Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Magic update: Journey into Nyx, Conspiracy, M15

I haven't done a Magic update in a while so here are a few of the recent cards that came out.

Godhunter Octopus
MtG - Journey Into Nyx
© Wizards of the Coast LLC
Betrayed by Heliod
MtG - Story Short
© Wizards of the Coast LLC
Marchesa's Emissary
MtG - Conspiracy
© Wizards of the Coast LLC

Secrets of Paradise
MtG - Conspiracy
© Wizards of the Coast LLC

Selvala, Explorer Returned
MtG - Conspiracey
© Wizards of the Coast LLC
Garruk, Apex Predator
MtG - M15
© Wizards of the Coast LLC


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

D&D Core Books

The new core books for D&D's 5th edition have just been announced and I had the opportunity to paint a couple of them.  Let's just say I couldn't say yes fast enough when I received the request. Talk about a once in a lifetime opportunity!!

The first one I was given was the Player's Handbook.  The original image was cropped down a bit for the final cover.  I don't always like when this happens but it is part of the process and typically why many ADs ask for lots of bleed on the image.  Ultimately I think it turned out really nice with the tight crop.

The Player's Handbook (Uncropped)
Final Print Version
The second one commissioned, only about a couple months ago, was the Dungeon Master's Guide.  This time around we anticipated a close crop and I painted the image for that specifically.

Dungeon Master's Guide
Final Print Version
I was truly honored to get to work on two of the core books for the next installment of D&D.  Big thanks to the ADs, Melissa and Shauna for these two paintings.

Jeff LaSala wrote a great article over at Tor discussing what D&D has instore with 5th edition.  We had a little chat about the covers I painted.  Check it out here

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Year of The Sundering

For a good amount of 2013 (and some of 2012) I created a series of character focused images for D&D's Sundering Campaign. A lot of this imagery has finally been hitting the shelves in the past few months for D&D's Sundering Adventures.  A while back I did a couple posts on the two major character posters for the Sundering announcements. Head on back and check them out. The Sundering announcement. The Sundering Campaign key art.

I wanted to show how the packaging came into play on these pieces because I don't often get to see the final result until well after these items are in stores.  The graphic design work and logo placement on all these really made them come to life. One thing to note is that a lot of the time, especially on covers like this, a good amount of the work will get covered up or cropped out. The client will ask for that extra bleed so that they have a good amount of space to work with for placement.









Each booklet for these adventures contained foldouts highlighting the characters.  This meant all the characters need to be fully painted and on their own layers in the final file.  Here is how some of that looked.



This was a really great set of pieces to work on with lots of fun and interesting characters to develop.  I really had a blast and its great to finally see them all in print. 

I should have a few more things relating to the Sundering around the corner so stay tuned.


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