Wylie Beckert

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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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Wicked Kingdom Posted on 15 Apr 2015


King of Spades oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

11x17" oil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper


THE KING OF SPADES, whose once-prosperous kingdom has gone to seed. In his age, he has become an ascetic -- forsaking all worldly pursuits with the exceptions of botany and gravedigging.

The battlefields of four kingdoms have disappeared beneath his encroaching gardens; it is said that the cabbages that grow in unusual abundance from those dark plots of earth sometimes have the faces of men, and are eaten only in times of great famine.


I'm generally a bit directionless with my personal work, but at last my wandering compass needle has found North: I'm undertaking a series of illustrated playing cards called Wicked Kingdom. In my excitement I've set up an official website over at www.wickedkingdomdeck.com, where I'll be gathering the finished card illustrations all in one place. It's sparsely populated at the moment, but I've got a ton of art in the works for this deck, so keep an eye out.

And YES - this is all leading up to the release of an actual playable deck down the line. That will probably happen later this year (or early next), so if you want to be kept in the loop, I highly recommend joining the mailing list.

King of Spades oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

The finished pencil art, 11x17"



I'll be painting all of these cards traditionally and, because I'm always getting questions about my traditional technique, I'll be documenting the process for each card in a series of process tutorials, which I'll be making available via Patreon. I've already assembled the first tutorial - a write-up of my process for the King of Spades - and I'm making it available for everyone for free (link here) as a sample of the content I'll be offering my Patreon supporters alongside each finished painting. I'm expecting my process to evolve over the course of these illustrations (I'm already figuring out a few tweaks and shortcuts), which should help keep things exciting if you're following along.

King of Spades oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

A preview of my mixed-media working process... check out the tutorial for more.



I'm also planning some more in-depth tutorials on some of the aspects of my process (stretching paper, spray matte medium, etc) that people tend to get curious about. So! If you've ever been confounded my the mysteries of my techniques and wish to see more, a few bucks on Patreon will buy you all my secrets and, of course, a firm handshake when next we meet (non-supporters receive clammy, limp handshakes almost exclusively).

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King of Spades oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

In case you can't tell, I'm insanely excited for this thing. More to come...


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New Work: Fairy Brew Posted on 06 Mar 2015


Fairy Brew oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

Fairy Brew - 18x24" oil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper


The fairy drink is composed of equal parts mushrooms, moonshine, and madness. It is drunk the world over in humble barrows and grand fairy halls, but it is a bitter brew not suited to the palates of mortals, and wise men avoid it.

This painting was created for Krab Jab Studio's upcoming Faerie III show. If you're in Seattle this month, make sure to check it out in person! If you aren't in Seattle this month, you can just gaze sadly at the list of artists and wish you were (that's what I've been doing).

Fairy Brew oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

The underdrawing - 11x17 pencil on Bristol paper


While I intended to do my usual exhaustive process write-up for this piece, the process on this one was particularly harrowing and involved starting over from scratch after my first attempt at the oil painting stage went terribly, terribly wrong. I learned a few important lessons (chief among them not to wait until a week before the shipping deadline to start worrying about finishing a painting) along with a lot of new swear words. All in all, though, it was definitely worth starting over - as it almost always is.

My unwillingness to dig through my documentation from this last grueling week has ensured that the origin story of this painting will remain shrouded in mystery; here's a snapshot of the (second) underpainting in progress, just to prove that it is, in fact, something I painted and not merely a fortuitous flea market find.

Fairy Brew oil painting by artist Wylie Beckert

The watercolor/white charcoal underpainting in progress.


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ILLUSTRATED PLAYING CARD DECKS:

WICKED KINGDOM www.wickedkingdomdeck.com | REIGN OF SIN www.reignofsin.com