Tezzeret is a planeswalker who wields blue magic. His specialty is artifice: spells that forge artifacts, manipulate artifacts, and even bring artifacts to life.
Tezzeret was a talented artificer from the Alara shard of Esper. Like all Esperites, he has part of his body "enhanced" by the magical alloy etherium, part of an overarching planar venture to create perfection of both body and mind.
Tezzeret became an initiate of a mage sect called the Seekers of Carmot in order to gain access to the Codex Etherium, a sacred tome the sect claims to have in its possession. When he intruded into the sanctum of the Seekers, he uncovered truths that others didn't want him to find, and he found himself trapped in a conspiracy much larger than himself.
Card art for the Innistrad set of Magic: The Gathering. The trickiest issue with this piece was that the magic was to be dark purple. Usually magic is portrayed as bright and glowing which makes it show up well but dark magic requires a light background to show up so it took some balancing before the value scheme worked. The character designs were wide open so it was fun creating them.
One of several cards that I had the pleasure of illustrating for the 2012 Magic the Gathering Core Set.
You can go here to learn all about it and see some of the amazing art in the image gallery: [link] It was a great change of pace to be able to do a still life, inanimate object but still try to give it life and warmth. Hopefully I delivered on it.