Wednesday, 19 July 2017

King's Quest V Alters

Good morning!

These are the most recent alters that I've finished:

The artwork is from King's Quest V.

The acrylic paints used were: titanium white, burnt umber, phthalo blue (green shade), quinacridone magenta and some carbon black.

The photo had to be a bit corrected on the computer as the colour was a wee bit off, and the values were a bit off too.

This took about 15ish hours or so to finish.

I used a really cool gold paint for the text boxes, but it's very tricky to handle and I ended up messing it up so it's bumpier that I would have normally liked.

I'm quite happy with how this turned out!! 😃

Have a great morning!


Monday, 17 July 2017

Zombie Token Alters (and Nail Art!)

Good evening, dear readers!

I don't think I have any progress shots of these, but here are zombie token alters I did a couple years ago.  I would like to make more of them as they were really fun to paint!

I used references from The Walking Dead for them.  There are so many great references in that show!

Actually while I'm at it, I'll post a photo of my Walking Dead nail art too (from my other blog):

Have a great night!


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Savra, Queen of the Golgari Alter


This post is about the most recent Savra I was commissioned to paint.

The client gave me ideas of what he wanted for the card.  I made mock ups in Paint to make sure I had the right idea and so the client could check to see if the card would be going in the right direction.

I took photos of plants found online and cropped and pasted them onto the card layout.  There was a specific idea for the text box, so I removed it, placed the reference image in the box, then typed over it to get a general idea of how it would look.

(The plant and mold images aren't my own).

Throughout the card painting progress I would send the client updates and discuss how things were going (if things were looking okay, if something needed to be changed, if something wasn't working out, if I needed to add anything).

Often cards can turn out different than how the mockup is planned as there are so many variables.

 Comparing progress:

Here's a comparison of the finished work and the mock up:

And the finished card:
The plants were quite fun to paint (aside from the hibiscus which kept being finicky.)  This was the first time I attempted a moldy/mildewy text box, and I really like how it turned out!

Have a great day!


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Another Mayael Alter

Good afternoon!

Here is another post for one of the first Mayael's I finished.  This one was a commission, and the first one I did in this style.  My sister suggested using the mica with this and it was an incredible idea!! I then used mica in another alter, and I plan on using it again (it's seriously great and the effect it gives is beautiful!)

The client asked for this particular style of art.

While I can't remember the exact paints I used for this one, titanium white, carbon black, phthalo blue and magenta were probably all present, along with some green (not sure which one I used for this).

We kept the original art but went for a more zoomed-in look.

Here are some photos during it's creation:

I was very happy with how this one turned out, and it led to my making the one in the previous post.  It was also a lot of fun to work on.

One of the main problems I have when working on cards is dealing with dust.  It gets in the paint and the varnish, and makes it look more bumpy.  Unfortunately there isn't much I can do about it, but it still can be frustrating.  I usually dust my working area but it gets dusty soon after. Ah well! 

Have a great afternoon!


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Mayael the Anima Alter

Good afternoon!

I've tried to find a nice layout for this blog so I changed it to this one to make it easier to manage.  Unfortunately there are still a couple issues (like my YouTube thumbnails in another post being way too big) but other than that it seems to work well!

Here is one of the Mayael's I've worked on in the past:

I used some iridescent mica (which shifted from pink and purple to blue) on the white outlines:

There's more texture in this piece especially with the added mica layers.  I really liked how this one turned out!

Here are some photos of it while it was still a work in progress:

For the pose I used my webcam to take a photo of myself holding a crumpled up ball of tissue, and then I altered the photo in Paint to add Mayael's features and to figure out the placement of details.

I believe the colours used in this were titanium white, carbon black, a hint of magenta and pthalo blue (I use Windsor Blue a lot in paintings).  Most of my paint products are either Golden acrylics, Winsor and Newton's Galeria line, and some Liquitex.

For cleanup I like to put a layer of my topcoat on and go over it with a toothpick once it is pretty dry but not completely set.  I find that it works much better for me than just trying to scratch off the paint by itself.  However it does mean that there will be topcoat on the card, and not everyone likes putting topcoat on their cards.  So find what works best for you! 😄

Sometimes things don't clean up as well as I would like.  I let clients know beforehand that I will have a glossy topcoat on my card so they don't get surprised.

Have a great afternoon!


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Some MTG Alters

Good morning!

I had a bunch of alter photos on my other blog (Art Evolve) but since I also have reviewed cosmetics and write other things on there I'm posting them on here as well so that the content of this blog is more streamlined than the other one.

These are alters I've done over the past couple years (I'll have more posts up later, I don't want to make this one big post):


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Kruphix Alter Finished

Good evening, dear readers! I have a photo up of the Kruphix extension alter I was working on in those YouTube videos (I put a few more videos up too):

Have a wonderful night! -Ash

King's Quest V Alters

Good morning! These are the most recent alters that I've finished: The artwork is from King's Quest V. The acrylic paints us...