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Newsdump, Summer 2015 Posted on 16 Jul 2015


Snow White oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

Snow White, 11x17" oil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper


As usual, the more blogworthy stuff I have going on, the less time I have for writing blog posts. As such, much of what I've been up to over the past few months has failed to be immortalized. It's okay, though, because I keep seeing headlines like "BLOGGING IS DEAD!" insisting that social media is the wave of the future/present. I do tend to keep things (relatively) current on Facebook and Instagram, in case you like your updates shorter and louder.

In my absence, I've been:

• Attending SFAL! It was my second year exhibiting; this time around I shared a booth with fellow artist Sam Guay and got to room with also-fellow-artists Rovina Cai and Matt Lewis. In an insane twist, I also somehow picked up the Rising Star award! I'm now the proud owner of this awesome trophy sculpted by Kristine & Colin Poole. It's even more gorgeous in person!

Spectrum Rising Star award by Kristine and Colin Poole


• Appearing on the One Fantastic Week podcast! I got to chat with Pete Mohrbacher and Sam Flegal about my current project, the Wicked Kingdom illustrated playing card series.

One Fantastic Week

• Setting up a shop! During my 1FW appearance, Sam and Pete talked me into launching prints for the series as I go, rather than waiting for the final Kickstarter campaign - I'll be putting together a formal shop announcement in coming days, but in the meantime, check out the available prints (and originals!) at www.wickedkingdomdeck.com/wkshop.

Wicked Kingdom framed original paintings by Wylie Beckert

• Painting! (Obviously.) I have the good fortune of having a piece in the Mazza Museum's Enchanted Brush exhibition - a covet (accepted collective noun) of awesome fantasy artists creating their own interpretations of popular fairytales. Check out the rundown HERE, and if you're in Ohio, stop by the Mazza Museum to check out the work in person! My contribution to the show was Snow White (final image at the top of the post.)

Snow White oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

The open theme left me free to try something a little more fine art/a little less illustrative in both process and content than my usual work. While I normally work over a print of my pencil art, this time around I painted directly over the pencil drawing - with some interesting results. You'll definitely be seeing more experiments along these lines in the future...

Snow White oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

Snow White oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

I've got a few other projects that I've been wrapping up over the past month (not the least being more work for Wicked Kingdom) - I'll try to get the site updated with some of the highlights as time permits.


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New Work: Thousandfurs Posted on 08 Jun 2015


Thousandfurs oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

11x17" oil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper

This is a piece from a couple months back that never made it onto the blog: a painting for the Grimm show at Helikon Gallery. It's an illustration for the Grimm fairytale "Thousandfurs" (also known by its alternate title "The King who Wished to Marry His Daughter" - in case you were wondering whether or not this is one of the stories that Disney will reboot with cute animal sidekicks and catchy musical numbers).
Thousandfurs pencil drawing by artist Wylie Beckert

The finished pencil art, 11x17"


Featured in the fairytale: a dress as golden as the sun; a dress as silver as the moon; a dress as bright as the stars; and a cloak made from the fur of every kind of animal (pictured!)

The show runs through July 10 in Denver - if you find yourself in the area, be sure to check it out in person!

underpainting in progress

The underpainting in progress




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Wicked Kingdom: The King of Diamonds Posted on 03 Jun 2015


King of Diamonds oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

11x17" oil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper


THE KING OF DIAMONDS, seeker of knowledge and bringer of light. Alongside his laboratories and the unimaginable libraries contained within, all other wonders of the four kingdoms pale.

It is the subject of some debate how many decades he spent shut up in the darkness, bent over scrolls and beakers - but legend generally puts the number between ten and fifteen. The fruit of his labors: a kingdom renowned for its ceaseless industry and unsurpassed wealth, whose heights and depths alike are perpetually illuminated by the harnessed light of alchemical fires.

The last of the kings for the Wicked Kingdom deck is finished!

King of Hearts pencil drawing by artist Wylie Beckert

The finished pencil art, 11x17"

Next up, I'll be starting the queens. Before I exposed the Wicked Kingdom project to the unforgiving light of day, I had all the kings thumbnailled out (and the pencil art already done for a few of them). The queens will be completely new territory - always nerve-wracking, but I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of it.

King of diamonds oil painting in progress
For those of you who are process-minded, $5 on Patreon will buy you access all my Wicked Kingdom process tutorials to date, with more to come soon.


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Wicked Kingdom: The King of Clubs Posted on 17 May 2015


King of Clubs oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

11x17" oil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper


THE KING OF CLUBS, whose kingdom's enduring peace was bought with steel and blood. The few remaining souls who have faced his armies on the field of battle tell strange stories of teeth and claws, of warriors who eat human flesh and wear the skins of fabulous beasts.

His current life is one of quiet diplomacy behind high walls; his far-seeing eyes, though, are always trained on the uneasy world beyond his guarded borders. In his armories, the forge-fires are never permitted to go out, and his beast-skin armor is never allowed to lose its polish.

A little late on the posting, but here's the latest for the Wicked Kingdom deck!

King of Hearts pencil drawing by artist Wylie Beckert

The finished pencil art, 11x17"

Part of the reason I undertook this project - and committed to doing all the paintings in traditional media - was to hone my traditional painting skills. There's been a lot of trial end error so far, but I'm slowly figuring out what works and what doesn't; I've even come across a few new techniques (kneaded erasers...on oil paint!!). If you're interested in checking out some further details on how this image came together, $5 on Patreon will buy you access all my Wicked Kingdom process tutorials to date, with more to come soon.

King of clubs oil painting in progress

King of clubs oil painting in progress

King of clubs oil painting in progress


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Wicked Kingdom: The King of Hearts Posted on 03 May 2015


King of Hearts oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

11x17" oil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper


THE KING OF HEARTS, as the current pretender is known. Stepson to the old king, who was prudent and just, the new king - regrettably - takes after his mother. A hedonist and a worshipper of strange gods, he has a keen eye for inner beauty and a host of unusual appetites.

The sprawling harem at the heart of the capitol (whose construction began at his decree upon assuming the crown, and has been the ongoing financial ruin of the kingdom) is a vibrant city unto itself: home to a raucous and ever-changing population of travelers, slaves, and supplicants from the furthest corners of the world. Nights in his inner palace, however, are said to be strangely silent.

Here's my latest painting for the Wicked Kingdom deck! The King of Clubs is a few glazes away from completion, and I've already started in on the King of Diamonds (shaping up to be one of my favorite concepts so far).

King of Hearts pencil drawing by artist Wylie Beckert

The finished pencil art, 11x17"

The complete process tutorial is available to $5 backers on Patreon. Many thanks to all of you who are already following along & supporting - it's been a huge boost to know that other people are as excited about this project as I am!

King of hearts oil painting in progress


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