Steve Prescott and I joined forces once again for a playmat illustration. We are both signing Magic cards at the upcoming Magic Grand Prix in Stockholm in 2 weeks time, so we thought it would be fun if we could also paint the official playmat together. Since we are on different side of the Atlantic Ocean we decided that it would be easiest if we split the tasks and painted it digitally. I did some rough concepts as compositional ideas to Steve, and he took it to real drawing. I have always loved Steves drawings and have really looked forward to actually painting one of his illustrations.
When I started painting I soon slipped into a more painterly style as apart from just colouring a pencil drawing. As soon as the face became every fully painted I started spreading that “Finish” all around the rest of the image
The file went back and forth between me and Steve a couple of times and he did some rough paintovers that I would implement. the glowing runes are his Idea. He tells me it means something in Viking Runic letters and is amazed that I do not Speak it fluently and am able to read them as if it was Danish.
Rough Colors. I tried Blue/purple skin tones but wanted the image to be warmer for more apealing colors.
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.