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Serra Angel
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Published: July 25, 2011
© 2011 - 2019 DouglasShuler
Serra Angel is my most Iconic "Magic: The Gathering" card. Even though she's been repainted several times by other artists, I still receive dozens of the original cards to sign each week. When asked to create a new version of her for a playmat, I jumped at the chance to re-make the image with a wider angle.

It's all digital this time, and won't appear as a card... but after 20 years, she's still flying around my studio.
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TLadyJessica's avatar
TLadyJessicaEdited |Professional General Artist
A beautiful angel indeed! And, an iconic Magic card for sure. I always thought the Serra Angel was cool in Magic, and this image is very well done, quite breathtakingly lovely, and suitably epic. Love the outfit she's wearing too! It is just so beautiful, feminine, and cute... but also elegant and well-suited for an angel character to be wearing. Great work! :)
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MedronPryde's avatar
This is beautiful.

I remember having this card when I played Magic a long time ago.  I gave it up when I got out of Magic and have regretted giving up that card ever since.  I've never seen it again, and was actually beginning to doubt if it was real or my imagination that none of the Serra Angels I've seen since didn't look right.

Now I know.  This is the first Serra Angel I played.  Thank you for letting me see her again.  :)
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DouglasShuler|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the supporting comments :)
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Varkyle's avatar
Thank you very much for drawing and bringing Serra Angel back from the days I've played "Magic the Gathering" 3rd edition her image to this day is still very iconic. I was hoping there was a full body drawn image of her of the 3rd edition card. But this shall do for now. Thank you again!
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Mornmist's avatar
That is a very awesome re-interpretation!
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rmslover's avatar
You should work with the guys at Inked playmats to turn some of your original art into playmats. Magic Artist RK Post (Morphling) has a bunch of his pieces as playmats there,

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DouglasShuler|Professional Digital Artist
I just sent them a request. We'll see what comes of it.
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L3M35|Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe it's nostalgia, but i still prefer the original =D
Besides, you did a great work on basic lands, specially Mirage islands and Tempest forests, my favorites of all times (at least while i was playing, until 2001...)
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profutur1971|Professional General Artist
Beautiful image ! Good job ! Lights, render and sensuality ! The women are amazing ![link]
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Cadrac's avatar
I've always preferred your original Serra Angel over all of the other interpretations that have been created since.
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DouglasShuler|Professional Digital Artist
I'm actually working on a new version of Serra. A full poster. I'll be able to show it soon.
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mr-bigmouth-502's avatar
Serra Angel is such a classic card :D
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deoris|Hobbyist Photographer
Always one of my favorite cards - and images. Lovely in any form!
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TheSilverCrow's avatar
Serra Angel in any of the versions is awesome she is one of my fave cards she ties for first in my book with Iona, Shield Of emeria keep up the good work
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narray's avatar
i love the Pic, i have unlimited ed one and your signed mat painting you released a few years back. keep up the good work!
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arcanis999|Hobbyist Photographer
I'm a MTG player for over 10 years - and the Serra Angel is definitely very memorable!
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MattGambo's avatar
It's simlply MAGNIFICENT Mr.Shuler!

I'm playing Magic the Gathering since 1994, and the Serra Angel is still one of my favourites!
I really hope to see a new draw for the Serra Angel, one that will keep alive that feeling of hope and beauty that was one of her best feature.

My thanks for your work.
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DouglasShuler|Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I'd be more than thrilled to do more MAGIC cards.
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SunGryphon|Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit I didn't realize that was you! That's freaking awesome! The original is still my favorite :D
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DouglasShuler|Professional Digital Artist
Good to hear. I guess this piece has caused a little controversy as people claim it isn't the real Serra... but I'm not sure how that's possible since I did the first version. :)
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SunGryphon|Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I don't understand that. Anyone can look at the original card and see your name on it O_o
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Lonely-Lion700|Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely beautiful. I have an angel deck I play witb almost exclusively and Serra angel is still my favorite card ever. I even based my tattoo off of serra angel. Again this is just beautiful. Many thanks for sharing :-)
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DouglasShuler|Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear you like it. Serra Angel has been updated so many times, that I like hearing when the original is still remembered.
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Unsovled-1's avatar
Really? This is your card? Lol it's saved me sooo much!
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