Very nice! you are very good. I've been trying to work up to a professional sculpting level the past 4 months and one of my biggest problems is that I do my own designs. The reason that's a problem is becuase i suck at design. Every time I do a figure it gets better and better, but my focus isn't design or drawing so i think it keeps the quality of my sculpting down.
The picture on the card doesn't do your art justice! Did you draw the Strahd Zombie design by any chance? I have the Duergar Slaver as well as the Mithral Guard but I wish I had the Bruenor mini. Great work and keep up the good work!
Yeah, I did the Strahd Zombie, too, I believe. There was some zombie, and that name sounds familiar. It's female, and has guts hanging out. Don't anyone blame me; they asked for it that way, specifically.
I also did the art for some others (including some that they had me base upon some existing art). I can't remember the names of them all right now . A lizardy guy with a club-like weapon, a hoof-footed female with horns and daggers, a Blood Golem, something called a devorer, I believe, which was previously depicted by Brom, a troll with a big sword....
I don't know... I gotta say, aside from the paint job they gave it, I actually prefer this mini to the way Bruenor Battlehammer was sculpted; the arms on the Bruenor sculpture are too long compared the rest of his body, if you ask me, and there was no effort made to do the detail on the borders of the shield, or on the axe (unless they just sent me one that didn't come out of the mold properly)
I don't know if there was some request from Wizards in this regard, but the emblem on Bruenor's shield became something totally different that what I designed there; it turned into what looks like a funky beer stein complete with foam on top, rather than the hammer/sunburst icon I have on it.
You are right. The worst part is definetely the paintjob!!! I liked Bruenor better, but now, that you mention it... the shield is a mess compared to your painting! Nevertheless... I own them both and I just LOVE your artwork! The sculpts of the new D&D series are not so good compared to the 3.5 versions. A pity... SOME are really good, others... look at the troglodyte...
As I mentioned in a recent comment on Bruenor, I wasn't familiar with the character when I did that piece. For one thing, apparently his symbol *is* a "foaming mug", but this was not mentioned in the description when I was given the assignment. I guess it's good that they corrected that potential continuity error in the sculpt, but I wish the sculptor had otherwise followed my design of the shield a little better.
Thanks. However, aside from possibly a Magic: The Gathering card now and then if I can squeeze it into my weekends or something, I doubt I will be doing anything else for WotC in the near future; D&D sadly just doesn't pay very well, and I have been doing higher-paying work lately.
*sighs* It is a pity that such big companies with sooo many customers don't pay well for good art... I get the impression that this is the case very often. Still I hope to see more of your work at least here, on DA! Can it be I saw some of it in products of Paizo Publishing (Pathfinder)?
WotC's Magic pays a lot better than WotC's D&D because Magic is much more profitable than D&D. The fact is, old-school RPGs (non-computer based) are really a small niche market in the great scheme of things these days. Most card games are in the same boat... and some are in more of a leaking dinghy, but Magic is still pretty huge.
Lately, I have mostly been working for Electronic Arts, on their pogo.com site. I also have been doing some work recently for another company that does web-based, mostly "casual" games that run on sites like MySpace and Facebook, called Zynga. They have actually offered me an on-staff position, in fact. I will try to get around to posting some of that work soon.