I did some concept art for an article in this months issue of 3d Artist magazine. Its about takng a concept to 3d, I did the concept art and Gavin Goulden is taking on the 3d. You can find more info on the issue here.
TankMaxGirl Final

Roughs

Sketches

Magazine Preview

3d Artist Issue 25, Imagine Shop

And here is a couple cards that were just released with the Mirrodin Besieged set.

16 comments:

Izzy Medrano says:
at: February 4, 2011 at 10:54 AM said...

Yoink! Awesome paints, brother!

Toby Lewin says:
at: February 4, 2011 at 1:33 PM said...

awesome as usual :D

miNze says:
at: February 4, 2011 at 4:19 PM said...

Hey Kekai,

I wonder if you sometimes get bored of doing the same design elements in lots of your paintings? I mean those gold and shiny tribal like armor parts. Or is it just the thing you love and can't get enough of it?

=) cheers,
minze

Kekai says:
at: February 4, 2011 at 4:40 PM said...

miNze - Not really, I really do love it but I do try to do stuff different when I can. Sometimes I fall back on it, like when doing a live demo where I don't really have time to think. Other times, like this Paladin I was following the design doc. Thanks for the question, hope it helps.

Izzy & Toby- Thanks guys!

Andrew Kim says:
at: February 4, 2011 at 5:15 PM said...

Sweet stuff, Kekai!

Rich C says:
at: February 5, 2011 at 9:42 AM said...

Very cool design work :D

Charlène Le Scanff says:
at: February 5, 2011 at 12:53 PM said...

Just wonderful. Keep it up!

Paul Lemarquis says:
at: February 9, 2011 at 3:32 AM said...

Superb!

jgsketch22 says:
at: February 10, 2011 at 2:48 PM said...

Nice work! Do you always start on the computer or do you do some preliminary sketches before you start a project.

Eric Braddock says:
at: February 16, 2011 at 8:41 PM said...

sick work, man. Thanks for sharing the process with us.

when doing magic cards, what kind of description are you given to work with and how much freedom do you usually get with the finals? Was wondering and figured this is a good a place as any to ask! haha

Kekai says:
at: February 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM said...

Eric - Usually they are fairly short and concise. Spells will have more of a explanation to help show some sort effect. Creatures and characters will have concepts to follow. There's is a fair amount of freedom in the final. MTG is more concerned with having badass art then being on point with design. You just have to make sure the art that you produce is readable on the card itself.

Jparked says:
at: February 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM said...

Geez. your work is always stunning. really dig your epic paintings. You take "epicness" to another level.


jp

shivaree says:
at: February 20, 2011 at 4:38 AM said...

Hey man, love your tank girl design. It's got a modern and edgy look, diggin the british flag too ; )

Luca says:
at: February 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM said...

You're always kicking ass Kekai, aren't you?! ;)

Ishida says:
at: March 1, 2011 at 11:27 AM said...

SWETTTTTTT ! Love your Art kekai !
You are my exemplar !!! You use that tablet ??? If you can say it me ??

Ryan says:
at: March 12, 2011 at 11:14 AM said...

kekai, your skill in ms paint in unparalleled.

really though, this is rad, it makes me weep with envy!