Saturday, March 1, 2014


I first became familiar with the work of Hieronymus Bosch in a high school European History class. The professor loved this 15th century, Netherlandish painter, and I too was immediately drawn to the intricate, methodical nature of his work. You could say Bosch sits among the pantheon of artists that are always stirring in the back of my brain. I went on to name my pet chameleon simply, Hiero. And just last year I finally got to see a Bosch up close; his most famous work, The Garden of Earthly Delights, at the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The piece is actually a triptych depicting Adam and Eve's paradise on the left, a myriad of nude figures and mythical creatures in the central panel, and a hellish landscape on the right. 

Needless to say when a client asked to replicate a Bosch onto a card I was excited to take on such a challenge. As Bosch's works are endlessly detailed I immediately knew that I could only accomplish a small section of one of his paintings on my 63x88mm canvas. And as Bosch's rendition of Hell is particularly freakish, I knew that had to be my choice. So without further adieu, here's the bottom right section from Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Saving Jace

Altering is most often about adding something to a card to make it special and unique. Ever so often, it's about saving a card on its last legs.

About a month ago I was presented with perhaps my most extensive and difficult restoration project to date. The card in question: an original foil Jace, the Mind Sculptor. The card was in awful shape. It had been altered previously, perhaps to hide other damage (neither I, nor the owner have the full story). The paint job was done very poorly, acrylic caked on like frosting and covering most of the foil as well. There were some dings visible along the sides and back. The condition was so horrible, the owner didn't bat an eye when I asked if I could gently scratch the surface to see if any of the paint would come off. I didn't have any delicate tools on hand, so I ever so gently rubbed it with my house key. A chip came off without damaging the card further. I was hopeful something could be done, with the caveat that there was no bringing this card back to pack fresh quality.

I feel a little uncomfortable showing the full card in it's original state. After all, this is someones alter job and for all I know they were proud of the result. That said, here's a small crop:

And here we have the card after most of the paint was removed. I quickly discovered that the card had also been acetoned to some extent.

At first I wasn't sure how to approach this mess I found under all that paint. Eventually I settled on simply restoring the Jace and some of the frame. I didn't want to cover all the foil, as the previous alteration had done, so I cleaned it up as best I could, removing stray remnants of printing with, sorry to say, a little acetone of my own. 

Ultimately it felt like the greater good. I hope Jace can put this all behind him and seek out a better life that I'm sure awaits in his future.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

It's Finally Complete

My Nouveau Moxes appeared on this blog earlier in the year. I shared the Nouveau Lotus via a GatheringMagic article just two short months ago. And now, with an Ancestral Recall, Timetwister, and Time Walk finished over the past two weeks, the full set is finally complete. A lot of hours of planning, priming, and painting, and we're here.

Let's see those last three a little closer...

I hope you enjoyed! As always, see more work every week posted to my Facebook. The link to which is located on the right side of this blog. 

- Eric

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

No, The Other Madonna

The past couple of days have seen me working on two different takes on the classical image of Madonna and Child. The latest one is based off Fra Filippo Lippi's Madonna and Child with Angels, circa 1455. One of the older inspirations for a piece, and one of the most detailed. Let's get to it!

Click image for larger view.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Mucha's Moxes

You'll notice by first set of altered Moxes above in the header, modeled after Terese Niesen's famous Guru lands. And today, I get to unveil my second, lending tribute to Alphonse Mucha.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hello Dave

I've had this idea in my back pocket for a while. I've done time lapse video of my process in the past, and a couple of animated gifs compiling process photos, but never anything this extensive. Each frame is 5-10 min of work. I kept myself on an egg timer for over four hours. Very pleased to show the result!

And here's the finished card:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Television Inspiration

Recently finished this Candelabra and it got me thinking...

Television and movies are such great sources for inspiration in altering, sometimes I forget I've painted so many connected characters. I decided to look into the matter.

One of my more prolific muses comes as no surprise.

The other might, but shouldn't.

And finally, four that come from some personal favorites.