Cynthia Sheppard is a fantasy illustrator from Seattle, Washington, who specializes in creating figurative art for video and tabletop games as well as books. She is creates both digital works and oil paintings on paper and on boards. Sheppard has had work published in ImagineFX and Spectrum 17, and has worked with Zynga, Sinister Adventures, and Wizards of The Coast, where she works as Art Director.
Cynthia Sheppard has been creating artwork for books and games since the mid-2000’s. Her particular brand of illustration is inspired by a blend of late 19th century realist painting and modern fantasy art, with a focus on emotional resonance and visual storytelling.
Cynthia has been working as an art director for Magic: The Gathering since February 2015, and continues to work on personal projects in her home studio. She also spends lots of time oil painting and drinking coffee at The Conservatory in Seattle, Washington.
She likes to lie and say that her best ideas happen over a glass of red wine and good conversation, but they really come to her in the shower, just like everybody else.
“I’ve recently relocated from Virginia to the greater Seattle, WA area! Currently, I’m working full time as an art director for Magic: The Gathering at Wizards of the Coast, in addition to illustrating in the fantasy book and game industry.”