Wednesday, May 22, 2013

One of a Sphinx, That I Love

-By Jesper Ejsing

This here is my new favorite picture, Jelenn Sphinx. It is an illustration for Magic the gathering painted by Wes Burt.

I admire the rough and dry-like brushstrokes in the sky and the simplicity of rendering. This painting has all that I find important in an illustration: Clear silhouette reading, dark against light, strong contrasty colors. No grey-ish towards black areas.

All this is things I know and try to apply in all my paintings, but Wesley seems to do it with less than a third of the strokes that I use.

What more is; he captured a sensibility and serenty in the gesture and pose that suits the figure very well. The pose seems alive and elegant yet not static. Notice how the silhoette is a dark triangle, like a pyramid on top of an almost blue surface.

I just printed this image out and put it on my wall to remind me of what I am going for. "Stay on track, Jesper. Wes said so!"


  1. Completely agree! What a beautiful and powerful painting. If it were by me, I may have added a few of the birds in front and to the left of the wing, to emphasize the massive scale and scope even further.

    What is interesting is that if you were to rotate it so that the horizon is straight, it almost feels like its toppling over to the left, but the composition makes it well-balanced.

    May I ask what you mean with the 'greyish towards black' comment? Somehow feels like there is something important in that. Thanks!

  2. Yeah this really stood out to me when I saw the illustrations for the new magic set. Teysa by Karla Ortiz is another really good one:

  3. Hello Jesper,

    Is there a way to get in touch with you?
    I tried contacting you through linkedin (I assume you're not using it at all) and apparently your website is broken (can't browse sections).
    I'm sorry to have to come to this, but there's no other way. :)

    1. Hey.
      My email is
      Or write to me on Facebook please.
      My new website is up and running I just need to add the old address name.

    2. I've sent you an email.


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