Created for the Gatecrash set of Magic: The Gathering. This is personally one of my favorite pieces I've created for Magic. It came out close to what I imagined and I learned more about lighting and painting metal in the process.
Final image I did for Gatecrash. I think out of my Ravnica illustrations this one features my favorite/best incorporation of a guild's logo; the Boros fist holding her headband thingie. Such is my paltry incorporation of guild logos.
Art Director: Jeremy Jarvis Copyright Wizards of the Coast LLC
I'm so glad I got the opportunity to illustrate these planeswalkers, especially for a duel deck. It was a fun challenge fitting what is essentially two separate illustrations into one composition and having it still feel organic - the characters had to work both together AND separately, and it took some trial and error to get them there.
A rare glimpse of "Dancedozer, the Incredible Hulk's fetish night persona" out clubbing. A brilliant and thumpy remix-mash-up of "Total Eclipse of the Heart," and "Turbo Lover" is currently blaring. I didn't even think it could be done.
You should see what Thor is wearing...
For Magic: the Gathering, copyright Wizards of the Coast. Art direction by Jeremy Jarvis
Fist spike things by "Repurposed Mining Gear and Superfreaky Novelties Inc."
Is this a preview pic of the new live action Nightmare Before Christmas II: Oogey Boogey Beach Party? Are the skulls singing "It's Actually Really for Serious Ours This time!" in seven part harmony? Is that sad, jawless fellow playing backup cowbell?
Sadly, no. That magnificent film was shelved in favor of "Dora the Explorer Meets the Care Bear Fellowship of the Rings" direct to DVD.
So then who is this mysterious figure? Zombie Hamlet? Darth Maul's albino brother? Alice Cooper in his shower robe?
I, of course, totally know. But if I told you, he'd lose all that wonderful mystery!
What I can tell you, is that the reference was shot on location. We snuck into Rush Limbaugh's giant "Cannibal Club" hot tub, while he was away devouring infants. The majority of the bones are from the tub, but curiously, there were no skulls. I think he may fill them with his copious excess bile, and offer them up in the dark rituals that must be how he conjured a career in the first place.
For Magic the Gathering. Copyright Wizards of the Coast. Art directed by Jeremy Jarvis.
Skulls provided by "Creepy Pete's No Questions Asked Cleaning and Disposal," a division of "Anything Goes Necro Supply" owned and operated by "Families, Traditional Values, Kittens, Puppies, and Candy for Orphans, a Nonprofit."
The change of the title to this piece was unfortunate. After some rough debate, the Magic the Gathering crew decided to scrap the original title of "Dr. Grope McSqueezles' Super Fun Time Hugging Machine." (Now with "ghetto booty" grip!)
- Once again, the astute viewer-player will note that this is slightly different than the version on the card.
For Magic: the Gathering. Art direction by Jeremy Jarvis. Copyright Wizards of the Coast.
Scarves by Miskatonic Tentacle Warmers Specialty Inc.