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Keldar

Feywild Fortune Card Art .
©Wizards of the Coast.

Acrylic, Approx 8" x 11"

Original artwork for sale.

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'Keldar's battle cry rang out across the ancient ruins as he brought his ancestral axe down in a slicing arc.'

This piece of art was created for the Dungeons & Dragons Feywild fortune cards, of which further details can be found on my blog:
[link]

I wanted a dramatic action pose for Keldar, so adopted a very low point of view, foreshortening and strong lighting to help convey that.
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Gates of Neverdeath

Dungeons & Dragons cover artwork.
© WOTC; D&D.

Acrylics, Approx 34" x 31"
Original artwork for sale.

"The Necromancer held the mighty crown aloft, with it's powers and his undead army he swore he'd be unstoppable..."

I have written an entry on my blog [link] detailing the creation of this painting, including preparatory sketches and the cover mockup.

I was asked to create an image that placed the viewer at the heart of the piece - as if they were being actively engaged by the undead. I chose a low viewpoint and forced perspective to emphasise the central viewing position as the focus of the piece.

In addition the majority of the painting has a limited palette, meaning that the Necromancer's red robes really pop and bring him into sharp focus.
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Lords of Waterdeep

Boardgame Cover Artwork.
©Wizards of the Coast.

Acrylic, Approx 19" x 22"

Original artwork for sale.
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"The Lords of Waterdeep are a conclave that rules the ancient city through all means possible - their actions shaping it for both good and ill..."

I was asked to place three different, and iconic, 'Lords' upon the box cover. I went for a degree of symmetry, including the dark robes alongside the light armour, whilst also adopting a low viewpoint to imbue the figures with menace and authority. the sun helps create both a focal point, and dramatic lighting, an effect augmented by the clouds.
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Gardmore Abbey

Madness at Gardmore Abbey: D&D super adventure
©Wizards of the Coast.

Acrylic, Approx 21" x 27"

Original artwork for sale.

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The abbey had long since been overrun by barbaric evil forces, but it had yet to yield all it's secrets...

The overall composition is broadly triangular, but
The Ettin (two-headed giant) allowed me to direct it's gaze in opposite directions, creating different dynamics.

I also chose to a strong palette of blues Vs reds/purples to create a lot of push/pull dynamism in the colour.

Details of the book can be found here: [link]

I also have details of the sketch stages to view on my Blog:
[link]
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Andronus

Feywild Fortune Card Art .
©Wizards of the Coast.

Acrylic, Approx 8" x 11"

Original artwork for sale.

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'The singing was beautiful and mesmeric; a simple shift in pitch, key or melody would shape the listeners tempers and desires.'

This piece of art was created for the Dungeons & Dragons Feywild fortune cards, of which further details can be found on my blog:
[link]

Conveying the sense of magical singing was key to this image, and the halo effect works well to convey that and draw focus to his face.

Additionally I chose a view looking down upon Andronus to make him less threatening and more open.

The palette is also nice and warm and harmonious.
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Healing Hand

Rules Compendium; D&D Supplement.
©Wizards of the Coast.

Acrylic, Approx 16" x 12.5"

Original artwork for sale.

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Shara did achieve great deeds, but at what cost...

Healing Hand has another appearance from Falon (I'm getting quite familiar with this guy now), this time helping out Shara, who nearly bit off more than she could handle by taking on that Troll.


Shara's red clothing helps provide the colour contrast to make her and Falon the focal point, with the nice glowing hand providing the pinpoint. The softened, light. background, also helps pull our eye that way, whilst strengthening Shara's silhouette. It also allowed me to lose the edges around Falon, adding to the mystical feel.
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Spiral of Tharizdun

Feywild Fortune Cards Packaging Art .
©Wizards of the Coast.

Acrylic, Approx 14" x 17"

Original artwork for sale.

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'Scar not only carries a big axe, but he can also wield some powerful magic.'

This was created as the cover art for a Dungeons & Dragons fortune cards set. The focus of the image needed to be in the top part of the picture, in this respect the magical fire proved to be a useful tool in providing focus and letting me add some strong rim lighting to give the figure depth.

Deatils of the cards can be found here:
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Gates of Neverdeath

Dungeons & Dragons cover artwork.
© WOTC; D&D.

Acrylics, Approx 9" x 12"
Original artwork for sale.

"The Necromancer held the mighty crown aloft, with it's powers and his undead army he swore he'd be unstoppable..."


This image is a crop from the large, poster-sized, image I posted earlier in the week. I wanted to submit this piece as it shows how I intended the cover image to look. It should also enable you to more detail, especially in the Necromancer.

I have written an entry on my blog [link] detailing the creation of this painting, including preparatory sketches and the cover mockup.

I was asked to create an image that placed the viewer at the heart of the piece - as if they were being actively engaged by the undead. I chose a low viewpoint and forced perspective to emphasise the central viewing position as the focus of the piece.

In addition the majority of the painting has a limited palette, meaning that the Necromancer's red robes really pop and bring him into sharp focus.
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Talisman; The Dragon

Boardgame cover artwork.

© Fantasy Flight Games/ Games Workshop

Acrylic, 22.5" x 22.5"

Original artwork for sale

The motley group of adventurers all sought to get to the top of the Tower and unlock the secrets within - but only one would succeed...

This was created as a cover for a Talisman board game expansion, and it was great to revisit the Talisman world to create a new Dragon. This one needed to look quite different from the original



but still look suitably challenging and awesome.

I really ramped up the low viewpoint and steep perspective to give it more power and increase it's threat level.

Details of the game, along with a picture of the art on the cover, can be found here:
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The last

Dungeons & Dragons supplement cover artwork.
© WOTC; D&D.

Acrylic, Approx 13" x 17".

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The steely gaze tell us something of why the Hobgoblin clan is now only remembered through their fallen statues.

I wanted to try to create a sense of tension within the image, of a power capable of being unleashed at any moment. To do this I tried to juxtapose a fairly static figure against the movement of her cloak and hair, with the added element of the magically powered up arrowhead.

This is further reinforced by the colour conflict between the subtle purples in the shadows and the strong saturated green of the cloak.

You can see the painting on the cover along with full details of the book here:

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