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BIRD OF PARADISE

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This is an illustration I did for Wizards of the Coast.

Alas, the days of paint and canvas are now behind me. I did this one on the computer using Photoshop. It's funny in a way, I can paint on the computer, but I still don't like to draw on the computer.

The client asked to have the images look as traditional as possible, without computer effects and textures, so it's pretty traditional looking, despite being a digital painting. It's so practical doing things digitally. If you save in layers, changes are easier, and mailing your work in is as simple as sitting at your computer drinking coffee while you upload your images onto a server.

The job assignment was to illustrate a fictional, colorful bird that creates a rainbow with its tail. This colorful bird was to bring contrast to the drab/gothic city.

Wizards printed this card as a much-coveted FOIL card!

25 comments :

Armand Serrano said...

This looks great, Moe! If you had painted this a few months ago, it could have been Cha-cha bird. Great photoshop work.

Shane P said...

Ho-Ly MOE-ly! Mission acomplished.

Henry Elmo Bawden said...

mmmmmmm... foil. Nice work Marcelo.

Sam Nielson said...

Wow!!! You're truly a concept art renaissance man. Is there anything that you can't do well?

Roland Mechael said...

pretty! excellent work as always!

Brandon said...

Hey Marcelo, this is awsome! Love the detailed work of the background and then the beautifuly painted bird to contrast it. You are, without a doubt, a Jedi Master.

Jedulous said...

Amazing, Mr. Vignali. I'm coming here more often!

Jed

Alina Chau said...

This is beautiful!!

Marmax said...

The painting looks very traditional looking! Really Great work!

Hans said...

Wow Marcelo, what an interesting and beautiful image. I really like the contrast between the dark goth and bright positive colors of the bird.

Hans

craig said...

wonderful contrast! Great job on making it look traditional

Mad Guru said...

That's really beautiful! Congratulation!

Marcos Mateu said...

Nice color on the bird Mo, and some atmosphere here playing with the contrast.!

Mark Behm said...

Great shapes! I like this one a lot. It's such a releif to realize you've remembered to make whatever they're asking to change a layer.

GWhitehall said...

Great painting, i loved this game as a kid, still very fond of the art.

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is gorgeous.

andy said...

Beautiful work Marcelo!

MadameGaston said...

Amazingness... wow, I thought it was a photograph.

A. Riabovitchev said...

Wow ,this bird is really from paradise!:O)

ALTAMIRA said...

buenisimo!!

S.T. Lewis said...

Wow! Beautiful colors and composition... and everything else. You're amazing, Marcelo.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everybody, I appreciate the comments.

Kelsey said...

Great work partner! I love you layout work. Hell, your pirate stuff great too.

What did you paint that with? Gouche?

SketchbookAllstars said...

Excellent colors and control in Photoshop!

[飛] said...

Very nice! I really like how the colorful bird stands out from the dark colored background. Do you think you can make a high resolution version?