NY Comic Con 2012!

A BIG thank you to everyone who visited my table at the 2012 NY Comic Con.

I had a blast and made some new friends.

I’m updating the site and adding some of the items I had at the Con. Check back later this evening when I make the changes live.

Until then,
101 Zombies Neely Lawson Robin Hood Films

I just completed this piece for the fantastic Robin Hood Films out in Nevada. Watch out for it!

Prints from Witches Tarot

Giclee Print Empress Witches Tarot by Mark Evans
Hello everyone!

I'm in the proof stage with the Giclee (zhee-klay) printer I've chosen to print the artwork for Witches Tarot.

For the tarot paintings, I've chosen a very thick, heavyweight, matte finish paper engineered for high contrast and crisp reproduction of high resolution images. It is Acid-free for archival longevity and really makes the colors pop.

The prints will either be 9" x 12" or 9.5" x 13" and shipped flat. The paper is too rigid to be shipped any other way.

There will also be a system in place if you want a larger print.

I've done my best to make these prints an affordable, quality item that will last for generations to come. I think everyone will be happy with the final product.

Further information about price will be forthcoming on https://www.facebook.com/WitchesTarot

and Witches Tarot.

Thank you all for your kindness and support. It means more than you know.

OH! I NOW have a facebook page.
Please be sure to follow me at https://www.facebook.com/MarkEvansIllustrator

Witches Tarot launched!!

Today I launched the Witches Tarot website. Take a look.

I think I did some of my best work on that deck.

Here is one image I think came out quite nicely.



Justice from Witches Tarot by Ellen Dugan and Mark Evans

Witches Tarot - 6 of Wands

Here is the Six of Wands from the upcoming Witches Tarot set.
witches tarot 6 of Wands by Ellen Dugan and Mark Evans from  Llewellyn worldwide
This one was a lot of fun.

I had a blast doing the chain mail. Here is a detail.
witches tarot 6 of Wands head detail by Ellen Dugan and Mark Evans from Llewellyn worldwide

The Witches Tarot website will be launching in a few days! Thank you for the support!!

www.witchestarot.com

I’ll be launching the Witches Tarot website in a few days.

Ellen Dugan and I will have prints, an artbook and a few super special limited edition items which we will sell through the website.

I’ll drop a line here when the website is up.

Until then, here is The Empress card. I’m very pleased with the way she turned out.

witches tarot The Empress by Ellen Dugan and Mark Evans from  Llewellyn worldwide

Please purchase the Witches Tarot through Amazon or directly from Llewellyn.

Witches Tarot coming in September

In June of 2010 I started working on a seventy-eight painting tarot card deck, for Llewelyn Worldwide, called Witches Tarot.

I just received word that the deck will be released in September and I can’t wait for everyone to see it!

When I accepted the job, I knew nothing of Tarot and it’s history. I was blessed to have the legendary award-winning author Ellen Dugan as my collaborator. With her guidance and vast knowledge, the meaning and symbolism of each illustration was true to the traditions of the Tarot community.

From Llewellyn Publications--

Positively radiating witchy energy, this easy-to-use tarot showcases beautiful and evocative digital artwork. Echoing the traditional Rider-Waite structure, each card includes instantly recognizable Pagan symbols that resonate with today’s Witch. In addition to card descriptions and meanings, Dugan’s companion guide features seven unique, spell-enhancing spreads for both tarot readings and magickal practice.

I think we both did some absolutely FANTASTIC work on this set. Ellen scripted and designed the deck, and wrote the original accompanying book. I’m proud of my 78 paintings and I am equally proud of the glorious text that accompanies each illustration. I thank Ellen and the good people at Llewellyn for including me in such an awesome project.

Ellen and I will have prints, an artbook and a few super special limited edition items to coincide with the release of the deck.

Watch this space for further news!!

Please purchase the Witches Tarot through Amazon or directly from Llewellyn.

City of Lies starring Michael Madsen

Every once and a blue moon I hook up with someone whose work I really enjoy.

Elias Plagianos is one of those people. We started working together on illustrations for his Indie films a few years back. I’ve watched him and his company ESP Films Ltd. slowly win award after award. A few weeks ago, he asked me to draw a promo piece for his new film City of Lies starring the great Michael Madsen. The problem was that he needed the painting completed in a very, very short period of time.

City of Lies Sketch
I decided the only way I was going to make the deadline was to render it using a “colored pencil” style. Basically, that means getting the values down in pencil and applying color in transparent washes and colored pencil over top. This is a technique that if planned out properly at the very beginning, can greatly speed up the process. I used Photoshop CS3 to create a digital pencil and rendered a tight comp.




City of Lies starring Michael Madsen finish Painting
Once the sketch was approved, I applied color over the digital pencils. Photoshop was used for this step as well. Even though this painting is a bit rougher than my normal paintings, I’m very pleased with the overall image.