oh, and I updated the head in this one.

Lorne Hulk Head - Design C

As a surprise to no one, they realized their idea looked ridiculous. So, they scrapped it all and just wanted it to be a regular guy-looking monster. You know, just like the regular Lorne... but mad. So, that is what we sent them. Shocking to no one, they freaked out that this was just Lorne and that this monster needed to be a giant and scary. Did I mention it needed to be GIANT!!?! So, we sent them the first design again. And they seemed to like it a lot more now. I am sure there was some sort of agreement made, but I was not there.

Lorne Hulk Head - Design B

This was the revised head design that production approved. It was even more simplified as things moved forward. They didn't even make any new horns. We reused horns from the Bohg'Dar demon.

Lorne Hulk's original drawings

While I did my finishes and edits on the computer, I did a lot of the original concepts on paper. They are hidden away in my flat files. Safe for a later date when I finally decide to part with them.

Lorne  Hulk makeup sculpture

I do not recall who sculpted any of this, and I have no images of the cowl being sculpted, but I have this one image of the face makeup. Speaking of the cowl...

Lorne Hulk makeup and cowl

Since Lorne was a returning cast member, his makeup had to be consistent over years of shooting the show. This meant that the Lorne Hulk needed to be that same color. Here is the painted makeup and cowl that was worn by Big Dave.

Wardrobe tests and fitting

We made the padding and undersuit to give the monster more bulk, and the wardrobe department made the suit to make the one worn by Lorne. To marry these two things, everyone came to the shop. Here, we see Big Dave padded up and getting the final adjustments done to the suit.

On set ... well, at the trailers

Here, we see Big Dave in makeup with Darnell Shepherd from the shop. Darnell is excellent and does awesome hairwork. I was not on set for this episode, and I actually have no idea why I wasn't there. Likely I was needed at the shop. As you can see from his non-green hands, we did end up making large gloves for the Lorne Hulk.

Okay, now we are on set!

Finally, the Lorne Hulk is on set and at the party. Big Dave is in full makeup and wardrobe with Jim Ojala from the shop. Jim has his own shop now and is a super cool guy. This looked like a fun day on set, and I would have liked to be there, but I have enough fun memories of being on set; it is good that others had a chance, too.

Big Dave as the Lorne Hulk on set doing his thing. The hands and feet could have been bigger, but he looks good, and at the end of the day, that is something.

David Mattey as the Lorne Hulk and Andrew Hallett as Lorne


Sadly, we lost Andy in 2009. Andy was one of those humans that was happy whenever I saw him. He didn't need to remember me; I was just one of the makeup FX guys, but he made a point to say hello to me whenever we crossed paths. I remember one day, I was driving on the lot, the Angel trailers were right near the side entrance at Paramount, so we could just drive in if we needed to pick up or drop off, and I was in my car talking to another person from the shop that was on set that day. Andy turned around and walked back over to us to say hello and made a point to make sure we were seen and acknowledged for the work we did. It meant so much to me. Not many of the actors on the projects I worked on did that. He was one of the good ones.

Big Dave has had some serious health issues, too. If you can, there is a GoFundMe for his medical bills and needs. Big Dave has played many fantastic monsters, and I was fortunate to work with him on several projects. He put the fear of God in me when he goaded me into attacking him with a fake weapon. Big Dave was FAST and skilled. It was all over before I was even aware it had begun. It was astonishing and horrifying. He could use your help.

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Infinity Con 2024 Guest Announcement!

I am thrilled to announce that I will be returning as a guest to Infinity Con this coming July 6th and 7th in Tallahassee, FL. Inifinity  Con is a fantastic event and it is always a joy to share my work with those in Tallahassee. Getting to sleep in your bed while also doing a convention is also a treat. I will be bringing the Grand Bazaar with me again, so you can expect books, art, enamel pins, and a lot of new art! I will share more details when they are released, but mark your calendars, and I will see you at the Donald Tucker Civic Center in a couple of months.

 
Come see me and many others at Infinity Con this July 6th and 7th!

That's all for an exciting Tuesday on the blog. See you back here tomorrow for a treat from the archives. Until then...

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

Monday, April 15, 2024

The Tools of Storytelling - 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 that will be through the book. This one is for the very beginning of the book in the A World of Stories section. This piece shows off a varity of tools and materials used to tell stories: styluses, brushes, skulpting tools, paints, Shapermade inks (likely not too carcinogenic), and musical instruments. But in all seriousness, you might want to stay away from that Shapermade ink. I present The Tools of Storytelling.

The Tools of Storytelling
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
 
The Tools of Storytelling - 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 Tools of Storytelling to show where it began.
 
The Tools of Storytelling - 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.

 
The Tools of Storytelling - 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, April 12, 2024

Magic: The Gathering in Miniature II Show - THIS WEEKEND!

As mentioned in February, I am a part of the Magic: The Gathering in Miniature II Show, taking place at Nucleus Gallery in Alhambra, CA. From April 13, 2024 - April 28, 2024. The show opens tomorrow and is a collection of Magic the Gathering artist proofs adorned with drawings and paintings on their backs. Though the show opens tomorrow for the public, those who are donors to the gallery have early access starting today. After the show cloeses, for the following year, the unsold cards will be available online through the gallery. The show page for the gallery has all the information, previews, details, and artist list. I have four pieces in the show and they are all monstrous Planeswalkers - Angrath, Karn, Quintorius Kand, and Vraska. They are each on the back of a Gudul Lurker. Here are the cards I will have in the show! 

Karn
Marker, ink, and acrylic paint on a Magic the Gathering artist proof

Quintorius Kand
Marker, ink, and acrylic paint on a Magic the Gathering artist proof

Vraska
Marker, ink, and acrylic paint on a Magic the Gathering artist proof

Angrath
Marker, ink, and acrylic paint on a Magic the Gathering artist proof

Here are the cards again with their fronts. These are the first time I have drawn these characters and they were a ton of fun to work on. I hope they find their forever homes!

Karn
Marker, ink, and acrylic paint on a Magic the Gathering artist proof

Quintorius Kand
Marker, ink, and acrylic paint on a Magic the Gathering artist proof

Vraska
Marker, ink, and acrylic paint on a Magic the Gathering artist proof

Angrath
Marker, ink, and acrylic paint on a Magic the Gathering artist proof

That's 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, April 10, 2024

Kickstarter Roundup - Lockwood

Today on the blog, I wanted to point out a Kickstarter project that I think you all might be interested in. It features fantastic art by an incredible artist, and if you have not already checked it out, you should do so NOW!

Todd shares about The Twelve Days of Christmas:

A project 33 years in the making...
Long ago, when my children were young, I had this idea for a fantastic rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas. It would be zany and funny. I threw myself into the drawings, but sadly the time was not yet right.
Last April, I rediscovered the scans of my drawings and realized that this was the project I needed. It came like a gift from 33-year-old me to 66-year-old me, reviving my joy in creation with a special audience in mind. My kids are all grown, but I have a granddaughter now. This project is for all of them. Really, it's for anyone who's a child at heart.

 So why not share?
Brown Books and I have signed an agreement that will put this book in bookstores around the country (and possibly around the world). This Kickstarter will fund that effort with signed copies and a signed Special Edition with heavier paper and some extras.
It's the most insane thing I've ever tackled in my career. I'm loving it. It's crazy, but wonderful! You'll see.

And for those that may not know, Todd Lockwood is the dragon master and a force of nature in gaming and fantastical realism. If you want to know what a dragon looks like, look at Todd's work. You can find his work inside countless books and on the cover of even more. I was fortunate enough to see many of the pages while at Dragon Con last year, and I have been excited about this project ever since.

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, April 8, 2024

Enraged Woofettes - 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. After only referring to them by their species name, I am pleased to finally show you what a Woofettes looks like. The Woofettes appear throughout the first Grand Bazaar book, and I planned from the beginning to finally debut them in the second book. As mentioned then, I shared the Dashing Vagabond piece; the Vagabond, a Ullnach named Nimmulli’Zhaq, has a Woofettes companion, and the Enraged Woofettes of book two is that companion and goes by the name of Gaurlvetaur. You saw a bit of leg in the Vagabond piece, and if you look closely just behind the Gaurlvetaur's leg in this piece, you will see the Vagabond cluelessly walking away while the assassin that had been following them is getting more than he bargained for. Gaurlvetaur works on Nimmulli’Zhaq airship doing all the physical labor and keeps him out of trouble when on the ground. Nimmulli’Zhaq isn't the brightest, bravest, or even that smart, but he has an airship and a Woofettes friend to watch out for him. I present to you the Enraged Woofettes.

Enraged Woofettes
The Grand Bazaar of Ethra Dalia - The Completed Circle
13 x 17 - Pencil, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
Contact me regarding availability
© 2024 Christopher Burdett
 
Enraged Woofettes - Drawing 
13 x 17 - Pencil on paper
© 2024 Christopher Burdett
 
As much as I enjoy the large environmental pieces, it is nice to return to slightly smaller and more focused images for the characters from the book. This was my first piece of 2024, and I am pleased with how the Woofettes and Vagabond turned out and go together. Here is a look at the sketch and tonal study for the Enraged Woofettes show where it began.
 
Enraged Woofettes - Sketch 
 Digital 
 © 2024 Christopher Burdett 
 
Enraged Woofettes - Tonal study
 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.
 
Enraged Woofettes - 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