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MtG: Safehold Duo by IzzyMedrano MtG: Safehold Duo by IzzyMedrano
This was actually the last of my first wave set of cards for Magic the Gathering by Wizards of the Coast. I did some four or five cards, and I'll upload em all when i can get around to it. Since then, I've been working for them pretty much constantly, on a freelance basis. I imagine I've done maybe twenty cards by now. I haven't counted.. lol Sweet money! I think seven or so are actually publicly available now.

This one was a hell of a challenge at the time. I had no idea how to depict the threat, and camaraderie... too much storytelling for my wee brain at the time. I wrote it off as a failure, but it appears to be one of the more popular ones of the first set.
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arschpo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
:headbang: :stupidme::stupidme::stupidme::stupidme:  :squee::squee: Great Artwork :squee::squee:   :stupidme::stupidme: Amazing :stupidme::stupidme::stupidme::stupidme:  :stupidme:
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Librarium-Studios Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Me grindin at the club
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Aethersess Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
cool
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AdanFlores Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Jejeje strange things happen, i found this work in the Red Engine deviant and nobody comments and only one fave, but here...... woooow. Cool work!!
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Hahaha, thanks man!
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Copheina Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
@_@
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boc0 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great job on the colors and dynamics, man!
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0olong Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010   General Artist
Heh... the guy on the left reminds me a lot of Tank Girl's kangaroo lover, whose name escapes me.
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chlove-art Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Damn, I just love the elf lookin guy. great movements and color!
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guillegarcia Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I would kill (or pay haha) for watching u doing this and more illustrations you've done..I'm trying so hard to have a better finnish in my works and to have a more realistic style...but I don't know if i'm doing well!

well I hope u're okay! awesome work, by the way =) I love the concept and the guy is awesome...casting all that magic shields in the air =D
cya!
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bretmann900 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
woah! magic artist/drawer person. cool.
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nateeka Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
me and my boyfriend give this card to each other from time to time to symbolize our love and how we can get through anything. it usually accompanies a thimble.
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jcpahl Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Sooo good. The facial expressions especially, just great. You convey the camaraderie perfectly.
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TheRedCrow Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
Damn, misspelt stoicism :P
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TheRedCrow Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
Wow, I'm glad I found this piece. I can't believe you thought it a failure! I love everything about this card. In fact, it's honestly my favourite artwork in all of Shadowmoor. I only wish I had a good deck to use Safehold Duo.

What I really love about it is the emotion displayed by the elves. This card stands out for me from all the other elf cards because these elves show more than sullen, battle-hardened stoisism or blank-faced meditation or oblivious worldly reflection. For once the art rather than the flavour text displays elves' affection for each other. That, and the elf on the right having a good time in battle are such rare sights that I'll never forget Safehold Duo.

You've done a top job.
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Ayamteksa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm intrigued. How did you enter to Wizards of the Coast?


By the way I have that card It's one of my favorites.
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Artist
Just sent them an email with some work attached. They contacted me for a gig a bit after!

Thanks for diggin my card!
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Ayamteksa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
OH! That sounds easy but it's not. I need to crate first a portfolio with extensive art. That's a start, thank you very much for helping me.
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irismuddy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Professional Filmographer
your technique looks amazing
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MevTheDreamer Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008   Digital Artist
I always admired the artwork of the card. I could be a sucker for those back-to-back battle/teamwork images.

Never noticed the taunting expression of the warrior elf. Very nice piece overall.
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Rotzooi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
your amazing!...a totally inspiration
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jarod1872 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
That's awesome man. Great work. Wish I played magic so I could have a geeky excuse to get my hands on one of those. :)
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radu-jm Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great work!
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
Great poses and special fx! Amazing paintwork.
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EvieLevens Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
I. love. this. SO. much :+favlove:
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Kimagu Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
So, that's great!
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NotedStrangePerson Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
I particularly like the one on the left. This is fucking awesome.
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kookybat Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Drawing for card games is like, my dream job. I hate you. I don't know how to describe how awesome this is! All I can say is DAMN YOU--- er, I mean, YAY Izzy! :D
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NGArt Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
love it man, great fan of your art:))
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Mikit-Yorinao Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
You illustrate magic cards? O_O That's awesome! I love looking at those.
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Twistmyflesh Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Professional
Nicely done. The male looks like Marilyn Manson.
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TheSecretAzNMan3o3 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Holy crap. He does!
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rubbadub Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
:clap:
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m1923 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
this is really cool~
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nekoconco Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist
i love how she looks devilish but he looks distressed
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Quazzie Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Here's a dumb question for ya:

How do you decide on poses? Is it something you work out along the way, have an idea set in stone before you begin, or what? I'm very curious.

Thanks in advance :):horns:
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Professional Artist
I tend to be pretty fluid in it. I'll have an idea, and as I go, if it isn't working, I'll start over.
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AIR-EEL Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing!
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Clasm Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Hey, I was just wondering, what is the proccess for becoming an artist for Wizards?
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:iconizzymedrano:
IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Professional Artist
I sent them a link to my website. They liked it. I work for them. ^_^
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Clasm Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Also, sorry to bug you with questions...
One more! Does Wizards give you an assignment that you make sketches to get approved? Or do you just paint and let them pluck from your collection of paintings?

Very interesting poses for these two! Interesting composition as well =)
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Artist
They assign you a card, and you do original sketches and final paintings for it.
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Clasm Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
I like how you chose to have them put your name as "Izzy" on the credit for the cards =)
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Artist
Heheheh. Well, it's my name. Makes sense to me!
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Nerahla Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what the hell race is that? bizarre! But I don't play MtG.
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eduardokatsumoto Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
I love this composition... very interesting.
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annumsooy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
[link]

That's a list of your cards that have come out.
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finnchick Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your understanding of colour boggles me.
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IzzyMedrano Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Professional Artist
:heart:
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capprotti Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
Congrats man! That is definitely a sweet gig. Still trying to get work from them to no avail :( One day... one day :P Good stuff! Can't wait to see more.
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