alternate mtg art

I hope this still falls into the category of speed painting, I took a bit longer to refine this one (2.5 hours). 

While environmentals have been a ton of fun to create and practice with, I feel like I need to keep the ability to render characters honed. It’s really easy to get caught up in drawing mountains and forget how to paint wings and faces - at least from my experience. XD Does anyone else have the problem of degeneration? Use it or lose it?

The character depicted here is Sharuum, the Hegemon, a sphinx from the Magic: the Gathering universe. There’s so much more I would have loved to do with this, but isn’t that a constant problem with speed paintings? C’est la vie.

Comments, critiques, and shares are awesome! But not as awesome as you. ;>


Magic: the Gathering - Magic 2015 CLASH PACKS

A two-player product, the Clash Pack contains two sixty-card decks designed to be played against each other. It’s a great way to introduce new players to Magic. And it also comes with six premium foil cards with alternative art.

• Two ready-to-play sixty-card decks
•  Six premium cards with alternative art
•  Deck box
•  Strategy insert
•  Magic rules reference card
MSRP: $29.99

Let’s have a looky-loo at those six alternate art foil cards that come in the Clash Pack - we’ve also provided the ‘normal’ printing below for comparison - Fated Intervention, Font of Fertility, Hydra Brookmaster, Prognostic Sphinx, Temple of Mystery and Prophet of Kruphix.

An hour went into the original version of this.. but it was so off, I had to take an extra 30 minutes to refine the picture. For you. ;> 

This is another recreation of the original Zendikar fetch lands from Magic: the Gathering. Raymond Swanland’s art for Arid Mesa was impossible to beat, but I did my best to put something new and original together. :D 

Even if I had a bit of extra time to refine this piece, I know there’s some things that need work. Do you have any comments or critiques for my rendition on Arid Mesa? Share the image with your friends if you dig hedrons! (Feel free to do so either way, really)

Chinese alternate MTG arts (highlights)

“Magic has been available around the world since the mid-90’s, but it has only been available in Mainland China recently. Communist China has state-run media, and for whatever reason, they found certain images in MTG objectionable - mostly images of Religious, Sexual, or Violent acts, and images of Skeletons. To meet the needs of mainland China, Wizards commissioned new or altered artwork for many cards that depict Skeletons, scantily clad women, or people kneeling in prayer.” – Squt

Totally different art

Coffin Puppets (Prophecy)

Assassin’s Blade (Portal)

Raise Dead (Portal)

Wicked Pact (Portal)

Vampiric Feast (Portal)

Urborg Skeleton (Invasion)

Adjusted art

Unworthy Dead with some flesh on their bones (Urza’s Saga)

Skeletal Vampire wrapped in rags (Guildpact)

Roofstalker Wight with a hood (Ravnica: City of Guilds) 

Other examples: link 1, link 2, link 3.

I think I’ve finally hit a speed painting that I’m not happy with. 

The goal was to create alternate art for the Magic: the Gathering card, Verdant Catacombs. Originally the idea was way cooler in my head. I’m going to have to take another stab at the subject matter, as I feel I didn’t do my idea justice. But that’s the beauty of speedpainting. My hour spent on this was an hour of learning, practicing, and figuring out what not to do. Bleh. I hope you guys find something useful in this piece as well. 

Have any specific inclinations as to what might have gone wrong with this piece? Throw comments and critiques my way, and I’ll be sure to use them towards the next painting. Sharing is always fantastic as well!