Thursday, July 6, 2017

MTG SHOP - Artist Proofs & Original Drawings

Welcome to my shop for purchasing my Magic card Artist Proofs and Original Drawings!

MAKING A PURCHASE:
Send an email with subject "MTG PURCHASE" to mrburns928@aol.com listing what you would like to buy. I will confirm the price of your order and then you can send payment to me via Paypal.

*Please note, my schedule tends to fluctuate, so at times I may not be able to respond to emails immediately. If my schedule becomes too overwhelming to take on new orders, I will make a note on this page.

*****ARTIST PROOFS*****

Foil Proofs, Non-foil Proofs, White-back
What is an Artist Proof?
Artist Proofs are the same as a regular Magic card except the back side is completely white. Artists typically receive 50 Regular (non-foil) copies and 30 Premium (Foil) copies after a card is physically published. The limited quantity of these cards make them highly collectible, and the white backs are perfect for adding drawings.

Buyer Info:
  • Each Artist Proof comes with a free signature and is numbered on the front.
  • For an additional cost, you can have a sketch of my choosing (themed to the card) drawn on the back. 
  • Prices per card will depend on the card's rarity and popularity.
  • Card only purchases will be charged for shipping:
    $1 for 5 or less cards
    $2 for 6-18 cards
    $3 for 19-54 cards

Soulstinger (Amonkhet)

Soulstinger:
Regular (Non-foil) = $5
Regular (Non-foil) with sketch = $25
Premium (Foil) = $15
Premium (Foil) with sketch = $35












*****ORIGINAL DRAWINGS*****


Below are the original pencil drawings I have available for purchase. Sometimes I create a preliminary drawing as part of the process to creating a Magic illustration, other times I create a supplemental drawing after the card art is finished to go along with the card's release (these are not part of the actual creation of the card art itself).

Buyer Info:
  •  All drawings are created with pencils on Bristol paper.
  • Drawing purchases come with free domestic shipping within the United States, for purchases outside the U.S. there will be an additional charge.
  • Drawing purchases made in the same order as artist proof purchases will have no additional shipping fee per-card amount.
  • All drawings will be insured and you will receive a tracking number.
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 Soulstinger - Preliminary Drawing - SOLD

Soulstinger - Preliminary Drawing (Used in card art creation)

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Soulstinger - Supplemental Drawing - $250
Soulstinger - Supplemental Drawing (Not used in card art creation)

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Ramunap Hydra - Supplemental Drawing - $250
Ramunap Hydra - Supplemental Drawing (Not used in card art creation)
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 Quarry Beetle - Supplemental Drawing - $250
Quarry Beetle - Supplemental Drawing (Not used in card art creation)

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

My first Magic: the Gathering card


The full preview for Magic the Gathering's latest set, Amonkhet was finally unveiled yesterday, and with it, the first Magic card I've illustrated. I would like to introduce you to Soulstinger...

Totally putting this into my mono-black -1/-1 counters deck :D

I'm very excited! Well before I got my first Magic assignment, I would (and still do) interact with Magic on a daily basis. It's one of my favorite things! So it's incredibly cool to be a part of the game that I've been enjoying for ~10 years.
Soulstinger
While I definitely worked hard to get to this point, there's no way I would've been able to make it if it weren't for the constant help given to me over the years by so many. If you're reading this and you've ever spent any amount of time helping me in any way, this thank you is for you (there are so many of you I couldn't possibly name them all <3 b="">Thank you all!!

My collection should give you an idea of how excited I am.
And I gotta give a special thanks to Cynthia Sheppard. She did a lot to help me get my foot in the door with Magic, and I was very happy to work with her for the first time on Amonkhet. Thank you Cynthia!!

Thanks for taking the time to read, and may you "Rise Among the Worthy".

Friday, September 25, 2015

Futuristic Violence & Fancy Suits Promotional Art


Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements




I recently did some promotional art for David Wong's latest novel titled "Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits". It's a stand-alone story (not part of the John Dies at the End series) that I'd give you a synopsis for but why read that when you can read the FIRST SEVEN CHAPTERS FOR FREE instead!?

It's a really fun read that had me laughing out loud very often. If you like ridiculous humor and suspense-filled action, go ahead and do yourself the favor of ordering the book, I highly recommend it! Now with that, please enjoy the promotional material I made for the book, they'll give you an extra slice of what's in store.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE BOOK!

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Night of Ice & Fire

"A Night of Ice & Fire"
A few weeks back I was contacted by Zack Luye, one of the hosts of the Game of Owns podcast, asking me if I could illustrate a promotional poster for their upcoming Game of Thrones event: "A Night of Ice and Fire"

It'll be a live-event happening on October 9th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square New York City as part of New York Comic Con's Super Week. It'll be hosted by Rave of Thrones' Kristian Nairn (Hodor on Game of Thrones) and the 3 hosts of Game of Owns, Zack Luye, Eric Scull, and Micah Tannenbaum. If you'll be in NYC for NYCC and you're a fan of Game of Thrones enjoy an awesome evening amongst like-minded folk by clicking the following link to order your ticket now!

Purchase your ticket to A Night of Ice & Fire HERE!


Hodor (Kristian Nairn) laying down some fresh beats
I've been an avid listener of the podcast for over 2 years now and I've written in from time to time when they send out their "call for owns" asking listeners to share their favorite "own-worthy" moments of the most recent episodes / chapters of Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice & Fire. Turns out it's a good idea to have a link to your website at the footer of all your emails because Zack happened to go to my site, see my work, and liked what he saw enough to ask me to paint their poster.

The GoO crew keepin it chill on the dance floor (Eric, Zack, Micah, left to right)
It was a really fun project and Zack offered some great input. This was truly a joint effort to make the final image come to life and I'm extremely pleased with the outcome. This was also my first freelance assignment where I designed text to go along with the image, and I gotta say I'm really happy with the end result which Zack helped steer me towards.

Winter isn't the only thing coming to New York City
Hope you like the poster! And check out the Game of Owns podcast, it's a really great show if you're a big Game of Thrones fan like myself. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Temptation of Majora - Process Shots

Here's all the steps that led up to the final illustration for The Temptation of Majora. Don't forget that if you're interested in buying a print of this piece you can get one by clicking HERE.
Skull Kid Study
Just trying to play with color, lighting, and mood. Trying to get the juices flowing and get into the spirit.
Majora Redesigns

1 - Rough greyscale sketch

2 - Tight drawing

3 - Flat colors, creating silhouettes

4 - starting to render the form of Majora

5 - more rendering forms, moving onto skull kid

6 - lighting skull kid with the mask as a light source

7 - Painting over Majora's forms to add patterning

8 - adding in details, fixing anatomy

9 - first pass on background

10 - I didn't like Skull kid's hat so I redid it, added tendrils from Majora

11 - refining hat shape, pushing tendril back in space

12 - Enhancing lighting, render, render

13 - adding hair, enhancing glow

14 - adjusting background to enhance the focus + add interest, add back-lighting

15 - enhance secondary lighting

16 - adjust trees (felt weird) enhance rim-lighting

17 - foreground rendering

18 - adjusting values, adding glows to help focal points

19 - Calming down my colors + adjustment layers and final touches

BONUS: Alternate sketch idea, Link Vs. Majora
Thanks for making it all the way to the end! If you have any questions for me feel free to email me at mrburns928@aol.com and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Temptation of Majora

There's been a lot of buzz about Majora's Mask lately with the remastered game coming out on the 3DS. I pre-ordered the game (had to get the gold cartridge) when it first came out back in 2000. And it was one of those games that really stuck with me thanks to it's dark and unsettling atmosphere, some great new gameplay features, and some really cool designs.
"Do you want to play with me?"
The mask itself is very iconic and striking, and what it transforms into later in the game is pretty bizarre. Here are the 3 stages of the mask...
Majora's Mask

Majora's Incarnation

Majora's Wrath

While each stage of Majora has some really cool and unsettling elements to it, I always felt like the Incarnation stage was a bit too goofy, and that the Wrath stage was a bit too hard to see what was going on, and the pyramids on his shoulders feel out of place.

Majora redesign

So I decided to try and reinterpret the final form of Majora, taking cues from the designs that are already in place, but trying to make something that I thought might fit better. My main concern was, if the mask was created in Majora's image, then you should be able to see details in the creature form that became more subtle in the Mask itself. Instead of just the mask turning into the creature, I wanted to create a creature that the mask could be based on.

(100% resolution)


I was pretty happy with the results of my redesign, and so instead of stopping there, I decided to incorporate the design into a full illustration. I wanted to show the moment of Skull Kid's temptation for the Mask. At the point depicted in my illustration, he hasn't yet worn the mask, but he can sense great power coming from within, a power that is looming over him and just waiting for him to seize it. A lot of my portfolio tends to be a lot of dudes just standing around, so I really wanted to try and tell a story with this piece. I hope you like the results. I'll be posting process shots in a later blog post so keep an eye out if you're interested<3 br="">
Click HERE to buy a print!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Red Wedding Still Life (+process)

Here's a new piece I recently finished up for the Game of Thrones Compendium thing going on. Hoping to get some publicity through that with this still life depicting the Red Wedding. I thought it would be an interesting idea to depict the Red Wedding scene from the books by only using objects. There's so much great symbolism in the books that I wanted focus on that for this painting.

If you really like it you can pick up a print of it over at my InPrnt shop, just click HERE.

Here's the step by step:
Initial Sketch










Final Rendering