Oath of the Gatewatch is the name of an upcoming release of Magic: the Gathering. As part of the release there are some rather rare cards that will be included called Zendikar Expeditions. I had the chance to do three of the twenty that will be released with Oath of the Gatewatch.
Mana Confluence oil on panel – 16×20
Digital sketch. Because I was doing an oil painting, I took my sketch a little further.
Here is the sketch submitted for this card as well:
Once the sketch was approved, I decided to build a bit of it out in Blender:
And for good measure, here is a gif of the painting steps:
I have always loved the dried out corpses in movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark that suggest a long story aside from the current one being told. As I painted these three here, it was fun to imagine what brought them here and what they might have been seeking. Were they killed, or did they die, content with having found the treasure they sought?
This card was challenging to do as an exercise in patience. Lots of little geometric details to add.
Thanks for taking a look, and when the third card is released, I will post it in my next post. It was an oil painting and I shot a time-lapse of the piece from start to finish.
Howard began his career working in the video game industry. After 13 years working as a texture artist, concept artist and then art director, he left to pursue illustration. He has worked for clients such as Blizzard, Upper Deck, Wizards of the Coast, Electronic Arts, NCSoft, The Greenwich Workshop and Paizo Publishing.
He was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center 2011 - 2012 Salon in the figurative category, won an honorable mention in the Oil Painters of America 2011 Online Showcase and a Merit Award in the Springville 2011 Spring Salon. His work can also be found in various years of the Spectrum annual and was nominated for a Chesley Award in 2011.
He is very passionate about learning, studying the great artists and techniques of the past, particularly Caravaggio, Bloch, Bouguereau and Waterhouse.
When not painting or drawing Howard loves spending time with his wife and three kids, cooking, and trying to bake the perfect loaf of bread.