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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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.
and a shot of the card itself:
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.
I have a few other cards in the Commander 2013 release, but they are repeats from other releases.