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MTG:Duels of the Planeswalkers by Cryptcrawler MTG:Duels of the Planeswalkers by 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!
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BUtifulDeath Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
Yours is one of my favorite pieces for Sorin Markov. Hands Down.
GodKingErebus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
Amazing stuff you got
leedarhed Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Axe, Invoker, Lina, Crystal Maiden and Anti Mage :)
Sphinx117 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inspirational work!
Agent-Dex2 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ya go Jace
wnter06 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
jacquesflux Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
victter-le-fou Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just amazing. Flawless work.
mastervicio Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just awesome!!!!
duelfacades Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
artstrac Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Very nice work.
calicokatt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist 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!
muslingstone Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
jgwogjoThisposterisatJaxcardsinglesI'veseenit. I love finding artists for movie and game developments on DA xD This is great.
IronNarwhal Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
I saw this on a big board in the Pink Gorilla! :happybounce:
nuevemonos Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Truly impressive work! And that humble makes you better and better artist. Thanks for sharing!! ;)
Treymont75 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Love it :)
mjoygoddess Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional 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 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
One of my favorite artworks from MTG.
You did an amazing job!
booflesnazzer Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have the sleeves with this illustration on the back! Got my FNM deck sleeved up in those! Great work!
huzzain Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful work
dankelby Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely insane, my man! :D
bybyhime Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Artist
beatiful .....soooo perfect
Ernandesnaninho Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Seu trabalho muito bom!
Gadgetsmith Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Did you base the guy up front on Bruce Willis?
iatemypencils Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is massive!
AltharielNumenesse Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Sorin ** I play Magic and my Duel Cards is all vampires :) jijiji
WhiteDog293 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
wow what kind of computer specs did you need to complete this? My rig would've had a seizure for sure. great job sir! You're technique is one to be envied.
2621370 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
WillWorks Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011   General Artist
Nice work. :o

So what do you use for resources and references in making these? You have a lot of fine detail in your work.
BlackmirageZero Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorin, Jace, shandra and Garruk... but who the hell is the main character ? where is my white Ajani ?
XantyLeonhart Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Is it me... or the guy in the middle is Bruce Willis? O_o
Gadgetsmith Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I Thought the same thing!
Ultima-Griever Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Gideon Jura.
Psychologic-Maniac Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WolfMoonRising Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Writer
Amazing character detail, dramatic pose, and love the use of color.
squiffel Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
That looks like an incredible amount of hardwork... amazing, so impressed that you managed to produce such high quality with such a large canvas
vindicator89 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Outstanding... very good job!
Angreumachmor Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
ha ha ha you! i read a thing in a magazine i think it may have been imaginefx...maybe... about how his armor made you wanna fake your own death... good oneXD anyhow amazing work, keep it up!
Josic Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
yeah, Jeremy is ace, and he obviously pushed you over the limits....Great work, some of the best! How long did it take?
turnerfan99 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, just wow....
edwardthegreat1 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awe inspiring!
StillDormant Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
So I bought the local (electronic) gaming magazine (in South Africa) and saw this picture in one of the advert covers.

And promptly had a geeky freakout.

Just thought to share :)
HeySerdna Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
:wow: that is epic
jianhan111 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome job! 2nd fav artist hehe. Realized that you did not shade the area below the cloth above his chest. Maybe its just me hehe.
tatterpillar Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Fantastic piece! Makes a great playmat :)
ducphamduy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
I appreciated this painting . I like the way you use lighting, that's making it truly epic feeling
XtreamCrazy Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks absolutely incredible. The attention to detail specifically is astounding. I like all your lighting effects, especially in relation to the fire-woman. Incredible stuff!
martyshoes87 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
this is pretty epic. good job
Wolfzero-kun Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student General Artist
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