-By Jesper Ejsing
This here is my new favorite picture, Jelenn Sphinx. It is an illustration for Magic the gathering painted by Wes Burt.
I admire the rough and dry-like brushstrokes in the sky and the simplicity of rendering. This painting has all that I find important in an illustration: Clear silhouette reading, dark against light, strong contrasty colors. No grey-ish towards black areas.
All this is things I know and try to apply in all my paintings, but Wesley seems to do it with less than a third of the strokes that I use.
What more is; he captured a sensibility and serenty in the gesture and pose that suits the figure very well. The pose seems alive and elegant yet not static. Notice how the silhoette is a dark triangle, like a pyramid on top of an almost blue surface.
I just printed this image out and put it on my wall to remind me of what I am going for. “Stay on track, Jesper. Wes said so!”
Jesper Ejsing was born in Denmark in1973. He first discovered fantasy through the works of Tolkien and got introduced to D&D on Christmas Day, 1986. Skipping through the pages of the rulebooks, he set a goal for the rest of his life: He would become a fantasy artist. He would make a living illustrating things that live only in imagination... one way or the other.
He studied Danish literature and Art History before quitting University for a freelance artist life. The early years as a fulltime illustrator meant drawing anything for money. Soon he weeded out the assignments that weren't historical, and after a while all he did was fantasy art.
When he finally got his first assignment for Dungeons and Dragons it was 20 years since that Christmas when the goal was set. He struck out on a journey, stubbornly, and at times ignorant to the realities of life, and 2 decades of traveling has finally brought him home.
Jesper Ejsing still lives in Copenhagen Denmark, with his 2 sons and wife, Lea. Along with paintings, he has written numerous books. "Jarvis – the Sorcerer's Apprentice" is the only one translated into English.
Completely agree! What a beautiful and powerful painting. If it were by me, I may have added a few of the birds in front and to the left of the wing, to emphasize the massive scale and scope even further.
What is interesting is that if you were to rotate it so that the horizon is straight, it almost feels like its toppling over to the left, but the composition makes it well-balanced.
May I ask what you mean with the 'greyish towards black' comment? Somehow feels like there is something important in that. Thanks!
Yeah this really stood out to me when I saw the illustrations for the new magic set. Teysa by Karla Ortiz is another really good one:
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