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16 Nov 2014

Pictures Have Stories: Hymn to Tourach

HYMN TO TOURACH was not a title that made an impression on me initially. At the close of a long convention — Origins, I believe — I was saying goodbye to Sandra Everingham who was then Magic’s art director with Wizards of the Coast. Around us, booths were being torn down, curtains between stalls shoved aside as people loaded boxes to ship home, forklifts and pallet loaders rumbling by.

“I’d like to have you do this card,” she said.

The name went in one ear and out the other, half-heard in the din. “What is that supposed to be?” I asked.

“Three or four people working together to cast a spell.”

“All right,” said I. “I can do that.”

I had no inkling the picture would be the most iconic Magic card I would ever paint.

Hymn to Tourach -- Magic card art by Liz Danforth

 

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19 May 2014

Auction is over!

Color me happy!MY THANKS GO out to everyone who talked to me about the paintings. There was a wee bit of last-minute interest, but the auction is now closed. And no bunnies died, David! 

I recognize that original art is a luxury item. For most people these days, “luxuries” extend little further than eating out at a restaurant, or simply paying bills on time. Decades ago, someone told me “Art is priceless. Any specific piece of artwork is worth exactly what someone will pay for it.” I sincerely appreciate these good men who elected to spend some disposable income on my art.

In my own case, paying bills and not having the dogs look woefully at me over their empty dinner bowls makes me much happier. If I still had a cat, I would always be accused of malice should a dinner bowl turn up momentarily empty. Dogs are more understanding but the bleakness of sad puppy-dog eyes can rip out your heart.

In any case, my deep congratulations to the winners! I am always glad to know my work is going to a good home. I know that is certain with these two pieces. Thank you all!

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15 May 2014

Will the Opportunity Pass You By?

I PLANNED TO close the auction of my two paintings a few days ago, but have been persuaded to keep it live a little longer. There was something about “Buy this painting or we’ll kill a bunny.” I’m not sure that “bunny” was actually the word there — the writing on the note was terrible.

Is he threatening or guarding? Hard to tell with these elves...

I chatted about the two paintings in a pair of posts just previous to this one: the Elven Lords painting and Two Seconds Later, the cover art I did for one of T&T’s previous editions. And then I put them up for sale to the highest bidder.

Both paintings have been bid on. Elven Lords has a bid of $1000 and Two Seconds Later has a bid-to-beat of $511.

Trolls always look annoyed. The arrow in his side probably didn't help his attitude.

I admit that I thought each painting would have been competed for a little harder. I liked the first so much that I hung it in my room for many years, not intending to sell it at all. However, from years of selling art at conventions, I learned to make my minimum price something I would be okay with if no one else bid against them. If no one else bids, the current supporters will get these paintings.

I’m okay with that. Are you?

That’s okay; maybe you are. But I don’t offer my larger paintings for sale often. I rarely attend conventions of late, which is where my art was most readily available. If you’ve ever wanted a Danforth to hang in your house, this really is an opportunity to get something good for a very fair price.

BUYING TIME
And if you’re a supporter of the dT&T Kickstarter, sale of these paintings buys me a little more time to concentrate on that (as opposed to standing on the street corner asking passersby for their spare change to feed the dogs!)

On that topic: we’ve been making good progress on the revisions. I’ve even come up for air long enough to start doodling the early stages of prep to paint the cover. If you’re not an artist yourself, this will probably look like a scribble (at best). Doing even a rough value-sketch like this has proven to be one of the most important things for me in the preparatory stages of a painting. I’ve done several and, so far, this is the one I’m most inclined to pursue further. (The shaded version you saw on the Free RPG Day booklet was Steve Crompton’s idea, because we needed SOMEthing on the booklet. I knew what I had in mind was different all along.)

Consider this a teaser of things yet to come.

Trust me, there's more than meets the eye here.

HOW TO BID HERE
If you want to bid on either one of the finished paintings — Elven Lords or Two Seconds Later —  send me a private email at etdanforth @ gmail.com (no spaces) with your best offer. I am going to end the auction Sunday night, midnight, MST, without further extensions.

In the Comments section to this post, I will let people know if there have been counteroffers.

You can, of course, still decide to pass. No bunnies will die. Really.

 

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28 Apr 2014

Pictures Have Stories: Painting “Two Seconds Later”

MONTHS HAVE PASSED since I wrote last in this blog. Today I’m writing two at once, for reasons that will make sense as you read on. This post is a companion piece to Pictures Have Stories: Elven Lords (and I apologize for any repetitiveness you find between the two).

My silence hasn’t been for lack of a desire to talk with you, but from an iron determination to put all my effort into mission-critical work. Right now, that work is to finish my part of the Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls project. Backers privy to the private Kickstarter updates have read about both our progress and pitfalls.

A wizard, a rogue, and one of my favorite characters all rolled into one. Prints available, inquire for details.

Detail of “Frost and Fire” done for The Gathering book

With T&T as my sole focus, I stopped doing any other freelance work. To keep the wolves from my door, I’ve been selling existing art, original paintings and inkwork alike. This year is the 20th anniversary of Magic the Gathering, bringing many collectors and fans to my door.

Moreover, the incredible The Gathering book (also Kickstarted last year) has been released, showing off one of my newest paintings. (I wrote about how excited I was to be starting to work on it in October 2012.) Other collectors have been picking up art done for Middle Earth, the few pieces I did for AD&D, and even some card paintings for Doomtown and L5R.

These two blog posts will talk about some iconic paintings associated with Tunnels & Trolls that I am offering for sale. People seem to enjoy hearing about how “Pictures Have Stories”  so each post will tell you about one of the paintings.

This post will be about the 7th edition cover of Tunnels & Trolls, a painting I call Two Seconds Later. In the other post, I talk about the tale of Elven Lords. Here’s a look at both. (Once both links are live, you can click this picture to go directly to the other post — and from there, you can click it to come here!) There will be larger versions of both paintings to look at more closely, so follow me over the jump.

Full sized paintings for Elven Lords and the cover painted for Tunnels & Trolls (7th edition)

Elven Lords (left) and Two Seconds Later (right)

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28 Apr 2014

Pictures Have Stories: How I came to paint “Elven Lords”

THIS POST IS a companion to Pictures Have Stories: Two Seconds Later, written and posted on the same day. If you came to this post first, keep reading to see why I’m writing two at once, after months of silence on this site. (And I apologize for any repetitiveness you find between the two!)

I’ve missed talking to you all about my art and life in progress, but have been steadfastly determined to put all my effort into mission-critical work. Right now, that work is to finish my part of the Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls project. Backers privy to the Kickstarter updates have read about both our progress and pitfalls.

A wizard, a rogue, and one of my favorite characters all rolled into one. Prints available, inquire for details.

Detail of “Frost and Fire” done for The Gathering book

With T&T as my sole focus, I stopped doing any other freelance work. To keep the wolves from my door, I’ve been selling existing art, original paintings and inkwork alike. This year is the 20th anniversary of Magic the Gathering, bringing many collectors and fans to my door.

Moreover, the incredible The Gathering book (also Kickstarted last year) has been released, showing off one of my newest paintings. (I wrote about how excited I was to be starting to work on it in October 2012.) Other collectors have been picking up art done for Middle Earth, the few pieces I did for AD&D, and even some card paintings for Doomtown and L5R.

These two blog posts will talk about some iconic paintings associated with Tunnels & Trolls that I am offering for sale. People seem to enjoy hearing about how “Pictures Have Stories” so each post will tell you about one of the paintings.

This post will be about the painting you might know as the cover to the T&T solitaire adventure called Elven Lords. In the other post, I talk about the tale of the 7th edition cover of Tunnels & Trolls, a painting I call Two Seconds Later. Here’s a look at both. (Once both links are live, you can click this picture to go directly to the other post — and from there, you can click it to come here!) There will be larger versions of both paintings to look at more closely, so follow me over the jump.

Full sized paintings for Elven Lords and the cover painted for Tunnels & Trolls (7th edition)

Elven Lords (left) and Two Seconds Later (right)

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19 Dec 2013

In the Spirit of the Season

cardigan welsh corgis, cardigans, dogs, Christmas, winter, holidays, solstice, New Year, cozy, home, wreath, moon, hollyI wish you all the very best now and in the year ahead.

I hope to write a proper post before the year is done (but don’t hold me to it).  Thank you all, for this has been an amazing and memorable year.

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22 Sep 2013

My Quirky Relationship

I’VE BEEN DOING a lot of catch-up after being sick for so long. August was still hit-or-miss in the health department, but now — mid-late September — I’m pretty much back to feeling like myself (FINALLY). I want to say thank you all for the kind wishes, notes, and gifts you have sent while I’ve been down. I am unbelievably fortunate to have such folks as you in my life.

All in all, however, I completely lost a good three months as far as accomplishing all the things I had planned to get done. I’m returning to my work now, and one of the somewhat unexpected results has been a driving desire to DO MORE STUFF. This is more than “omg it’s all behind schedule!” (although it is that, in part) but also my Muse has been riding my back about being A Maker* again.

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3 Aug 2013

See What’s Become of Me

Time Time TimeTIME HAS FLOWN by since I wrote here last. I’ve been recovering from being so ill, and it has continued to be a slow process. I went back to library work, just a smattering of short days only, late in July. I’m still not back to my regular schedule.

Through June and July, I stayed home a lot, sleeping whenever I was tired and doing what I could when my brains came online. I played video games when I was awake but unfocused, World of Warcraft and Skyrim and Guild Wars 2. I grew very sick of being in bed, reading listlessly, restlessly, when I didn’t even feel up to sitting at the computer.

The days passed slowly but the weeks sped by in retrospect. More on that, because this is a post about time.

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8 Jul 2013

Portrait of the Artist as a Sick Woman

SO, HI THERE. It’s been awhile because this is approximately how I’ve been feeling.

Krovikan Plague, from Magic the Gathering (Alliances)

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this sick.

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24 Apr 2013

Seeing Things: Pictures Have Stories

I WROTE SEVERAL false starts for this blog over the last (eek!?) two months, but never had time to finish and post them. The futher behind I fell, the more I wanted to say to catch up. Eventually I figured out that just wasn’t going to be possible, and have elected to move on.

Tucker, who is quite sure he is eminently worthy of being photographed by his personal paparazzi. While this blog includes news, I can only write erratically and thus my news is rarely timely. I try to mention big events like conventions, major projects, interviews, maybe games I’m playing or what the dogs are doing, but I think the best posts I write are reflective, touching on several related topics and how they intersect with my work.

Think of this as an entry in my occasional series of “Pictures Have Stories” essays, because I’m going to tell you … in roundabout due course … about the painting “Catch An Elusive Scent” that I did for ICE’s Middle Earth card game. There are a few stops along the way.

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