This week’s featured art(ist) is Cynthia Sheppard.
I know Cynthia Sheppard thanks to her work for Wizards of the Coast for the Magic: The Gathering card game. She’s created artwork for many of my cards in the TCG, with her work always featuring a sense of deadly beauty. Her personal website and alternate blog feature a lot of high fantasy art, mostly original works like the one below.
Her digital paintings are gorgeous, I particularly love how Cynthia depicts hair and mouths- two of the hardest thing about portraiture. Her figures tend to have dramatic poses, bringing a sense of electricity to the paintings. Below is an awesome time lapse video of Cynthia painting of everyone’s favorite Khaleesi, Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. It’s great to see how Cynthia works in the digital painting medium, and how she uses the still frame references from the show.
Next time you go to a Con, you should check to see if Cynthia’s there! I know I’d love to have one of her prints/pieces.