Innistrad Magic The Gathering

I have three illustrations in the new Magic The Gathering Innistrad deck from Wizards of The Coast.

I’ve added them to my site.
Magic The Gathering Innistrad Crossway Vampire by Mark EvansMagic The Gathering Innistrad Gatstaf Shepherd and Gatstaf Howler
This set was a blast to work on and I hope I can visit this world again.

During Thanksgiving weekend, I’m going to put my sketches for Magic The Gathering up for sale. If anyone has a card sketch they would like to own, drop me a line. The prices will be very reasonable. I’ll also add some Innistrad prints and the white backed Promo cards I received from Wizards of The Coast for sale as well.

Be sure to check back!!

BIG project with big non-disclosure agreement

I’m in the process of completing almost 75 paintings for an awesome project that will be unveiled sometime this year. I think I have been doing my best work on this assignment and I can’t wait to show everyone what I have been working on.

Mythic Palace thumbnail Mark Evans Illustrator
Until then, here is the genesis of Trade War. This was done a few years back for a game called Mythic Palace from Breakaway Games.

I received this thumbnail sketch from the Art Director. When I receive a thumbnail sketch, I always ask myself “What is it trying to say?”

These small (credit card size or so) tonal and compositional sketches are used to try out design or subject ideas. As always with thumbnails, it’s hard to translate the energy and emotion in a thumbnail into a finished image. In a thumbnail, you go for the broad gesture with tacit regard to anatomy. Some artists use this phase to graphically design the piece. They can spot blacks, cast shadows, even add in little background details. This one was pretty good. It was loose enough for me to see the action without tying me down with too much detail.

Mythic Games Trade War painting by Mark Evans Illustrator

Here is what I came up with.

I kept the broad placement of the figures and changed the pose of the figure on the left. The pose was a bit to cartoony for my realistic art style. Even though I think I sacrificed some of the energy in the thumbnail because of that decision, I think I made the right call.



Trade War Corel Painter Mark Evans
The finish was done in Corel Painter.

I have a couple more Mythic Palace paintings. I’ll post them over the next few days.

George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones on HBO

I have heard fantastic things about the new HBO series based on George R. R. Martin novel A Game of Thrones. As someone who is intimately familiar with the A Song of Ice and Fire series of epic novels, the cast and production values seem spot on.

Sean Bean as Ned is brilliant.

I sell a series of prints based on the officially licensed work I did for the A Game of Thrones game.

Be sure to check my Print Shop.

hbo game of thrones illustrator, hbo game of thrones art, Eddard Stark, George R.R. Martin, HBO, Lena Headey, Robert Baratheon, Mark Addy, Theon Greyjoy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Tyrion Lannister, Peter Dinklage, Lady Catelyn Stark, Michelle Fairley, Petyr Baelish, Aiden Gillen, Joffrey Baratheon, Jack Gleeson, Ser Jorah Mormont, Iain Glen, Jon Snow, Kit Harington, Cersei Lannister, Bran Stark, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Robb Stark, Richard Madden, Sandor Clegane, Rory McCann, Sansa Stark, Sophie Turner, Arya Stark, Maisie, Williams, Khal Drogo, Jason Momoa, Jamie Lannister, Nikolaj Coster- Waldau

In the coming weeks I’m going to do some paintings of the cast. The series has gotten my Westeros blood flowing again and I’ll take any excuse to draw Lena Headey.


Winter is Coming!!



Star Wars Galaxies and Everquest Legends of Norath Artwork

Dark Star Wars Jedi Sai Tok Mai
I added the work I completed for Sony Online Entertainment to the new site. This was a dream series of projects. I got to play in the Everquest universe and show off my vast knowledge of all things Star Wars. I have to figure out a way to do more Star Wars art. Dark Horse here I come!











Star Wars and Cloudmover.net 3.0

It's been a LONG time between updates. I apologize for that.

Most of the delay has been caused by life and it's challenges. I've spent the last few years taking care of a very sick family member. Consequently, updates to this site have taken a back seat. In the last few months, thanks to positive health reports, the family member and myself have managed to develop a workable "status quo." That has given me some breathing room to tackle a few things that have been repeatedly subordinated to the "do it tomorrow file."

One of those things has been a refinement of the underlying structure of my website.

When I initially designed this site, I barely knew what I was doing. Consequently, this site is a house of cards. One little mistake can destroy the integrity of an entire page. This makes updates unnecessarily complex and a pain to do. I am in the process of a complete overhaul.

In addition to a sketch blog and an RSS feed, there will be a great deal of new images added to site 3.0. Some of the illustrations will include paintings completed for Sony Online Entertainment, Upper Deck, Scholastic, Magic The Gathering and Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine.

Expect the new streamlined site by the end of December.

Before I go, I wanted to share a bit of news before the new site goes live.
Luke Skywalker Start Wars Galaxies

This year I had the pleasure to work with Sony Online Entertainment on their new TCG called Star Wars Galaxies - Champions of the Force. Lucasfilm chose my painting of Luke Skywalker to show off some of the fantastic art from the new game.

I'm a BIG Star Wars geek so this has special meaning to me.
See you with Cloudmover.net 3.0 in a few weeks!!