So, my initial plan, with the end of the school year, was to take a look at all of my unfinished paintings, and simply "clear the docket." However, and I'm not sure when this occurred, after a bit of pondering and gear turning, I decided time might be better spent developing a true sample portfolio of work that I would like to do. And as the old saying goes, "shoot for the stars, and you may hit the moon..." I'm going to work up a group of pieces with the hope of garnering some work with Magic the Gathering.
As of right now, there will be five pieces in the sample portfolio - one for each color of Mana in the Magic Multiverse. And, each piece should showcase the following:
- Dynamic design in the 3:4 compositional frame.
- Accuracy and realism in concept and storytelling (make it believable).
- A painterly approach (and, tackling a personal weak spot, making sure I don't lean on this as an excuse to not include fun details and rendering).
So the first piece out of the gate is going to tackle a Red card - The Sparkmage. Wayne Reynolds' piece for the "Cunning Sparkmage" just strikes me as everything a piece of Wizards of the Coast art should be. Bad-A looking main character, insane baroque armor and equipment, magical effecty hoohah, and strong design and color. In all, a super inspiring piece, if I can capture a fraction of this I'll be happy.
So the initial thumbnails are bouncing around fairly inspired by this idea of the mage catching and redirecting the lightning:
In the first image next to some of those really bad thumbnails, you can see my notes on what the important bits of the piece are to be, in order here:
- Baroque Electro Armor and Equipment
- Dynamic Pose
- Reds (obviously this will be for the painting)
- Background Elements
The rough above led me into this super rough digi as my color rough. I like where some of the values are going, but I definitely need to push my colors more towards the red side of things. And, though the idea of all of those electro-storage/tesla-coil doodads on his armor being lit up seemed great in my head - our mage here is looking a lot like a Christmas tree.
Thanks for hanging in there for the maiden post! Stay tuned, Friday night should see the posting of my final drawing for the painting.