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Hey everybody!
This is an illustration :iconjanaschi: and me did together for Magic: The Gathering's upcoming M12 core set. The card this is for is actually crazy strong O__O
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MysticalSkeleton Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like a lot of the weird and gross creatures in MTG, like the Eldrazi and such, but this art is one I always come back to. I think if I had to pick a favorite all time art from the game, this one would be it. If there's a print out there somewhere of this, I think I'd buy it. It's just absolutely great
Lost-One-60 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018
Very lovely work.
Wolfgang-Blaine Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I only just now learned that this wast hosted on DeviantArt, and had to come leave a comment. This is by far one of the most evocative and inspiring pieces of art I've ever seen. Never before have I been moved to tears by the sheer strength of hope and determination that a piece invoked in me. I just wanted to throw my hat in and praise such a beauty!
fahzbehn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Professional General Artist
I know this is *years* after it came out, but this is still one of my favorite pieces of Magic art.  Are prints available?
TechLifeSilicon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017
You're sooo right HalfLucan....Just happened to me.  So Powerful and beautiful of a card that I had to stop Duels and look it up
HalfLucan Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
This is the card that everyone pauses to see before i destroy them with it xD
Thank you (and Janaschi) for my favorite card
Bullshitnc Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016
Hey is there anyway to buy this as a print?? I whish I could :(
Schyte96 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
May i ask who is on the the art? (if its a named character). Because it reminds me of Thalia which of cours would be the sickest seeing into the future considering when this was made.
moosa17 Featured By Owner May 28, 2016
Fantastic art... my girlfriend destroyed me with this card. o_o
Dobrinin1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wesson87 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best Art ever printed in MTG. You are truly gifted in ways others could only dream of.
Dillek Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful! I definitely love it!
Luxial Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Angelic Destiny by Alpenfleger is a masterpiece painted using the media Photoshop. At first glance, it’s the beautiful, ethereal lighting on the grass that sets your attention: the sun bathing on the grass swaying in the wind, leading up to the heroine’s glowing boots and gauntlets which allow the eyes to then slowly and tastefully ease in on the character’s flowing cape and then finally her face and hair, then finally as the whole character herself. She is holding onto a sword with her right hand raised and hair swirling in the wind, illuminated by the sun’s rays. Her confident grasp and body posture matches perfectly with her strong, yet solemn expression. Her armour glints in the right places; whether partially illuminated by rays of light from the sun or from the reflected light of the grass and sits well on her body as a whole. The proportions matches with the perspective: like the camera in the setting is resting on the grass, pointed slightly upwards. The church behind her is stunning with the beautiful architecture and colourful stained glass, yet not too vibrant with colour so as it does not take away the main subject of the painting; the heroine wielding a silver blade.  On the glass behind her perfectly positions white, angelic wings that matches and justifies the title; Angelic Destiny, a creative way of giving her wings without spoiling the image with too many complications and compositions. The purple lavender and its loose swirling petals along with small white flowers contrast well with the grass, making sure the audiences’ eyes won’t get tired of an abundance of green by colouring the palette with dots of other colours. The lighting is amazing and fully utilises its ability as an attraction to the eye and pleasantly guides the eyes around wonderful details prevalent in the painting. Not only does it serve its purpose as a visual guide, the lighting is also impeccable in that it all makes sense. Every highlighted place has an explanation and correct correlation with each other, such as  the domino of light from the sun’s rays onto the grass that then reflects itself upon her boots and then her armor. The shadows in this painting flow around the character in an almost circular manner, continuing to single the heroine out as the main point of interest in the painting. The darkness around the edges and background prevents the eyes from overloading with information from detail, allowing the picture to have a central focal point for a more aesthetically pleasing image. All other details, like the skies in the background are all blurred to some degree in order to once again prevent the eyes from wandering and zoning out. Improvements to this painting may be for there to be less flying petals and to minimalise the banners flying on the sides of the sides of the church in order to reduce visual noise. This will make the picture cleaner and less chaotic, which therefore makes it more aesthetically pleasing on the eyes

All in all, is a beautiful, incredibly thought out piece filled with colour and ethereal lighting.

Iamveryfast Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The flowers, i love the flowers
UNIesque Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014   Digital Artist
Your lighting is so inspiring~! ^^
Kleptoid Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
loved that card, had a playset
cbmangaka Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
my fav card <3
Briannabater Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
Nylean Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Ya...this picture evokes strong emotions of hatred, since it means I'm going to lose the game of Magic when my opponent plays this card. Awesome artwork tho, worthy of the card fo' sho'
dudgus2429 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Elainuar Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful colors and beautiful technique
laWlsARTstuff Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
^_^ love the wings in the background. great idea and well executed overall. 
spiralsun1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Amazing and emotion-invoking. Best stuff ever. Need to make print for this so I can hang on my wall...
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Belle image ! Bon travail ! Félicitations !
BOOM8293 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
theLadyRez Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Very beautiful and breath-taking. The highlights and shadows are awesome. The angle is cool too :D.
HentaiBishonen Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
amaizing O.o
Bigorns Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
A friend of mine is been using this illustration as his wallpaper since the day he put his eyes on it. The art is beautiful, and the card is amazing!
Hodoku Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Wait, do you actually play magic? :O
LEd-The-Fullmetalkid Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm's so pretty
Quarksmaster Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
One of the best.
sumit92x Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
brilliant work. Keep it up!
AliceVII Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm speechless
WilliamTRausch Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wait. Did I actually manage to stumble upon one of the artists for MTG? Wow. O.o
RokalDragonHeart Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Omg your art is above all my favorite for MTG. As for this particular beauty of a Mythic Rare, I recently put it in a (kind of a joke) enchantment deck focussed around buffing Goats. 4/4 Angel Goat with flying go! Next turn, Eldrazi Conscription!

Again, thank you for being so amazing!
Aka-Riyad8 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
ubergeekgear Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Do you have prints for this? I'd love one. Thanks!
Thyressarexus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Just played this card two hours ago. Saved my ass. Twice.
HellknightLeon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Just love the art and love the card. MTG has some of the best art in the world.
Saku-dono Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I love using Angelic Destiny and it makes me happy to finally thank the Artist(s) for this lovely card. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you ^__^
TepesValerius Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
not to mention pawns :)

Still the card cant stand up to the epic artwork
CainCainn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Love the pose! :)
gir-rocks-socks85 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
And thus Mirran Crusader met his bestest freind ever.
Ryzou Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! That's beautiful!
will105 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Angelic Destiny is like the best creature enchantment ever!!!!!
divinearchangel7 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love this card and image. I pull it out my deck and instantly recognise it. So beautiful <3
Sebasstian12 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
This is both my favorite card and my favorite illustration. It was my first Mythic card. I only own 2, so I should buy more... say, maybe 17.
Edryadel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
dillon01 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love it !!
deliriou599 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
i really like the lighting in this!
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