Saturday, April 12, 2014

Journey Into Nyx

Journey into Nyx has finally arrived.  Here is the final piece of art (out of three) that I did for the Theros sets.

Journey into Nyx
Detail

Check out the set over at MtG's official page here.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Born of the Gods Magic Cards

Here are a few of the new card illustrations that will be in the Born of the Gods MtG set.
Perplexing Chimera

Pain Seer

Eye Gouge

Grisly Transformation

Take a look at all the amazing cards in the set.  Born of the Gods



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Society of Illustrators West 52

The awards for the Society of Illustrators West 52 were recently announced and I am honored to say I received the Joseph Morgan Henninger Award of Best of Show for my Son of Sardaar painting.

Son of Sardaar
Additionally I received a Silver Award for my Wheel of Time cover "Crown of Swords"

Crown of Swords

I want to say a giant THANK YOU to all the judges, everyone at the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and all my fellow artists and supporters.  I am very much looking forward to attending the opening on March 7th in Burbank CA.  Come out if you can. Check out all the other great winners here.

Also, I just did a complete overhaul of my website.  It is very much up to date now and a lot easier to navigate than the last one.  www.tylerjacobsonart.com

Monday, January 13, 2014

Born of the Gods!!!

After painting the Elspeth key art for MtG's Theros release I moved onto the next phase.  Here is the art I painted for Born of the Gods.
Born of the Gods

Detail


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Adventures with Applibot

I have been doing some work for Applibot's Legend of the Cryptids lately and it has been a blast so far. Here are a few of the pieces I have painted for them to date.

The Ruler of Shadows

The Military Undead

Darkness

Eidolon and the Phantom Beast

Monday, September 16, 2013

Theros Cards

Here are a couple cards that I had in the Theros set.  Very fun world to work in.

Ordeal of Erebos
Voyaging Satyr

Sunday, September 8, 2013

New MtG Cards: Dragon's Maze and M14

Here are a few recent cards I did for Magic the Gathering.

Ætherling - MtG Dragon's Maze
Ruric Thar, The Unbowed - MtG Dragon's Maze
Syphon Sliver - MtG M14
Dawnstrike Paladin - MtG M14
The funny thing about this piece last is that it was one of the very first cards I ever painted for MtG.  I guess they finally ended up using it, which is great!  I did it along with the card Sneak Attack (below) which was only available in a promo pack.

Sneak Attack - Promo Card



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Theros!!!

With the announcement of Magic the Gathering's latest release of Theros, here is some of the key art I created.  Both feature the planeswalker Elspeth.

Elspeth slays the Hydra

Detail

Elspeth Box Art

Detail



Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Sundering continues....with Isteval

Late last year I designed a new character for Jon Schindehette at D&D.  He was to be named Isteval.  The writers at D&D provided me with an awesome description of an old paladin who's glory days were well behind him now, yet he still had some stature and pride.

Isteval Concept Art

Ultimately he was to be part of a large lineup of characters for the next Sundering adventure for Forgotten Realms. This was another layered image containing many characters I had addressed in some other covers for D&D as well as a few new ones.

The Sundering - Make Your Story Legend
Each character had to be on its own layer, very much like the previous Sundering image I created.  Here are a few shots of some of the layers as well as a few closeups.  The full image ended up being pretty enormous. I had a blast working on this one.







 I also had to go into some detail for the stained glass window in the background.
The Sundering Stained Glass
Finally, the crew at D&D ended up putting together some pretty amazing stuff.  They had a cinematic video created that featured Isteval in full 3 dimensional action walking around in a scene which also contained my stained glass window.  I was completely floored when I saw all this.  I never imagined my character coming to life like this.  Huge thanks and congratulations to everyone at D&D that made this happen.  



Jon also did a nice write up about mere here, discussing my time working with D&D over the years:  http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.aspx?x=dnd_4dreye_20130807

Much more to come.  I am sorry for the delay in posting.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Magic Update - Ravnica and Gatecrash

I think I have only posted one of my Magic card illustration so far.  I have fallen a bit behind so here is a big update of many of the pieces that have been recently released.
From the Return to Ravnica Set:
Martial Law

Chaos Imps

Thrill-Kill Assassin

And from the recently released Gatecrash:

Firefist Striker
Gyre Sage

Domri Rade - Planeswalker

Aurelia's Fury


Vizkopa Guildmage
Cheers!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all!!  I painted this portrait of Sir Peter Jackson and month or so back. After recently enjoying The Hobbit film, I thought I would share it before the year's end.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rise of the Underdark 3

Well, I finished these Rise of the Underdark images many months ago (nearly a year), but the time has finally come to show the last piece in the set.  Here are the previous ones if you missed them.  Underdark 1, Underdark 2.

This project certainly took some doing as each piece got a little more complex as we went along.  When I reached the last image the AD, Melissa Rapier, really wanted an explosion which the other pieces would lead up to.  The burning of the world and the complete rise of the Drow and the Underdark.

Some details

Here is some process work.

Initially I had a pretty different idea with a large monster behind the main figure.  That was scrapped and a larger scene with more figures and depth was worked out.
We also played around with the main figure and how he should fit in the scene.  In the end I opted to have him set back more in the haze of fire.


Here is the final pencil before I got into all the layered figures.


Finally,  here is how all the layered played out.