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ChandraSmoulder02 by SteveArgyle ChandraSmoulder02 by SteveArgyle
So, at Magic the Gathering tournaments, and at conventions players attend, a common request is to sketch a little something on a playmat.

Over time, they got more elaborate, and now they're to the point of being basically paintings, only more difficult, because it's marker on fabric. Which I've found to be the most unforgiving medium so far. And that includes shaving and tattooing wild gorillas.

At Gen Con last year, I basically told everyone they could leave their playmat with me, along with a bribe, and I'd sketch up their mats and ship them home. Between me and a few folks helping me run my booth, we lost track of how many we'd promised to do. I went home with hundreds. Each requiring several hours of work. Suffice it to say, many people waited a very, very long time for their mats, and I decided I needed to rethink how I'm going to do my playmat fanservice. And that I should try to convince Copic to sponsor me.

This is just one that I thought turned out kinda nice. Chandra powering up.

Copic Marker on 14x24 fabric and neoprene playmat.

Chandra Nalaar copyright Wizards of the Coast.
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Aarnum Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Do you sell those playmats?
THEJOHN59 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Très jolie !
ElsieRichards Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Very cool!
SSJester Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant work, sir. Brilliant.
trippinxtremezebra Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
thats so cool!
markers are my fave medium!

aw man i really would love a play mat from you. markers <3
idirae Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't realize this was a playmat until I read the artist's notes. O_O
Stunning work!
Gazbag Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
So hard to put marker onto a playmat and try and draw something nice out of it :/ Unfortunately for me I tried to draw something on a playmat with letraset pens...
...Id advise against it lol :P
Keldain Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Amazing work! :)
MicahBlack Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think knowing what the medium is elevates this from a "you tha's nice" drawing, to a "DAAAAAMN!" drawing..
[and you should totally be sponsored by Copic..and then send me the surplus..
plus a playmat..with a drawing on it..giftwrapped- lol]
IAstartov Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Impressive work.
huntererinful Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome. I'm working on one for a friend of mine too.
IVAN-77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Admirable and very impresionant work...congrats.
Veldara Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Ya know I see plenty of artist playmats being sold in and some copies are being signed by artists as well like Don Dos Santos for instance. If you made these playmats I'd totally buy one...maybe if you autograph my copy too... c: /cuteface
QueenRoadKill Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
So your a one man swet shop?
Diablo-1 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So Awesome!!
ghosttribe Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work good job
soy-monk Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible work, Mr. Argyle!

I think you might want to get in contact with Copic on Facebook and display your awesomeness there!
Tygerson Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Wow! And with markers!? Wow, it's really not about having the best gear/computer/paints, it's about those thousands of hours of practice.
L-A-Addams-Art Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
boshimi336 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There just so much untold history in that image with the way you have drawn it all together. Very awesome.
TheAntagonistHero Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
You need to convince Wizards to mass produce these, although the hand-drawn playmats have more sentimental value.
I don't play competitively anymore but I'm totally going to the next event near me that you attend just for a playmat.
Wrenzephyr2 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I want that on a playmat
Can I have that on a PLaymat!?
TFSakon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Hah I never thought of her freckled. :P
Treyos Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, who'd have thought she'd be even more beautiful powered down? Then again, I've got a thing for freckles, so... ;P
Rhyzekiel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Wild Gorillas can be tough customers but give them some fruit and getting that ink done isn't much of a problem. Fabric and markers cannot be bribed. Looks awesome, and it is just a downright nice service to perform.
JainZar Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Amazing! Fantastic! Other superlatives!
JDAntoine Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TDG52211 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
the eyes are flawless :la:
Glorious-Dawn Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   General Artist
Love the way you use light in this one!
Elsereth Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Your a legend! Keep it up!
Aeon--Soul Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is awesome, such a unique, piece of art to have!
MachineGunPiggy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
She's beautiful, type of girl i'd turn for xD lol
xKDawnx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most gorgeous picture of Chandra I think I've seen. The lighting is incredible!
Veavictis Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow love it!
Eihort Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
How in the name of the Gods of Art did you fit those hundreds in that workspace of yours and not spill booze on everything?
Player-Designer Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Ralston1850 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
You are a brave brave man....tried the markers on the are a patient patient man..
warrior-of-tzeentch Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
That is super beautiful, especially given the medium that you were working in. You certainly know how to spoil your fans :)
Haydaad Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Gorgeous potrait. I love th bright vivid colors. Awesom job! Thanks for sharign.
Sgt-Sahara Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks pro :D
GeomancerEDG Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn but I love how you put freckles on her. Always a pleasure to see your Chandra... at least when she has hair down.
RoCueto Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's one lucky playmat owner.
JuiceboxCowboy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
How do you get such nice tones and textures with copic? Truly amazing!
Pointy-Eared-Fiend Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
That's on fabric? Bravo! I work with markers too, and I have to say, that's impressive.
Taeryne Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Damn, I want one! Wish I'd had a blank mat when I saw you at GP Montreal. Guess I will have to settle for just my 3 mats and pile of cards I asked you to sign...

But really: great work. I know how difficult markers on mats are to work without a bit of practice.
Davidthedemon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
at this point there is a three second window to runaway.
Crayola Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Loooooooooove this!
MercilessInk Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Copic marker on fabric?? That's new to me, I didn't think that was possible. Great work! I hope Copic does sponsor you, they'd be fools not to!
Zerocool748 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i want one...
I would love to talk to you some day! lol
yamagata9982 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Sometimes you are way to nice... =)
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