Before discussing our cuddly friend here, I wanted to mention that I just got back from my first IlluXcon convention in Altoona, PA. It was totally incredible to get a chance to meet so many of my art-heroes like Donato Giancola, Dan Dos Santos, Eric Fortune and Mark Zug just to name a few. I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in imaginative art, it's totally worth the trek. For a play-by-play of the show, check out Chris Burdett's blog: http://christopherburdett.blogspot.com/
Alright, this piece was done as updated art for an older Magic card called Crosis, the Purger, here's the previous incarnation:
The Art Director wanted me to keep the key elements of the original design while hopefully making it more intense and realistic. I wound up looking at a lot of reference of beetles and scorpions for wing and carapace ideas.
Crosis, the Purger - 14 x 18 in. oil on masonite