Exceeding Expectations

Aaron Wolf - I like the palette you’ve chosen on this one a lot Aaron. I’m feeling a little like the texture on the limbs is getting in the way of clarity in the image though. I think it would help to add some of reflections of the green light on the top edges of the limbs to help unify them; Adam Schumpert - You’re one of the very few who chose to use point of view to add drama to a piece. It all reads really well. I might add a touch more atmospheric perspective on the abdomen and on the four grounded legs to help push them back. You’ve achieved a wonderful sense of space in this; Aldo Ojeda - Solid treatment on this, Aldo! The end result feels really cohesive. The drawing could use reference, but works well within the context you’ve set up. The tail makes me wonder if Lovecraft has even managed to infiltrate Avatar! Bernadette Faith Carstensen - I love this one. The pencil work is strong, the finish is wonderful, and the application of real-world adaptations is an unexpected treat.

Andreas Rabenstein - Neat design. I’d have considered bringing that background green down a few notched and blending it to make the background smoky or atmospheric. This would have silhouetted the animal and helped define its shape. As it stands the green is really the most saturated color and the largest area of high contrast in the image, so it draws the eye away from the monster; Andrew Barr - Andrew this is freaking fantastic! The whimsical approach with the book, pipe, cap, etc. is just hysterical; Andrew Garrison - Neat Design, Andrew. I’d like to see a little more attention paid to making the lighter structures feel more like organic anatomical elements; Anna O’Neil - I like the overall feel and emotion in your creature, Anna. I’d like to see more attention paid to structure and variety of values; Amanda Zimmerman - I like your design. Like Pat’s, very alien feeling. I think you should try dropping this fellow on a dark background and adding some darker darks in the critter.. The problem with working over white is you can only make your critter pop so far.


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December - Week In Review

This week in the magazine we saw a change in the publishing model. We shifted from a 3 day a week release schedule to a 5 day a week release schedule. Check it out: Class Acts: Rogue. Artist: Sarah Stone. I've already mentioned Sarah, but I have to share a story. I'm a simple kind of a guy, and simple things make me smile. In this case, it was praise for this image from the Editor-in-chief, Chris Youngs. His prime direction for this piece was "I want to see a character that makes me say 'I want to be that character'". Apparently Sarah caught that vibe well enough that he said "damn, I want to play that character!" Nice... Chaos Scar: The Brothers Gray. Artist: Patrick McEvoy. Cartographer: Sean Macdonald. Patrick is another recent addition to the stable. He clinched his place on my go-to list when he delivered on a killer tiefling piece a few months ago. Now I look forward to finding something new and interesting to push his ability to find a dynamic point-of-view. This was tough, with foreground and background elements of interest. 

His decision to use the time of day to create the dramatic lighting worked out very well. Sean was a name that was handed to me when I took over magazines. I have enjoyed working with him since starting in this position. The hardest task I have is keeping him busy - he's so darn fast! Expeditionary Dispatches. Artist: Wayne England. I've worked with Wayne for a while. I always loved the items and environments he created for D&D. One day he asked me to let him do some figurative work for me, and I haven't regretted the decision once. When he talked to me last month and asked to start doing some magazine work - I hesitated. Obviously, not because of his skill or quality, but rather becuase of the crushing schedule we often have for magazines. Since Wayne works traditionally, it adds some stress and strain to the process. Wayne assured me he could get the paintings done, and shipped across the globe within my time frame. He's never steered me wrong before, and he didn't this time either. Till next week...

Friday - Week In Review

So happy it's Friday! I've got so much fun stuff to look at from this past week. That ups the ante for getting the articles released, and ups the number of articles that require art. Luckily, I've got access to a talented pool of artists. Check out what went live this week: Warlord Essentials. Artist: David Rapoza. I love working with David. He hits the concept well, he gets the IP and where I'm trying to go with the characters. We has a great knack of giving the pieces life and energy. I hate Jeremy Jarvis for snatching him up so quickly for Magic. David... come away from the light! Hint: If you want to get noticed by Jeremy... do stellar work for D&D, let us fall in love with you, and he will come knocking on your door. It happens all too often. Roles: Defenders. Artist: Alex Aparin. Alex is a new find for me. I just started working with him this month. I found his submission in ArtDrop, and was happily floored when I received his first illustration for D&D.

I waited all of about 5 minutes before I showed him off to the rest of the D&D AD's... and hoped that Jeremy wouldn't notice him right away. Class Acts: Wizard. Artist: Sarah Stone. I started working with Sarah last month, and haven't regretted it for a moment. She brings a very fresh look and feel to D&D. All of the other D&D art directors were amazed that I took a chance on her. Not because she didn't have skill and talent, but rather because her portfolio had such an anime look to it. I was confident she could hit what I was looking for when I saw what she was doing for Sarah Robinson over a Paizo Publishing. Hit it she has. Power Play: Martial Power. Artist: Tyler Jacobson. I was introduced to Tyler through Irene Gallo at Tor Books, and I have enjoyed our burgeoning relationship since that day. He has several images in this months issue... I love Deva piece he did for Power Play: Divine, but you'll have to wait to see that one.