-By Jesper Ejsing
This illustration for Magic the Gathering, is a kind of a twin to the Baloth monster I showed some weeks back. The description was a charging beast with hooves and giant horns.
I did 2 sketches. One, which you could argue is totally wrong, since it is resting and looking mean and badass, but not charging at all. And one with the full-on charging pose.
Jeremy, my art director picked the charging one ( not surprisingly since it was the right answer to the assignment) sometimes I wonder why I think my off-suggestions are going to work. I KNOW they are wrong but I fall in love with the sketches and toy with the idea that they could be wonderfull pictures.
Well; for the face of the one that was approved I was inspired by a bat face and the jaw/face structure of a moray eel.
I transfered it to board and inked it and added greytones in black acrylic.
When the image was done I thought it looked too cute. the black snout made me think of Disney's Stitch figure. So I changed it digitally before sending it off. I am very glad I did. I constantly try to drag myself out of Cute-town. This time I kind of got a few steps before they dragged me back...
If anyone have questions to technical stuff I would love to go into details; just ask?