I stopped painting traditionally for a long time, mostly because the pay check called for it more than anything else. I always loved the act of painting. I tried doing other things, but it never really left my mind.
In the meantime, I started working for MTG and that involved having to do card alters at events and such. It inspired me to break my paints back out.
Lotleth Troll artist proof acrylic
Blood Crypt artist proof acrylic
Moving from small, to big, and then back to small. lt felt good to move paint again.
Imoved to small canvases and then popped out one big one that had been swimming around in my subconscious for a while.
I was working in acrylics and struggling to keep the paint wet and consistent. I got fed up and went out for a big paint sale and got some oils (thanks to Aaron Miller for his http://oilcolorpalettes.blogspot.com/ for helping me choose the paints).
I took it slow and didn’t commit myself too much to what I was doing, but I had been thinking about it for a while.
It always interests me what gets into the annual Spectrum and what doesn't. Every year, I send in multiple pieces for consideration into the revered publication. This year I sent in 15, I think, and luckily two of those pieces made it in.
True, I've been fortunate enough to have a piece or two of my work accepted yearly for the the last 6 years or so, with a gap year that my work wasn't chosen.
It's always hard NOT to be chosen. No bones about it. Alternately yeah, it feels really great to have my work accepted, when it is. I feel like it's a pretty sweet vindication of how hard I've worked at my craft.
Still, year after year, I can never predict if I'll get in or if I won't, and if so, which of the 15 or so pieces I sent made it.
Here's my work that was included in Spectrum 19.
The first one is art for Magic the Gathering Planechase