Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Gen Con 2017 Recap - Day 0

There are back again! Another Gen Con has come and gone and it was another blur of fun and adventure in the artist alley. This was not just any Gen Con, this was Gen Con 50 and it was one for the record books. It was said that there were 75,000 attending every day and on many of the days it certainly felt like they were all in the artist alley. This was my best Gen Con to date and I thank everyone who came to my booth and made that happen. It was great to see so many familiar faces and to meet so many new people. There is definitely an amazing community of artist at Gen Con and I am thrilled to be a part of it every year. As with every year it feel like we have a huge week of convention fun ahead of us and with a blink of the eye it is all over. I will be sharing images and thoughts from Gen Con 50 over the next several days to give you a glimpse of my experiences at a record breaking convention. SO MAY people work tirelessly to make the Gen Con art show what it is and it would now happen without the work of Barbara Fisher, Diesel LaForce, and their awesome team. I am still getting my head around everything that happen over the four days of Gen Con 50, but it was certainly a lot of fun. Hopefully as I write these posts the memories and adventures will come together into a coherent tale. Here are some images from the travel to Gen Con and set up to get things started...

It is always a challenge to get everything into my car for Gen Con. I often think I have brought too little until I try to fit it all in. This time around it was going really smoothly... until the end, where it all went horribly wrong. But it all fit.

I had planned to head to Gen Con, but I was persuaded to go in another route thanks to some extremely powerful marketing.

It would not be a drive to Gen Con without a gratuitous image of the rocket...

...and the dinosaur along the road. I think this was my best image yet of each of them.

Indianapolis was CRAZY busy. This image does not even come close to showing just how much traffic, both on the streets and sidewalks, there was. For as many people as there were, everyone for the most part was well behaved and organized.

The booth came together extremely quickly this year.
It would have been even quicker if I wasn't talking to everyone around me and catching up.
In reality, more and more each year to becomes clear to me that I am at Gen Con to see my art family more than to promote myself as an artist.

A look from the 12th floor of our hotel of the convention center.

Another look at the surroundings. This area is quickly becoming our home base in Indianapolis.

That is all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog, see you back here tomorrow for more Gen Con coverage! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Friday, August 18, 2017

Come See Me at Gen Con Artist Alley Table 27!

Gen Con 2017 is happening NOW! If you are attending I hope to see you in the Artist Alley. I am at table 27 and I am surrounded by some incredible artists. I have loads of my monster art with me and I have some amazing deals on unframed paintings. If you have been wanting one of my paintings, this is an opportunity you do not want to pass up! I hope you already have your tickets, because Gen Con 2017 is SOLD OUT.

Gen Con Artist Alley is where the shenanigans happen.
See you at table 27!

That is all for anther exciting week on the blog, see you back here next week! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gen Con 2017 Starts Tomorrow, See You There!

I am already on my way to Gen Con 2017 and it is looking to be the biggest, craziest, and most fun yet. Not only is Gen Con completely sold out, it is the 50th Gen Con, so you know it is going to be a special time. I hope to see you when you come visit the Artist Alley! There will be tons of amazing art for the taking.

I am bringing loads of paintings, drawings, prints, sketchbooks, and much more. I will also have some GREAT deals on unframed paintings. If you have ever wanted to own one of my paintings, then Gen Con 2017 is the place to get some amazing deals! But once they are gone, they are gone.

Come see me at Artist Alley table 27 for all the monster art you stand!

I will be doing a full recap of the events of the con once the dust has settled and I have returned home. Gone are the days I could run a show AND cover it every day. There has to be a delay now.

That is all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog, see you back here on Friday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

Shifting Shadow - MtG - Commander 2017

The entire set of Commander 2017, the newest expansion to Magic the Gathering, was spoiled last week. This means I can now share my card coming out as part of Commander 2017. I present you with Shifting Shadow...

Shifting Shadow
Magic the Gathering - Commander 2017
14 x 10.2- Digital
© 2017 Wizards of the Coast

This was a really interesting piece to work on. A tiny little feisty lizard needed to look like it had the shadow of a giant dragon. I did so many thumbnails trying to work this one out. In the end, I think it worked out great and this is one of my favorite Magic pieces. A HUGE thanks goes out to Mark Winters for the Shifting Shadow assignment!

While the final for this piece was digital, the original drawings associated with this piece will be available at Gen Con 2017, August 17-20. Prints will be also be available soon. Finally, artist proofs will be available once the set is released and I have received them. Speaking of drawings, here is a look at the drawing and tonal study that I did for Shifting Shadow...

Shifting Shadow - Drawing
Magic the Gathering - Commander 2017
17 x 14 -Pencil on paper
Original available at Gen Con 2017 - August 17-20
© 2017 Wizards of the Coast

Shifting Shadow - Tonal Study
Magic the Gathering - Commander 2017
17 x 14 -Pencil on paper
Original available at Gen Con 2017 - August 17-20
© 2017 Wizards of the Coast

The tonal study did not slip through the cracks this time! Here is a look at the final card version of the Shifting Shadow... 

Shifting Shadow in handy dandy card form

That is all for anther exciting Monday on the blog, see you back here on Wednesday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Friday, August 11, 2017

Slipping Through the Cracks - MtG Festering Mummy - Tonal study

With all the complexities of life sometime work slips through the cracks. Case in point, the tonal study that I did for the Festering Mummy from the Magic the Gathering expansion, Amonkhet. Somehow it never made it up here on the blog. Poor overlooked tonal study... Oversight corrected! 

This piece, and MANY others, will be with me at Gen Con 50 next week in Indianapolis! Come see me at Artist Alley table 27 on August 17-20. Be one of the first to the opportunity to give this piece a forever home!

Festering Mummy - Tonal study
Magic the Gathering - Amonkhet
17 x 14 -Pencil on paper
Original available at Gen Con 2017 - August 17-20
© 2017 Wizards of the Coast

That is all for another exciting week on the blog, see you back here on Monday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Monday, August 7, 2017

Trandoshan Mercenary - Aggressive Negotiation - Star Wars LCG

Just in time for Gen Con I am happy to share with you a newly released painting for the Star Wars card game. With the arrival of my contributors copy of Aggressive Negotiation, the newest expansion to the Star Wars LCG, I can now share my Trandoshan Mercenary with you...

Trandoshan Mercenary
Star Wars LCG - Aggressive Negotiation
14 x 11 - Acrylic and pencil on board
Art Director - Taylor Ingvarsson
Original available at Gen Con 2017 - August 17-20
© 2017 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games 
 
Trandoshan Mercenary
Star Wars LCG - Aggressive Negotiation
17 x 14 - Acrylic and pencil on board
Art Director - Taylor Ingvarsson
Original available at Gen Con 2017 - August 17-20
© 2017 Lucasfilm, Ltd. TM Lucasfilm, Ltd. Under license to Fantasy Flight Games
 
This piece is special to me for a couple reasons. First, it my be my favorite traditionally painted piece that I have done for Star Wars on a craft level of putting paint on a surface. I am really really happy with how the paint went down and what I did with the paint to achieve the finished product. Second, this card was specifically designed and put into to the game for me by the designers of the Star Wars card game! I had mentioned here on the blog several times about my attempts to get a big knife in the hands of a Trandoshan in a painting have never worked out. Well, Erik Dahlman over at FFG took notice and made sure there was a Trandoshan with a knife card with my name on it in a set. Can't beat that! Thanks Erik!

Trandoshan Mercenary in handy dandy card form

If you are attending Gen Con 2017, August 17-20, be sure to swing by Artist Alley Table 27 to see this piece in person when it makes its debut! Look for the process and steps that went into making this painting here on the blog in the coming months.

That is all for another exiting Monday on the blog, see you back here on Wednesday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Friday, August 4, 2017

Monster Coloring Classics - Adult Coloring Books, a Kickstarter by Jacob Walker


Jacob Walker is currently running a most excellent Kickstarter campaign that I wanted to highlight today on the blog. Monster Coloring Classics - Adult Coloring Books us a very fun and great looking take on monsters and coloring books. I love Jacob's work and I was thrilled to back his first Kickstarter, so it was a no brainer to pass the word along about his new endeavor. The campaign just started, so now is the time to job on board and get yourself some great monster art that you can color, if you so choose to!


Monster Coloring Classics - Adult Coloring Books offers up two books full of great monster drawings with many level to pledge at. Jacob is offering many additional items that you can add on to fill your life with even more monsters!

Featuring two books each with 25 images of monster art! 

Not only is there a level to buy the original art used for the two books, there are some really great shirts and a sticker that can be yours as part of this campaign. I have my heart set on shirt #2. Can't wait to wear that one!

Offering up great shirt options! 

If you love monsters, great art, and helping independent artist create their own products then I HIGHLY recommend you backing Monster Coloring Classics - Adult Coloring Books! If Jacob's last Kickstarter is any indication, this will be an amazing high quality product that you will be thrilled to own.

That's all for another exciting week on the blog, see you back here on Monday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com