because it makes no sense to paint everything from scratch, and you also notice that he is using textures and photos in other images too, it speeds up the workflow and the clients don't care how you made it, the result is what counts, just like some use 3D rendered image and paint over it
So upon snagging the second copy of this poster from where I work yesterday I decided to do a cosplay of it and googled my way to you. And have now discovered you did almost every single one of my favorite MTG card arts ever! I am envious of your talent. She looks like a real person.
Bad. Ass. I can't even. Love the metallic effect you've created. It looks really legit. Add to that all the subtle lighting and reflections... it's like you rendered this in a 3D program. So impressive!
Thanks a lot my brotha, that means a lot coming from you! I really do appreciate it. Maybe we can catch up at a con one day... after the dark magic that my children employ to keep me bound to the soil of our house wears off of course.
I'm looking forward to getting the chance to chat with you in person one of these days. I'm going to Spectrum Live, SDCC, Gen Con, and probably Spiel so far this year. Along with some Magic GPs. You going to any of those?