Gathering Steve Argyle's Magic
Steve Argyle - Legend of the Five Rings release - #195
The Dead of Winter With My Last Breath, card # 162/166
This is the last of five illustrations for the The Dead of Winter expansion for the Legend of the Five Rings CCG.  Empire at War was released in January 2011.  Like the previous set, Empire at War, all of the cards Steve illustrated in this set were new art.
This card is a common and is only available as a non-foil.
I have not been able to find a higher resolution of the artwork.

Steve Argyle - Legend of the Five Rings release - #195

The Dead of Winter With My Last Breath, card # 162/166

This is the last of five illustrations for the The Dead of Winter expansion for the Legend of the Five Rings CCG.  Empire at War was released in January 2011.  Like the previous set, Empire at War, all of the cards Steve illustrated in this set were new art.

This card is a common and is only available as a non-foil.

I have not been able to find a higher resolution of the artwork.

Steve Argyle - Legend of the Five Rings release - #194
The Dead of Winter No Pure Breaths, card # 134/166
This is the fourth of five illustrations for the The Dead of Winter expansion for the Legend of the Five Rings CCG.  Empire at War was released in January 2011.  Like the previous set, Empire at War, all of the cards Steve illustrated in this set were new art.
This card is a rare and is available both as a foil and as a non-foil.
I have not found a higher resolution of this artwork, but the similarity in his fist to those of Chandra Ablaze, which predates this illustration by about 15 months, is interesting to me.

Steve Argyle - Legend of the Five Rings release - #194

The Dead of Winter No Pure Breaths, card # 134/166

This is the fourth of five illustrations for the The Dead of Winter expansion for the Legend of the Five Rings CCG.  Empire at War was released in January 2011.  Like the previous set, Empire at War, all of the cards Steve illustrated in this set were new art.

This card is a rare and is available both as a foil and as a non-foil.

I have not found a higher resolution of this artwork, but the similarity in his fist to those of Chandra Ablaze, which predates this illustration by about 15 months, is interesting to me.

I hate miscredits

Whenever I come across a miscredited card it is SO much editing to correct the cascading number errors in subsequent posts.  Ick.

Steve Argyle - Legend of the Five Rings release - #193

The Dead of Winter Shosuro Jimen Experienced 2, card # 58/166

This is the third of five illustrations for the The Dead of Winter expansion for the Legend of the Five Rings CCG.  Empire at War was released in January 2011.  Like the previous set, Empire at War, all of the cards Steve illustrated in this set were new art.

This card is a rare and is available both as a foil and as a non-foil.

Steve illustrated Jimen before for the Emerald and Jade Champions set in December 2007.  This illustration appears to be using the same 3D models from the earlier version with more emphasis on the face and some signature fire interlaced with an interesting background element built from the Emerald mon for good measure.

The image is striking but not especially interesting.  It is far more dynamic than the previous version but lacking in action.  This sort of image makes me feel conflicted.  Each element is sound and the technique is excellent of course, but somehow they don’t seem to add up to more than the sum of its parts.

Steve Argyle - Legend of the Five Rings release - #192

The Dead of Winter Matsu Fumiyo Experienced, card # 38/166

This is the second of five illustrations for the The Dead of Winter expansion for the Legend of the Five Rings CCG.  Empire at War was released in January 2011.  Like the previous set, Empire at War, all of the cards Steve illustrated in this set were new art.

This card is a rare and is available both as a foil and as a non-foil.

Here is a link to a 1920 x 1200 wallpaper of the artwork.  Maybe 10% of the image is cropped off from the bottom, but we can get a closer look at the rendered surfaces which are so important to the piece.

Matsu Fumiyo was illustrated before in an unexperienced form by Steve for the The Truest Test expansion from May 2007 nearly four years earlier.  In this artwork you can see the pauldrons she wore in the previous work hanging on the wall in the background of this elegantly simple dojo.  Note also the mon of the Matsu family on her shirt.  Steve includes these details fairly regularly.

Speaking of details, looking into the wallpaper closely you will see all kinds of wonderful details.  Take a moment to appreciate the woodgrains, the sunbeams on the floor, and the mat floor which has a visible weave which lies in perfect alignment with the artwork’s perspective.  The fabric rendering is, as usual, top-shelf.

Fumiyo’s expression is a carefully tuned combination of pleasure and concentration as you might expect to see in one satisfied with their training results.

The ponytail is a deceptively important detail here.  The position of it in the air indicates that we are seeing a snapshot from within a very fast movement rather than a static pose which lends an impressive element to this image of her training.


Steve Argyle - Legend of the Five Rings release - #191
The Dead of Winter Tamori Wotan Experienced, card # 30/166
This is the first of five illustrations for the The Dead of Winter expansion for the Legend of the Five Rings CCG.  Empire at War was released in January 2011.  Like the previous set, Empire at War, all of the cards Steve illustrated in this set were new art.
This card is a rare and is available both as a foil and as a non-foil.
I have not been able to locate a higher resolution image of this artwork.

Steve Argyle - Legend of the Five Rings release - #191

The Dead of Winter Tamori Wotan Experienced, card # 30/166

This is the first of five illustrations for the The Dead of Winter expansion for the Legend of the Five Rings CCG.  Empire at War was released in January 2011.  Like the previous set, Empire at War, all of the cards Steve illustrated in this set were new art.

This card is a rare and is available both as a foil and as a non-foil.

I have not been able to locate a higher resolution image of this artwork.

The Dead of Winter Hida Tokido, card # 15/166
This card is from the The Dead of Winter expansion for the Legend of the Five Rings CCG.  Empire at War was released in January 2011.
This card was illustrated by Jason Engle but is miscredited to Steve Argyle.

The Dead of Winter Hida Tokido, card # 15/166

This card is from the The Dead of Winter expansion for the Legend of the Five Rings CCG.  Empire at War was released in January 2011.

This card was illustrated by Jason Engle but is miscredited to Steve Argyle.

Steve Argyle - work included in Spectrum 17

Spectrum is an annual peer-reviewed art compilation.  Spectrum 17, published on November 1, 2010, is the second of many consecutive times that Steve Argyle has had submitted work appear in its pages.

Steve’s illustration for Guul Draz Vampire, copyright Wizards of the Coast from 2009, appears in the book.

Steve Argyle - STAR WARS Galaxies - release #20
The Price of Victory Krix Swiftshadow #161/165
The Price of Victory is the seventh and final expansion set for the online trading card game STAR WARS Galaxies by SONY Online Entertainment, released on December 14, 2010.  This is an online-only game and there are no physical copies of the cards.  The game is no longer supported, having been shut down on December 15, 2011.  Screen shots of the card images are difficult to locate.
This is the last of the three pieces Steve illustrated for The Price of Victory and marks the end of the pieces that Steve made for the Star Wars Galaxies game.
Steve’s wallpaper file for this artwork can be found on his website.
Steve is not entirely kind regarding the design of the character, but claims that his version is an improvement.
I am reminded of this definition from tvtropes:  “Zeerust: the particular kind of datedness which afflicts things that were originally designed to look futuristic." —The Meaning of Liff
Star Wars, dating back to the mid-1970s, has this kind of thing all over the place and that design methodology remains in much of the expanded universe.  As such, I can’t say much about the design of this character’s appearance more than simply agree with Steve.  What I can say is that Steve’s rendering and lighting are superb.

Steve Argyle - STAR WARS Galaxies - release #20

The Price of Victory Krix Swiftshadow #161/165

The Price of Victory is the seventh and final expansion set for the online trading card game STAR WARS Galaxies by SONY Online Entertainment, released on December 14, 2010.  This is an online-only game and there are no physical copies of the cards.  The game is no longer supported, having been shut down on December 15, 2011.  Screen shots of the card images are difficult to locate.

This is the last of the three pieces Steve illustrated for The Price of Victory and marks the end of the pieces that Steve made for the Star Wars Galaxies game.

Steve’s wallpaper file for this artwork can be found on his website.

Steve is not entirely kind regarding the design of the character, but claims that his version is an improvement.

I am reminded of this definition from tvtropes:  “Zeerust: the particular kind of datedness which afflicts things that were originally designed to look futuristic."
The Meaning of Liff

Star Wars, dating back to the mid-1970s, has this kind of thing all over the place and that design methodology remains in much of the expanded universe.  As such, I can’t say much about the design of this character’s appearance more than simply agree with Steve.  What I can say is that Steve’s rendering and lighting are superb.

steveargyle:

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted a finished painting.  Since I can’t stand waiting for publishers to finally release/preview what I’ve been doing for the last year, here’s a little something to keep me sane.


This was posted by Steve on January 7, 2014.  There is no name given.  This eBay auction of a playmat bearing the same art identifies the artwork as “Akodo Kobe.”
There is no hit for a search of this name on Oracle of the Void, the official L5R card database.  Perhaps it will be in the next expansion, The Coming Storm, due out May 26, 2014.

steveargyle:

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted a finished painting.  Since I can’t stand waiting for publishers to finally release/preview what I’ve been doing for the last year, here’s a little something to keep me sane.

This was posted by Steve on January 7, 2014.  There is no name given.  This eBay auction of a playmat bearing the same art identifies the artwork as “Akodo Kobe.”

There is no hit for a search of this name on Oracle of the Void, the official L5R card database.  Perhaps it will be in the next expansion, The Coming Storm, due out May 26, 2014.