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MTG:Duels of the Planeswalkers
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Published: March 11, 2011
© 2011 - 2019 Cryptcrawler
Advertising art for Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 and for the Magic the Gathering Core Set.

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You can find out all about it and get the official wallpaper here: [link]
From there you can take a spin around Magic Daily and see all kinds of cool stuff for the game like spoiler cards, funny and informative articles and events.

LOTS of incredible art on some of these cards, its just so exciting to be apart of it!

This was without question THE toughest piece ive illustrated yet.
For starters this is at about 40-50% of the original image size, i.e. lifesize. If you brought it up to 100% your head would be the same size in relation to the characters.

Also I couldn't use any cinematic trickery for this; no dutch-tilt on the camera or super dynamic angled poses - just a straight ahead, full-body character piece.

I totally underestimated how hard stuff like this truely is and I can honestly say I learned more about my weaknesses working on just this piece alone than I have in the past 3 years.

Ok, thats enough navel gazing.

I know I say this everytime but Im honestly humbled by the interest you all show for my art and the warm notes you send me.
The demands on my time now are more than I ever dreamed and its tough for me to get to all the comments like I used to, but I WILL get to them - just give me a few months grace period heh!

Ok, now to throw a bone to all you lovable, crazy tech-heads:

Image specs and Legal stuff

- I cannot provide any more information in relation to these characters/creatures/effects/items, im legally bound by a NDA.
- I cannot give you permission to use these characters in any way, they are the property of wizards of the coast

Programs used: Photoshop 7
Resolution: @550 DPI

References: I dont use photos or create brushes using photos, the work is hand drawn and if I get stuck i'll try and find a photo that has the part I need to look at so the hand-drawn result is more accurate.

Design and Concept: I did not design these characters, I was asked to re-imagine them based on character sheets and style guides outlined by Wizards of the Coast.

Art Direction: Jeremy Jarvis, without doubt one of the coolest guys ive met in the industry to date. This guy really KNOWS his stuff and has been instrumental in my growth over the past year.

Thanks for coming by the gallery!
Image size
2500x2140px 2.91 MB
Adobe Photoshop 7.0
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BUtifulDeathProfessional General Artist
Yours is one of my favorite pieces for Sorin Markov. Hands Down.
GodKingErebus's avatar
Amazing stuff you got
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leedarhedHobbyist Digital Artist
Axe, Invoker, Lina, Crystal Maiden and Anti Mage :)
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Sphinx117Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inspirational work!
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Agent-Dex2Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ya go Jace
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victter-le-fouHobbyist Digital Artist
Just amazing. Flawless work.
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mastervicioHobbyist Traditional Artist
just awesome!!!!
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calicokattHobbyist Traditional Artist
...YOU did this??? WOW!!! I love this picture! My boyfriend plays the game, and I always thought it was super awesome artwork! Awesome that this is on DeviantART! Great work!
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jgwogjoThisposterisatJaxcardsinglesI'veseenit. I love finding artists for movie and game developments on DA xD This is great.
IronNarwhal's avatar
I saw this on a big board in the Pink Gorilla! :happybounce:
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nuevemonosProfessional Digital Artist
Truly impressive work! And that humble makes you better and better artist. Thanks for sharing!! ;)
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mjoygoddessProfessional General Artist
These remind me a bit of characters in my universe.
The lighting and color are well done and the background pushes the focus of the viewer to the characters.
Good Job!
NamieDanielle's avatar
One of my favorite artworks from MTG.
You did an amazing job!
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booflesnazzerHobbyist Traditional Artist
I have the sleeves with this illustration on the back! Got my FNM deck sleeved up in those! Great work!
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huzzainHobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful work
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dankelbyStudent Digital Artist
This is absolutely insane, my man! :D
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bybyhimeStudent Artist
beatiful .....soooo perfect
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ErnandesnaninhoStudent Traditional Artist
Seu trabalho é muito bom!
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