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Magic the Gathering: Dryad Arbor by Cryptcrawler Magic the Gathering: Dryad Arbor by Cryptcrawler
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So what the hell are you supposed to do when you've been commissioned to illustrate something peaceful and tranquil, but you've only got dripping, black horror running through your brain 24-7?

I'm glad you asked.
You suck it up, break out that old Enya CD you thought no one knew about and crank Orinoco fucking Flow at ear-bleeding decibals til you get it done, son!

Released as a spoiler over at the MTG Forums for a future From The Vault series:…

Words have meaning. I read every comment and I always look forward to getting them; thank you so much for your interest in my art, I hope I continue to earn it.

God bless,

Art Director: The one and only Jeremy Jarvis
Copyright Wizards Of The Coast LLC
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BrandonLoucksArt Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! This is amazing! I like the atmospheric look and all the little details. Great job with the lighting too!
Iliamarie2001 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this piece and your Enya CD is a great method to get it done! Beautiful work!!!
WinnieFawn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017
There is so much detail to take in at the forefront of the image; then when your eyes shift back you are drawn in again. It's like reading two stories at the same time.- honestly I completely missed the couple at first glance but it adds a lot to the moment. Stunning!
IroniaWhite Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Frozenomad Featured By Owner May 29, 2016
HAHA I dig your creative process on this one xD I didn't expect to see something like this from you, but I'm glad I did. Good thing you figured out how to make it happenOnionhead hero - onion head Atta be, man.
MBO13thXundergroundX Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so awesome I can barely find words for it, all those colours, the details, the background....just absolutely stunning...ClapI didn't even know until now that this card exists...what a shame...:o (Eek) Well, now I know and I'm hoping to get it as soon as possible...:D (Big Grin) Once again, fantastic work, a master piece...;) (Wink) 
nbusse Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
Hi, I wanted to state 3 things:
1. Awesome art for a very interesting card. Loved the perspective and details (fore- and background use)
2. I'm listening to Orinoco-fucking-Flow right now... trying to understand what you meant... and yeah, it works.
3. First time writing something to someone famous.

Again, Good Job! :D
Chibipol Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Student Artist
Hermoso! :)
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hi there! I love your work!! I was just wondering is it ok if I could share this image on the DA Seniors Instagram? (…) I will fully link and credit you of course! :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) thank you for your time!
Cryptcrawler Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Sure! Thanks for the interest, Jacqueline.
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! it was very popular! :tighthug:
GreenEyezz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
I've loved this picture you painted for the Dryad Arbor card since I first saw it while playing cards.
ProjectAnimation Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is stunning! 
Muffin91mAn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
This is one of my absolute favourite pieces of art from MTG. I am currently, desperately trying to get my hands on one of the cards, because the artwork is simply so much more beautiful than the original.

Thank you so much for this piece of work :)
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Lovely UuU
Tanice001 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
:happybounce: Heart 
Davidthedemon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist
I do love how there is A couple kissing in the background.
muck1 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Funnily enough I never realized that when on the card.

Lovely piece of work!
TheFieryLantern Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love how you illustrated the the dryads
freeman952 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
love it
Elandiela Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Great art! :)
beachelf Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
:iconthumbsupplz: Excellence!
abstractTara123 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Artist
awesome! :D keep up the great work.
Angkardian Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah Your caption cracked me up XD
Orinoco flow XD
Favourite right away :)
CouldBeYou Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Very inspiring  its great work =)
Luthilius Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Hahahaha! Love the back story. Nice Painting!
JustinGedak Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice work.
annafuru Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
very beautiful, and I like how you made the trees look like woman!^^
DanielaIvanova Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
The darkness is definitely there. The fact that it's so subtle makes it even creepier. I love the misty background and the amazing details of the tree texture to the front :love:
hysminia Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Love the colours, the textures, everything about it, but...

Did anyone else get the weird, fleeting, first impression before looking at the name of it that the man was seducing women and turning them into trees by kissing them?

Never mind me, I'm going to go sit by myself in the corner and try not to think about being turned into a tree...
ASliceOfUnagi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
And i didnt even notice that couple kissing in the card. 
pencilpirates Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist
so beautiful!
DuenasFilms Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I always said magic the gathering art belongs on gallery walls so we can appreciate the detail!
Butterwingz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Not so good. Why don't you paint all of it ?
CraigSoulsby Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ceige1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
i like reading artists' comments. reading yours above (about Enya) had me busting a gut laughing, thank you. well, whatever you had to do to dig to to get this, it worked. i think this piece is great!
iamyoursaviour Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
I thought this reprint looked great, but seeing the full art is amazing! Great job, and I love the random couple making out in the background, likely making the dryads uncomfortable (it's their arbor, go make out somewhere else).
doubtingthomas Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist
:iconshellshockedpikachu: WITNESS ONCE MORE THE POWER OF ENYA

I think this might be my favourite of all the cards you've done, along with Nin. The detail on the smaller vegetation/epiphytes/etc. is masterful. :D Glad the crank-Enya-'til-not-grimdark method worked out so well for you.

<.< *is still hanging out for Arch Enemy or Opeth or someone to do a cover of Book of Days
Hodoku Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
OH SHIT YOU DID THIS ONE TOO?! Damn man. You rule :)
SpeakingWaters Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely!!!!!
shoulda-been-a-cat Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't get over how beautiful and detailed your work is!
c-i-s-e-k Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
You can almost see the Dryads dancing to Enya. Really great work! Can't wait to see this one on an actual card.
Nex-DarkAngel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Enya so much :)
Nelsonngyn0 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful!
I've always loved the use of orange colour on green cards.
NightmareCupcake Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so pretty, love the trees 8D
DracoJane7 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Noorterling Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Fantastic work!! :)
ObscureSanctuary Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I love this. The trees are so beautiful and the figures in the background just add to the effect.
Audranasa Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
it still looks a little scary and creepy x/
raddo0 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
love it mane
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