Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Forbidden Orchard

-By Jesper Ejsing

Acrylics 16 x 12 inches on watercolor board

This is my landscape illustration for Magic´s Oath of the gatewatch Expeditions Lands.
The task giving by Sam Burley, my art director was pretty simple, but as always, I can easily make things more complicated. I was supposed to do a forest scene involving the tall structures of Zendikar called Hedrons. Also the mood should be gloomish. I tried different approaches but they all seemed to be too focused around the structure rather than the forest.

In the end I zoomed out at created a hanging forest-like scene, with hovering Hedrons. I came up with the idea that the forest, over the years had shaped itself around the hovering stone structures, as if the aura from the stones prevented growing too near them. Suddenly I knew where the illustration was going and I right away decided to let the glow from inside of the stones cast a light onto the nearby trunks, enhancing the small and little story.

I know perfectly well, that these thoughts not necessarily is something anyone would notice, if I hadn't told it, but it really doesn't, matter much. that I have them makes it interesting for me to paint something, and it creates a string for me to follow in the illustration.


  1. Hi Jesper! I always enjoy seeing your work here on Muddy Colors and am amazed at what you can do with the acrylic medium. It would be great to see future post about how you work with acrylic and how you organize your palette. If that falls in the category of "trade secret", I understand.

  2. awesome yet again.i liked the first thumb you did, but really like the almost evil/corrupt feel of the branches in the final, the only part thats breaks a bit of the realism for me , is the strong flat blue of the background. other than that them spore looking plants are a great touch

  3. I appreciate your explanations because then I learn from your expertise.


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