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Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 - Lava Mage by Cryptcrawler Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 - Lava Mage by Cryptcrawler
You can buy a print of this Obsidian Lava Mage here: [link]

One of three player personas I had the pleasure of illustrating for Magic the Gathering's Duels of the Planeswalkers game.
Had a large format to work with and not a lot of time, so I did a lot of composite paint-over shenanigans for the backgrounds on these, but it was fun as hell.

You can unlock this fatty in game by "doing 10 damage that's not combat damage to a player in a turn."

Thanks for coming by the gallery!


Art Director: Jeremy Jarvis
Copyright Wizards of the Coast LLC
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Balzwijn Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
syper coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

LibeSan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wich program have you used? It's amazing.
NicoKobalt Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
howlett66 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wouldn't like to come across this dude...

Great work on that BG too and I like the uniformity of the rocks.
JoeOiii Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
This is the one I picked for my avatar! Great color and design.
Ophiuchoos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MysticalSkeleton Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
This is the persona I use
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
DausenMoore-Art Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   Digital Artist
lycaonbm Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LaurieGoodridge Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your technique seems to have evolved lately Brad.
Are you still wiggling pixels, or has your technique moved on from there? It's quite extraordinary how much volume and texture is present in your work, really tactile. Very cool.
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Hey man!

Yeah, I've changed many, many things in regards to how I work these days.
I do still wiggle pixels, just not in the same way and not as much.
I also rely much less on the dodge tool and have moved on to straight up color at a much higher opacity than before.
Also I've started working with more photo-textures, which I'm kicking myself for not doing before.
I've learned so much; my values are much more accurate, my brush work has improved, I work much larger..lots of stuff.

I'll be announcing prints for sale in less than 2 weeks and you have a freebie coming your way, don't think I've forgotten your prize

Glad you like the new stuff man, thanks for coming by
kilon-alios Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
any chance we will see a tutorial with your new techniques ? 

I am actually a customer, have bought your tutorial with the orc lady , sorry the name escapes me right now. And I was amazed by how much you could do with the smudge tool. I am a huge fan of you work. 
Shariko Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Man I love your work
MrKikelin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One word: AWESOME!!!
inecendium Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist
DUDE you must do a tutorial, a video or drawing anything you are just so awesome!
igarcia Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This creature looks like its showing the way.
NamieDanielle Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Oh sheet... o-o
ShaunONeil Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
nlombardo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
beautiful design!
Revolucci Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow.. looks really cool
Michael7S Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Interface Designer
:omfg: WOW! :)
Quazzie Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Holy scheiße ! Another killer update ! :drool: :eager::hooray:

I've been coming here every day for the last week or so (after being away for months at a time) hoping to see a Rigney update. My timing has been greatly rewarded. Really dig it when you post several pieces at a time.

As I've said before, you da man, Brad.... you da damn man.

If I might ask, what exactly is "composite paint-over"? I know what composite means and I think I know what paint-over means, but I just wanna be sure. Is it sorta like a matte painting?

Thanks in advance :):horns:
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Hey quaz!
Thanks for the kinds words, dude and thanks for coming by.
Yep, a composite paint over is pretty much that; you take sections of different photos, orchestrate them and then paint over them to essentially stitch them together.
It's harder than just simply painting them from scratch in my opinion.
But I want my work to look more realistic and cinematic and the only way to get there is to incorporate photo textures.
I wish I had done it sooner I've learned so much and it's not easy.

Be safe and thanks again for stopping by
Quazzie Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
A-ha ! Then my truck wrap is a composite paint-over. Good to know after 5 years of having it hehe

Yes it CAN be quite difficult to pull off convincingly. But I think you've got it down pat already.

RuddsArt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for telling us how you made this!

During one of your Crimson Daggers interviews you mentioned that you refused to work using photos, as you felt that would be "cheating". Does this mean you are coming around to the idea of using photos and that you aim to get better incorporating them in future artwork?

The standard of artwork you can create without photos is amazing! Imagine how good your pieces will look once you get better incorporating photos into them! :)

Thanks for sharing!
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I've pretty much done a 180 on that.

Basically I came to a point to where I asked myself what I really wanted to achieve with my art.
Did I want to beat my chest, stroke my e-peen and boast about how I can do it without photos while not meeting my goals, or did I want to get more of the effect I wanted; which was more cinema, more realism and thus create a higher quality product for my clients and myself.

So I "broke down" and opted for the latter and started working with photo textures.
I really wish I had done it sooner.
I assumed it would be easy and that I wouldn't learn much and that I was taking the easy way out.
I couldn't have been farther from the truth.
I've learned a staggering amount and its really hard to work with photos successfully.

So no, I don't consider it cheating at all now, in fact it was easier to just wing it before.
Now I'm forced to up my game so the parts of the illustration that aren't photo textures ( which is 95%) have to line up more with photographic elements.

It's also damn fun, which it should always be.

Best wishes,
sthefo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wooooow! Brush, texture or...???
GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Really great stuff.
MathieuBeaulieu Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow!!! Is that 3D??
Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Awesome stuff!
JoshCalloway Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for posting this at high rez Brad. It really is helpful for inspecting and picking apart your decision making and style approach.
JBurkeDesign Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Its a good day when I check my DevArt account and half the messages are a massive update from one of my favorite digital artists. I really enjoy how you handle the lava/rock effects. I've seen you do it in a few other pieces too and this one does not disappoint. Thanks for sharing, man!
mooncalfe Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional
so incredible.
JohnOsborne Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
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