Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch Interior 3

So I've shown you a couple of the digital pen and ink pieces, but what of the black and white oil paintings done for Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch by Ben Thompson? Well, here's one I did for the chapter on the fall of Constantinople:

No real story here beyond the fact that it's oil on illustration board and measures 8" x 12".

I'm sure there will be some of you reading this that will be curious as to why I chose oil for this piece and the digital pen and ink for another. I wish I could tell you, but I honestly only have a vague notion. These were done about a year ago, after all.

I suppose that part of the choice came down to confidence in a given piece. I knew that I'd have flexibility with digital pen and ink on those pieces I wasn't too sure about, and could fill in large blanks while still completing them out in a timely manner. The oil pieces were more or less ready to go and often depicted some sort of atmospheric affect, which is something oil is probably better suited to dealing with. But that's about all I can recall.

Anyway, Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch — as well as author Ben Thompson's other books Badass and Badass: The Birth of a Legend — are out in stores now and and are also available on,, and can be bought from an independent bookstore via

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