June 29, 2009

A Fallen Demon?

Apparently, when you think things just can't get any worse, they can.

Here is another fan piece for Diablo III, a portrait of a Fallen One. These guys were one exalted demons (if there really is such a thing), performing the deeds of their leader, Azmodan. As a result of a botched plan to usurp the power from a higher demon (Diablo -yes, there is a hierarchy of demons), "they were twisted into small, ridiculous imps, in contrast to their previously powerful forms."
“The infuriated Azmodan held them responsible for the Prime Evils' continued reign, and so he left the fallen in their new bodies, where their degradation would serve to amuse him for all eternity.”

Tragic? Maybe. Fun to paint? Absolutely!

I had to paint one of these guys when I saw him. I love the buckteeth and the squished up face, the large gremlin-like ears, and the bone necklace. -and nothing says 'tude' more than the little goatee on his non-existent chin.

June 22, 2009

Uncut Diamonds

This last month, I had the opportunity to do a book cover for a local publishing company:
WiDō Publishing.

Update: 7/15/09 - I just got word that the book has been printed and is scheduled for a release date of July 30th. It's pretty crazy to see it on Amazon.

June 17, 2009

Zombies: Is there a passive solution?

It's funny how classic bad guys (ie. zombies, skeletons, mummies, etc . . .) continue to crop up in popular entertainment.

They seem to be the staple monsters to fall back on, no matter how old the story is.
However, there's just no reasoning with them. They don't stop. They don't think. Usually they're just puppets driven by some diabolical mastermind. So they always get it in the end -usually violently. Poor guys. . .

Here's another fan piece I did in anticipation of Blizzard's Diablo III game. Wizards are one of the new character classes with which to put evil back in it's place.

There are also a few development 'teaser' images posted over in diii.net's forum.

June 8, 2009

" . . .pheh, . . . Did you just say . . . Magic Missile?"

-At least this is how I imagine Gandalf would react to someone using the term.

I had this image in my mind for the last week and finally had to just sit down and paint him.

Fantasy never really captured my imagine when I was younger. It seemed too silly. Thankfully, The Lord of the Rings movies came along and presented fantasy in a way I found irresistible.