Monday, December 8, 2008

Sketch Redux (December)

Here is one from the archives. This was my first assignment for Magic: the gathering.
this was my description:

ART DESCRIPTION: Color: Black Location: Ice Age Setting Action: Invent a horror creature that appears from the edge of oblivion. What it looks like is up to you. It should be at least 10 feet long/tall. Focus: the horror Mood: Oblivion is worse than death.
and this is the incredibly amateur sketch of an incredibly lame idea. I credit it to the stress of my first high-profile gig, but in truth I just had no idea what I was doing (as opposed to now when I a have very little idea of what I am doing)

I no longer have the email, but the art directors response was basically What the hell?! I hired you because you create creepy shit, and you give me a badly drawn "Starship Troopers" reject!!!
I am paraphrasing here.

So back to the drawing board I went, and came up with this.

He was much happier, so we got down to brass tacks.
Nice, but give him a body, right now it is too abstract.
Was the gist of his comments

So I gave him this

Good, but get rid of the cave man, this reads too much like an action, and not enough like a character.
He says, so I give him this

and the final...

So that was my first adventure into MTG


Anonymous said...

You *DO* create creepy shit...
Glad to see the frequent posts!

Daniel said...

ive always loved this one, but damn, no idea that it was your first gig... I am going to come back and buy this painting...

arnie said...

question: if you get hired to do this, thne are all the redraws in the contracted amount? or is it extra?

E.M. Gist said...

Tamara- no I don't ;)

Daniel- thanks man, new years eve at Ryans, you should come by

arnie- companies are all different, but in my experience sketch plus 2 revisions is standard contractual. I have never charged more for additional sketches, but then I have never had any unreasonable requests that I felt justified it.

Jason said...

It is nice to see that even our invincible instructor was nervous once. :-)