I’ve been having fun with Inktober this month. It’s been great to produce some traditional work and making a bit of space each day for some work that can just be about fun and experimentation is very rewarding.
A new paladin hero skin is now available in Hearthstone. Please say hello ( hello, hello ) to Sir Annoy-O! It was great to be able to revisit this little guy and extend his family tree a little further. For anyone who hasn’t already had enough of this annoying chap, perhaps you’d be interested in seeing how Sir Annoy-O evolved?
Above you can see the inital sketches for Sir Annoy-O, from first concept at the top to the approved design at the bottom. The setting for the artwork was to be Stormwinid, so my first idea was to have Annoy-O dressed up in a collection of Stormwind and Alliance gear. Like he’d raided the Stormwind souvenir shop. This was judged insufficiently annoying and, looking back, the pose is quite static; he’s just standing there.
One of the original Annoy-o-tron’s signatures are his horn and bell. He’s a noisy devil. So the next step was to consider options to give Sir Annoy-O improved noise making capabilities. What is the most annoying nusical instrument? Bagpipes, of course. I really liked the idea of giving the Annoy-Os Scottish heritage but this too failed to acheive a satisfactory level of annoyance.
I had the idea to try and work in a squeaky hammer, a call out to the preferred weapon of his newly adopted paladin brothers and sisters, and while drawing that in had the idea of adding a marching drum. Then everything just fell into place, the drum head to show off the smiley face from the original Annoyotron and the one man band feel of the design suits the Annoy-O vibe perfectly. That design was approved and was worked up to the final art with no significant changes, other than the addition of some extra honkers on the side of the drum.
If you want to play with Sir Annoy-O, he’s available along with a pack bundle during the Hallow’s End event which runs until the end of October.
If you’d like to know more about the Annoy-Os, I recently conducted an interview with Variety on their history which you can find here - https://variety.com/2018/gaming/features/sir-annoy-o-art-history-design-matt-dixon-1202975338/
As Halloween is fast approaching I thought this would be an opportune moment to offer up some zombies. These canvas prints are ex-display and have some slight blemishes but are offered with horrifyingly brutal discounts to reflect their imperfections. Free UK shipping too! UK shipping only due to size.
Find them in the newly added ‘misc’ category above. More to be added there soon..!
Signed prints of my work for Hearthstone's latest expansion, The Boomsday Project, are now available. Prints are A4 size ( 210 x 297mm ) on high quality glossy paper and ship worldwide in sturdy cardboard tubes.
Click the image to go shopping! Shopping for science!
I've just taken delivery of a huge pile of boxes. The 2019 Transmissions calendars are here! Many thanks to all who backed the Kickstarter campaign. This wouldn't be possible without your support.
Kickstarter rewards should begin shipping out next week. Pre-orders will despatch once all Kickstarter rewards have been sent. The calendars will then go on general sale. There's still time to get in on the pre-orders here!
Annoy-o-module, for the new Hearthstone expansion, The Boomsday Project. I've painted over 100 pieces of art for Hearthstone but my favourite is one of the first I produced, Annoy-o-tron, so it's always a pleasure to be asked to extend the little guy's family. First there was the troubled step-cousin, Psych-o-tron. Now there's baby brother, Annoy-o-module, and imagine my delight when I was also given the opportunity to paint his creator! Meet Annoy-o-tron's Mom, Giggling Inventor!
Here's hoping I have the chance to explore this wacky family tree further in the future..!
The Boomsday Project, Hearthstone's latest expansion, is soon to be released! This was a really fun set to work on, especially as I had the opportunity to concept the appearance of Dr. Boom for this set and to paint his hero card art. The theme was super cool. Any expansion that gives me the chance to draw a mechanical rabbit on a pogo stick, a weaponised piñata and show the lunatic who invented our old friend Annoy-o-tron is all right by me!
The Kickstarter campaign for my 2019 Transmissions calendar has now ended. The project was over 1000% funded with the help of more than 250 backers. Thanks to everyone who supported the project!
Pre-orders are now open for anyone who may have missed the campaign. Pre-ordered calendars will despatch once all Kickstarter rewards have been shipped, which should mean delivery in late September. Pre-order here - http://bit.ly/2019TCPre
Prints of some of my work for the latest Hearthstone expansion, The Witchwood, are now available in the Hearthstone sectioon of this site. Choose Murloc Holmes to add a whiff of mystery to your workspace, Muckling as a creepy cute gift for your favourite swamp monster, or Shudderwock if your walls need a touch of bellowing horror. There's something for everyone!
The final Kickstarter rewards are preparing to journey towards their owners, so I'm calling the Transmissions 4 campaign complete. Thanks to everyone for the amazing support. I'm delighted with the reaction to the book and it's wonderful to think that the pictures I spend my time quietly making in my dark little attic in the Midlands have found homes on bookshelves across the globe. Thank you!
So what's next, I hear you cry? Work on Transmissions 5 has already begun, but it's a little early to start thinking about the next book too seriously. Next up is the 2019 Transmissions calendar which will be heading to Kickstarter next month.
After that, I have a new project which will hopefully launch later in the year. More on that nearer the time, but I can confirm it has nothing to do with robots.
Transmissions 4 has gone to press! All the artwork is complete, the layout is done, and the files are now in the capable hands of my printer. The books should be with me in a couple of weeks, so Kickstarter rewards should begin to despatch this month, with pre-orders following hot on their heels.
Pre-order your copy here - http://bit.ly/T4preORDER
Card reveals for the new Hearthstone expansion, The Witchwood, are in full swing. I love to see all the cool new art dropping. Here's on of mine, 'Totem Cruncher'.
The Kickstarter campaign for my new book of robot art, Transmissions 4, has ended. The project was funded in just under two hours and by the end of the 30 day campaign was over 1000% funded by 552 backers.
Thank you to everyone who supported the campaign. It's difficult to describe how it feels to have so many people get behind an idea that's so close to the heart but it's a very special thing and I am grateful to each and every one of you.
Transmissions 4 is now available to pre-order here.
Pre-orders will despatch once all Kickstarter rewards have shipped. Probably in early June. Once Kickstarter rewards have been sent, work from Transmissions 4 will also be available to buy as prints. If you would like to be notified once these prints are available please sign up to my newsletter.
I now have some busy weeks ahead!
The Kickstarter campaign for Transmissions 4, my new book of robot art, is now live!
Transmissions 4 follows the same format as it's predecessors; A4 in size with 36 full colour pages and perfect bound with a laminated soft cover. Nothing gives me more pleasure than exploring the world these robots inhabit and making pictures of what I find. I hope you can find space on your bookshelf for some new rusty freinds.
Take a look at the project here - http://bit.ly/TraN4
Crowd funding relies on getting as many people to see the project as possible. Any assistance you can offer in that department would be greatly appreciated. Please spread the word on social media if you can. Thank you!
Short URL - http://bit.ly/TraN4
The Kickstarter campaign for Transmissions 4, my new collection of robot artwork, launches next week. Monday, February 26 at 10am GMT to be precise. There are lots of new robot images to share over the coming weeks...
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