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I haven't had a lot to post lately because I have a bunch of art that is waiting to be published before it can be shown. But Wizards of the Coast has published their latest set called "Coldsnap" and I have a few pieces in there. This one is called Sek-kuar Deathkeeper. Even though the cards are horizontal, I felt like doing a vertical painting. Only the orc shaman appears on the printed card. Even so, I wish I would have had another week or so to make this painting a little better. I plan to make a few changes when I get it back.
Anyways, hope you dig it. Original painting is oil paint on masonite. I also included the sketch.
Loooove the sketch, Jeff. The painting stiffened up a little too much for my taste.
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Yup, excellent as always, and yup, the sketch is much more powerfull than the final...I think is just because of the eyes
Yeah, a little stiff for my liking, but the sketch does indeed rock, I also prefer the facial features on your sketch.
i wouldnt say its that far off in the painting, but its all about the face in the sketch.. beautifully executed it...
The creatures at the bottom remind me of a Darkness comic when the darklings are towering Batman.
Yeah, I knew those guys wouldn't show up on the card, but after doing so many horizontal paintings, I occasionally have to make things exciting for myself and go vertical!Originally Posted by DavePalumbo
Nice work Jeff, looking forward to possibly seeing the revision! Long time player of Magic and longtime fan of your cards.
I'm sure there are quite a few pieces from Magic artists that would be interesting to see in their entirety. Would be nice to see a traveling show of original works from Wizards.
What size/format does Wizards usually have you working in? In talking with Foster he conveyed that he usually works at a 3 to 2.4 ratio (3000x2400), 400 dpi. How does that compare/translate for you?
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wow how VERY oldschool MTG!!!
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Well, I don't do any of my Magic art digitally. I usually do oil paintings for all that. And I change the size depending on the piece. But the average is around 9 inches tall by 12 inches wide. This piece is larger at about 15"x25".Originally Posted by Smeagol71
The other piece I did for Coldsnap was small and horizontal. It was just a simple landscape piece and not worth showing. Plus I did one painting that was exclusive to the MTG online game only and not printed.
I love the old school feel but I just wish the light was more powerful, it just seems a little flat. The main chracter is emerging from a pool of lava / fire and yet you can hardly see the effect on him or anyone around him or the environment, save for a rim light.
I think it would be a far more dramatic piece if you used the underlighting from the lava to emphasize the power / magic of the emerging figure. The lava / fire itself seems dull.
Other than that I think it's a strong piece... nice work.
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