Illustration

This blog represents the work and thoughts of Howard Lyon, Artist and Illustrator

Commander 2013 - Angel of Finality

I have to admit, angels are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to paint.  Both with my fantasy work and my fine art.  There will be more in the future.  I had just been to the Arizona Renaissance Festival and they always have a falconer there showing various birds.  They had a great bald eagle there with a beautiful wingspan and I asked the falconer if he could get him to spread his wings for me.  I was lucky enough to get some beautiful reference of the eagle with it's wings in motion to use for this painting.

I kept the color palette of this piece fairly simple, using a basic orange-blue complimentary color scheme.  It creates a little visual buzz, especially with the strong oranges in the hair set against the warm blue of the sky.   Thanks Jeremy Jarvis for a great assignment!

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Angel of Finality
Angel of Finality

Here is a look at the sketch submitted for this painting as well.  You can see that my sketches are sometimes pretty rough.  I don't always work out the values at this stage, but for this card, I knew that the play of light with the angel was going to be key, so went ahead and turned the sketch into a little value study.  The only big change I made in the final was removing the trees,  I decided that the shapes they made were interfering with the elegance of the wings, so I focused on creating shapes in the clouds that wouldn't compete too much.

Soulpurger Angel

Soulpurger Angel

and a shot of the card itself:

angel of finality card
angel of finality card

For those that are really looking at the details you will see that this card is reprising my angel from a previous card, Angel of Flight Alabaster.  She is my guardian of souls, caretaker of the graveyard.

Angel of Flight Alabaster
Angel of Flight Alabaster
Bojuka Bog - card
Bojuka Bog - card
Fog Bank - card
Fog Bank - card
Vivid Grove - card
Vivid Grove - card

I have a few other cards in the Commander 2013 release, but they are repeats from other releases.