Here's my full painting for the C18 Aura token! It was a lot trickier than it looks since it had to show both a mask and the resulting aura, in a way that made sense. And then I also wanted to incorporate the butterfly/rorschach motifs... but on a lion? It's a simple illustration but it was pretty challenging!
I tried to give the clouds a sort of spiral shape to pull the whole thing together. And the rocks are inspired by the local sandstone in South West Germany. Chossy but pretty, in real life at least!
Either way I make my own tokens too, checkem! www.patreon.com/johannesvoss
Hey all! Super excited to be able to finally share this painting for Estrid, the Masked. She's my first Planeswalker and I was stoked to not only get to paint her, but also her accompanying spells and aura, and, most importantly, completely design her from scratch.
Being an enbantress, I wanted the overall design motifs to reflect both her ability to change things, and her color identity, which led me to the butterfly/rorschach motifs. I also wanted a female personality, rather than another iteration of the hot action girl that's too often the "strong" female character in mainstream entertainment - so she's a bit older, barefeet, pretty short haired and hopefully wise and enigmatic without "sexy" enigmatic (which I thought didn't really fit here). Mark Winters and Kelly Digges were a huge help with their art direction.
The environment was a change for me - I usually make no distinction between the figures I paint and the scenery they're in, and try to make it feel as immersive as possible, but here I wanted the surroundings to feel otherworldly and perhaps a bit disconnected - a bit more like an illusion that she builds, rather than a candid shot of her in a real world.
If you're interested in prints of this, or any of my other paintings (yes, even Gift of Orzhova), I just launched a Kickstarter! www.kickstarter.com/projects/a…