Thursday, August 9, 2012

Innistrad part 2

I'm posting these Innistrad pieces in no particular order to which they were released.  In my head, they're all part of one Magic expansion block so that's how I'm chucking them out there for you to see.  The above painting is called "Ranger's Guile" and is one of my faves from the set.  It's, of course, not that great of a card, but I think the painting came out nice with the rough murky atmosphere.  Plus, I zoomed in a little closer than I normally do for Magic card characters.  I have a bad habit of making my creatures and characters about the same size way too often - cropped at the waist or mid-thigh.  Here, well, the bark-skinned lass is cropped at the thigh but she's leaning in a lot which allowed for a closer look at her skin texture and blazing hunter's eyes.

The painting above is called "Feeding the Pack".  The wretched scan doesn't do the painting much justice here as darks will sometimes become strangely grainy and loose subtle color shifts.  Wizards of the Coast of course worked from the original painting and didn't have to rely on my shabby scan.  Taking a page from Chris Moeller, I got loose and slightly uncontrolled with the brush to create more of a textured and, in this scene, misty atmosphere - and played up the breathe of the horrid wolves.

While Ranger's Guile is one of my faves, "Hanweir Lancermay very well be THEE favorite of the lot - but only this version.  The final painting, while nice enough, is a little lighter overall and when I tweaked the darkness just a tad, it became much bolder and powerful.  The sketch had two guys in the foreground as well but I nixed them in favor of showing that spray of kicked up dirt and blood, that nice contour of the horse's belly and haunch, and of course, the dude getting trampled violently (see his arm ripping off!).  Also, I'm none too skilled at drawing horses but I'm slowly becoming better.  This is one of my better horse attempts.

One final note, the links to the interview on that I put in the previous post aren't working anymore.  I contacted the guy that interviewed me and he says he will find a new home for the interview and inform me of it so I can repost a new link.  Sorry 'bout that!

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