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Deep Magic

Client:Kobold Press

Art Director:Marc Radle

Date Published:2016

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Clockwork

This project was catered to my strengths. Each piece was made to be iconic.

These illustrations are part of a series of expansion books made for the 5th edition rule set.

I made a total of 12 illustrations, each showcasing a different type of magic. All of these show a single figure using their respective magic in a telling way.

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High Elven
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Rings
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Chaos
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Angelic
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Blood
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Battle
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Ley Lines
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Runes
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Northlands

Sketches

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Angelic

The brief called for a righteous and holy female cleric holding back a black cloud.

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Clockwork

The conversation with the AD called for a gearmage buiding a geared golem of sorts. There had been some mentioned of it being a scene that had gotten depicted numerous times before. So I decided to create a different contraption. I liked the idea of doing a steampunk Ripley from Aliens. In the end the client decided against it because there was nothing on the text that called such an image, and they didn't want to promise something that wasn't there.

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Battle

The idea was to have the figure in the heat of the battle. I played around with two moments, the figure in his last moments, bloodied, and beaten, readying up one last spell. The second moment has the figure in an earlier time being a badass.

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High Elven

The client wanted a sort of proto-treant thing being created by a female elvish caster. With the top idea I wanted to play with scale, and show a giant tree like being in the background. I wanted the creature to link the caster's pose to link the two together. The bottom image went for a more evocative feel, as this creature is being raised up by the caster.

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3d Reference

I used 3d to help me build the environment quick, and for material references. Often times I find that seeing how reflections deform over a surface in 3d is very different than how I would have approached it. That's why I find 3d invaluable in helping me create a more convincing image.

Honors & Publications

Chesley Award

Nominated, 2016

For Kobold Press' Southlands, "Demon Priestess"

Infected by Art

Vol 4, 2016

"Autumn Wind"

Imagine FX

June 2014

Io9

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