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Card art for Magic the Gathering War of the Spark. Art direction by Dawn Murin.  So I tried to record the process on this set but I recorded it all off center so I won't be uploading it to YouTube. I will be uploading little segments to Instagram though if you want to see them.
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This was such a neat cycle of cards(The red one sucks like usual though). We got to see all the guilds get paired up according to Shards, and that was cool. I hope next tiem they do the tarkir wedges. Was the design of blending the two guild symbols already created or did you have to figure out how to combine them?
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Thanks! They let me brainstorm some ways for the symbols to combine. I came up with about 5 options. End the end they wanted the design that was most like both symbols just on top of each other. My other ideas revolved around it creating a symbol that was it's own thing of combining the dragon,spider and eye motifs. I also wasn't too sure about this 2D symbol forming in the air so I created an option where the symbol had depth so the dragon head in the air was like a literal dragon head floating in the air,etc.
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Oh that's cool. I know WotC has in house artists who do the style guides and stuff. So I was wondering if this was an asset you were handed or what. But that's cool that you got to figure it out for yourself. I like the idea of handing in a bunch of different styles and letting them pick. That's the benefit of digital art. :D

Hmmm Are you allowed to post alrernate versions of art, like those different versions? I'd love to see what could have been. Even if they're rough and unfinished. Its cool seeing that behind the scenes stuff.
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They were just rough sketches but I posted a vid on my twitter. Here is the link twitter.com/i/status/111685146…
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Huh. For some reason I have to be logged into Twitter to view this. And I decided to delete my twitter because it was driving me crazy. people are so awful on twitter. So I can't see it. :(
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That is real weird, I've never had to log in to see tweets. I'm off to a convention now but I'll make sure to post it here to scraps or something when I get the chance.
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Thanks Joe.

Hope you had fun at the Con. :wave:
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I want this as a buyable print here on DeviantArt.
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So a lot of people have been asking for prints so I made it an item in my store. It will be up for the next 48 hrs. If you can't jump in during that time I will still have copies at convention appearances and tournaments. joeslucher.squarespace.com/pro…
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Unfortunately I haven't been happy with DA's prints. I have signed full bleed 11x14 prints though. I mostly just sell prints at conventions but if you'd like one of these and you live in the United States you can go to joeslucher.com and click the "Donate" button at the bottom and send $35 with your address and a mention of Bond of Insight.
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Dimir and Izzet teaming up...yeah, nothing good's going to come from this.
Excellent piece.
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