A playmat done for StarCityGames.com, to start off the fall Open Trial season. I’d play in them, but I’m legit the worst human at playing competitive Magic, haha. So instead, you should play in them! Go do it.
This scene takes place on the plane of Innistrad, during some sort of fall festival (canonically it can’t be the Feast of Goldnight due to the night being very much a regular purple night… to my nerdy chagrin). I intended the retreat on the clifftop over yonder to be reminiscent of Clifftop Retreat, one of my favorite land cards. :)
I hope WotC decides this plane is worth visiting again! Ravnica/Theros/Khans are all fantastic (really, can’t complain!) but there’s a special place in my heart for gothic horror.
This time, I got to pay homage to the incredible Terese Nielsen. She’s one of my very favorite Magic artists, and I also had the pleasure of meeting her at GP Charlotte, making this an extra personal assignment for me. (I hope I did you proud and make you smile, Terese!)
It was also great as a technical exercise. It was very important that I get the lighting/values right, and because of the nature of the piece I spent a lot of time really studying the light and form on Force of Will. I took away a lot from that.
(And just like Terese was her own model for Force of Will, I modeled my squirrel’s excellent physique myself. ;) )
The Creature Collection for StarCityGames.com is back, and first with PANDAS! Yep, had to draw pandas for my job. Pretty ok with that. Although to be honest with you, the part of this that I love the most is the vegetation on the left. Artists! We’re weird!
It’s always fun seeing how much my sketches DON’T look like the person I’m supposed to draw, haha. If I remember to follow my own advice if I can, I usually tackle the face first… I find it the hardest to paint.