This was part of a full mage cycle series I did for Wizards. It was really fun to do! It was my first time doing basically full on character design rather than just illustration for them. I tried to really boil down the style and feel of the different elemental types. I also had to do them all in a pretty tight time constraint, it was a challenge!
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One of the spoiler cards on display at PAX East for Magic the Gathering's "Commander" format, set to be released this summer. You can find out more about the format and see the other cool cards here at the official site: [link]
This was REALLY exciting to find out about, I had no idea that the card was going to be blown up and used as a spoiler - Good times!
Legal - I cannot provide any more information about the the character/item/effect/creature that you see here, I am legally bound by an NDA to not disclose such information. - I cannot give anyone permission in any official capacity to use the content in this image, I am not an employee of Wizards of the Coast, I am an independant contractor hired to illustrate intellectual property according to specific guidelines.
Image: - RGB Image @ 550 DPI - Usually I don't design the characters/creatures/items in the cards, im asked to re-imagine them based on Art Direction notes and rough concept art provided by the Magic the Gathering concept artists. In this case I was given extremely loose notes " ..a female vedalken wizard". So in essence I designed Nin, The Pain Artist. Believe it or not I prefer to re-imagine and illustrate the concept based on rough ideas and notes, but I had good fun with designing on this one, hopefully i'll have the the opportunity to revisit her in another card in the future.
Art Direction: Jeremy Jarvis
Many, many thanks for all the great comments and interest, it's the best part of the whole thing!
Since Fate Reforged takes place in Khans of Tarkir's past, I like to think this monk is a distant ancestor to the monk in Singing Bell Strike, Singing Bell Strike being what Pressure Point has evolved into after being passed down through the generations.
So stoked that I got to do one of the legendary dragons.
I think it's cool how when birds bank their bodies can become almost perpendicular with the ground while their heads remain stable and oriented upright, locked on to whatever it is they're looking at. I tried to replicate that here.
So there's this pokémon hydreigon, have you heard about it? = D This apparently nice girl has been messing with the dark arts, and now she's paying the price! I wonder if something messed up like this could happen with a certain dark dragon from the old west...
This is the first creature concept for Dungeons deep, and it inhabits the upper three levels of the Dungeon (primarily level 2). They prefer damp surroundings and only one or two will be encountered on the rather dry level 1.
The Lomnachs have no eyes and rely on supersensitive touch, smell, and hearing to orient themselves through the subterranean tunnels or corridors. They normally feed on rodents, lizards, spiders, fish and other small critters, but attack all moving things regardless of size.
They dislike fire, and can sense and smell the heat of it. One or two attacks with a torch may send a Lomnach away with some speed.
This creature's a true wonder of nature, it's huge and slow moving peaceful creature feeds only on grass and flowers, however the its strange body system cannot tolerate the glucose and anything sugary, and the creature then contract and squeeze its body to excrete the nectar from the many holes in the musles between the layers. The red spots on the body appears when the body builds up in the sugar level, also use to attract birds and other insects such as butterflies and bees to feed on the nectar, thus help clean the messy excretion.
"a hairy, 20-foot-tall giant with two burly forearms sprouting from each arm; a powerful, muscular body; and a mouth that splits its face vertically. It has bulbous pink eyes, yellow teeth, a long powerful inhuman tongue, and appendages covered in coarse black fur. This thing lives deep underground, an should look like its never seen the sun. It looks hungry."
*edit* some ppl mention the torso being twisted in a strange flat way so I did some revision to him, can't believe I didn't really notice it before, anyways it should be a bit more natural now
Illo for Pathfinder 11
"This is a ghostly figure bound in spectral chains. His body is wrapped in chains. His form dissipates into evil looking vapors below the waist. He looks angry and powerful, as if he's the master of the chains, not bound by them"