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Many of you might remember my last one of these "People's Choice" for the Best MTG Card of All Time, which was a lot of fun to put together and interesting to hear everyone's opinion of what they thought was 'one card to rule them all'.
I decided it was time to make another one of these and get the community together once more to share their opinion for another MTG related topic, this time I thought we'd try THE BEST ARTWORK OF ALL TIME for a MTG card.
Just like last time, we have a couple of rules...
1. Try and vote for ONE card only, if you have to pick other cards try and keep it under 3 preferences.
2. Where applicable, please try and provide a reason why you have chosen your vote.
(aesthetics - color, composition, overall beauty, coolness, how well the art conveys the idea and mechanics of the card, etc)
3. No basic land cards.
NOTE: Some preference voting may be omitted.
ALSO NOTE: You can vote for ANY card of YOUR choice - not just the ones already mentioned above.
Hero of Bladehold , and 2 Feature Tokens towards decks of your choice.
Platinum Angel , and a Feature Token towards a deck of your choice.
A Feature Token towards the deck of your choice.
... And what do I have to do to win this, you ask?
Simply +1 this "deck". Just like last time.
On the 8th of September, I will draw out the names of winners - which I will do by numbering each person accordingly to the list of users who have liked the "deck" and using this random number generator to draw out the winners.
hmmmm its hard to choose..... id have to say the FTV:R Dryad Arbor . I think it conveys that it is both a land and a creature perfectly with the human figures set in the trees of the forest. I think it looks beautiful and the artist did a great job of remaking the only land creature =)
FTV: Progenitus the art shows how massive and powerful the soul of alara is, and the symbols on his necks each representing one of the five colours is pretty awsome. Plus he looks like he's explodig out of a volcano. the art clearly shows he's on Naya (volcano: red, flatlands in the distance: white, Jungle: green). (the flavor isn't very good though).
Guise of Fire Because the artwork provokes a funny question, After all these years living in a zombie infested world, people still don't know that fire + zombie =/= dead zombie. Not to mention the fact that the flavor text shows the funniness of the card. Also the contrast the color has with the background is very eyecatching, Foil Guise of Fire s are even more eyecatching.
I think that the first printing of Progenitus from conflux takes the best art. The scale of it is simply awe inspiring. It it just unbelievable huge. The art really does the creature itself justice.
My second pic is Wurmcoil Engine . If you look at the detail on it, the creature is quite amazing.
Since it is a contest about art, Blood Artist needs a spot on the list. It is art within art.
I will take anything by Eric Deschamps or Raymond Swanland as the best artwork in magic because they are my favorite artists(im a bit of an artist myself so the art is one of the things I pay great attention to; I have literally not taken a promo card over a non foil regular just because I liked the original artwork better(restoration angel and glissa for examples of what I've done this for)) in magic, but if I have to choose I think I will probably go with Garruk, the Veil-Cursed Flip Flip. There is so much flavor in how he presents garruk in this new form, it has amazing tonality, and the way he's posed, the tattered clothing, the cracks all through his skin... just simply awesome. Plus I just enjoy the card(its in my standard deck right now).
Pacifism but not the one you see on the link. The art on pacifism from Onslaught, and the Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic, is my favorite card art. The art is well detailed, has feeling, and has a cool style & color scheme. Plus Akroma is very beautifully rendered.
oh im a bit confused i guess... when you count votes i hope you can delete my post above then, and add this answer instead...
Earthbind have allready done all the dirty work for me... HOW CAN MY VOTE GO TO ANYTHING ELSE!!!
(no, im not the twisted one, YOU like dragons)
I'm picking Desolation Angel as my favorite card. My only regret is that it does not have any flavor text. I actually made a deck around Desolation Angel only because I liked the illustration (and, let's be honest, it's a great card).
From the same artist, I also like (but am not voting for) Mageta the Lion . This one has great flavor text.
My favorite artists are John Avon (I have a mono-green deck for which I carefully picked mostly John Avon forests), Brom and Rob Alexander.
Rob Alexander does great things, too. He really has an eye for lands : his Island from M13 makes me want to bathe in its sea, and he did most shock-lands from the Ravnica block, which are all superb (and I really hope they are reedited in RTR with the same art).
I also very much like almost all the basic lands from Avacyn Restored, they're really gorgeous.
I think the general art quality has greatly increased in the last years. Computer imaging has allowed for better contrast, better details, better colors, better everything. Of course, most of the time, it's a matter of opinion, but some early artworks really stink of "quick done", like the Ironroot Treefolk from Alpha, especially when you compare to what the artist can really do, like the Elves of Deep Shadow -FNM-promo, or Crumble from Fifth. Of course, back then, printing did not put the arts in their best, and many cards feel like they could use more contrast.
Pillage from Alliances for sure. Richard Kane Ferguson's technique creates such amazing and ethereal textures and detail to any surface. Also the foul grimace on the barbarian pillaging the lands of the innocent is perfect for the flavor. The flavor text just makes you love Lovisa Coldeyes and her barbaric ways.
Second choice... Draining Whelk . Just a very nice mechanic referring to one of the most powerful counterspells ever printed (Mana Drain of course). The art and function of the cards have been expertly transferred from "interrupt" to creature. It's a perfect fit for the Time Spiral set I feel
without a doubt my favourite art card is Moonveil Dragon , it is absolutely gorgeous dragon artwork its ellegant and sleek and the wings are incredible splices between like a moths and a dragons its looks serene as well as lethal somehow. It is also back set by an awesome moon for its name and really captures the feel of the innistrad block well as well as its set dark ascension. this narrowly beats a few honorable mentions i would like to share with you guys n gals, my 1st runner up is the Ebon Dragon . Its there for a few reasons really, the art for me is just down right awesome, its menacing and its one of the very few dragons that aren't red or green and it also shows a really awesome black/silver laser kinda beam coming from its mouth which looks really cool, abolishing the standard yawn red fire kinda thing. next runner up is the FtV Dragons art for Nicol Bolas this can be described as nothing short of epic IMO. hes the biggest and baddest of dragons (and perhaps of all characters in MTG from the minimal story i know of) and this art projects that really nicely, hes huge in size and scale theres a cool back drop with a mountain or volcano with a dragon minion there too. he just looks aggressive as hell! and for my last runner up (sorry to blab on i bum dragons pretty hard i know lol) is Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon . This guys art is wicked, i love how it just looks like it will infect you with a stare, his devastated wing remnants are really well imagined and the back drop is just wasteland and he looks like the lord of the wasteland standing proudly on a cliffs edge looking for the next victim
right i'll be quiet now i really enjoy these competetions thanks deck:stg :-)
I will also have to go with Moonveil Dragon . When i first saw it i just really loved how it stuck out compared to all the other cards and i couldn't wait to get my hands on a foil version of...the other card i have to say is card:Commander's Authority, just a beautiful piece of art with the sunlight and the silhouette of the characters is just amazing.
My vote rings in for Master Transmuter , definitely. Chippy is pretty awesome.
Other choices would have been Kargan Dragonlord , Mayael the Anima , Nimbus Maze , (everything Jason Chan does is fantastic), Centaur Garden , Boros Garrison , Honden of Infinite Rage , Tranquil Garden (John Avon is good stuff), Cloudcrown Oak , Hana Kami , Pride of the Clouds (hooray for Rebecca Guay), and finally Nils Hamm's Elderwood Scion has a peculiar beauty.
Thanks STG for another fun contest! I can't wait to see what other people choose.
Ohhhh shiiiiiiit I forgot about Angelic Destiny (but my vote is still for Master Transmuter . Anyway, check out the full Angelic Destiny art, it's incredible: http://algenpfleger.deviantart.com/art/MtG-Angelic-Destiny-216556836
This is gonna be one nobody else will choose. but I'm going with Scour . It is BEAUTIFUL, with a really wonderfully-done spiral of magical stuff with the two contrasting colours on either side. It looks like some kind of digital artistry masterpiece!
The regular version of Restoration Angel .
A beautiful dress with some intricate work on the front, billowing fabric enveloping the scene, the sunlight casting shadows from her golden hair, those wonderful wings... Even the little blue ribbons she has tied to her body and that soft eye shadow you would never notice unless you looked closely. Everything is stunning and full of detail down to the last feather and wheat shaft.
And don't get me started on the flavour of it all! An Angel giving you the spirit to start afresh and fight anew? Brilliant.
but my favorite is Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded . So Awesome! This guy must have the coolest outfit. His posture just exudes confidence. The backround is faded to make room for this guy. He has so much charisma that everyone wants to be on his side. He pollutes the air because he just doesn't give a shit about his hand. Every time I look at this card I smile and think: I'm on his side he's one cool badass. He must of searched for hours trying to find the perfect ledge with the molten river and craggy mountian backround. Look at his foot placement, just try and find another ledge like that with such a backround.
My votes are Ebon Praetor (Just absurdly epic), Volrath the Fallen (truly captures the character and his ability), Aboroth (same as with volrath), Phyrexian Dreadnought (iconic art), Necropotence from iceage (iconic art), Ghost Council of Orzhova (very flavorful), Mirari and Stasis .
As an addendum to my post (where I forgot to explain my reasonings) I chose the Figure because of the unique art style and the interesting R/W haze in the background that embodies the Kithkin Spirit Warrior Avatar.
When it comes to the others I was originally going to just go for Finest Hour as the art is really captivating to me and the card is truly amazing in foil. Thopter Foundry has an amazing amount of detail for such a simple card. Good old Darksteel Colossus is one I've always liked and Platinum Emperion and the way that he reflects the area around him (along with that epic flavor text) was also a contender. Extra shoutout to Mirran Crusader , Phyrexian Crusader and the original Grove of the Burnwillows .
Sigarda, Host of Herons art gives off the feel of an intimidating angel, she's equipped with a scythe like weapon that makes more sense than small swords for a creature that will be doing most of her combat above her enemies. The haziness of her features depicts hexproof better than a good number of other creatures. The moon background also works wonderfully with the focus.
Aside from her art Sigarda has a ton of flavor with my favorite book series, The Wheel of Time, in that heron marked swords are a sign that the wielder is a master swordsman. Sigarda, Host of Herons is probably the best possible commander in EDH to wield the swords of X and Y, which all the sword's artist was the same person who made sigarda's art.
Unfortunately TappedOut doesn't have all of the art on file for all cards. For example, you can see which are on file by searching for a card, then clicking "View All" next to "Printing". Here is Pillage 's page: http://tappedout.net/mtg-card/pillage/printings/
As you can see, the Alliances art is not on file :(
Blood Artist His artwork is absolutely gorgeous and the fact that he is painting a picture inside of a picture is awesome. Look at the care he puts into his craft and all the tools he has available. Everything is regal and elegant while at the same time being somewhat horrifying and repulsive.
My vote is for Blood Artist . Love the Gothic architecture in the background, as well as the hidden corpse draining blood into a vial. I also enjoy the contrast between the artist (white, color of purity?) and the red/dark shadow background. Not to mention the flavor, nice art on a card about art, in a contest for the best art.
Honorable mention to Go for the Throat , with great flavor and fascial expressions, the swamp from tenth edition (which can't :( qualify), Angelic Destiny for the awesome 'wings' which I never realized were stained glass, and Goblin Arsonist because I always thought it was some odd triangle mountain, and didn't see the goblin for months. Although I also love the grumpy face and oven mitts on him :D, too bad nothing goes to the 1st loser.
I really think Raymond Swanland is the artist who should win this competition. :) I love him. It's really hard to pick my favourite, but http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?output=spoiler&method=visual&action=advanced&artist=[%22Raymond+Swanland%22] (how do I do external links here?)
I really like the art for Restoration Angel , it angle is nice and the artist did a really good job with the overall composition, especially the way her dress waves in the wind. Although Blood Artist seems more like one of those cards I would use as a wallpaper, as it's not a simplistic design and if art is truly in the eye of the beholder, who can argue with the artistic realism depiction? Also the angle really allows for the viewer to fully grasp the room which he paints in, not flat at all.Now I didn't really want to vote for 3, but for the longest time I've loved the art for Angelic Destiny , the detail and overall composition amazes me, with the wallpaper that Wizards of the coast hands out I really like to study the detail which I'm unable to see on the card, and the way the stained glass wings were placed behind her really makes it look like a "destiny" moment instead of "Hey here's a simple enchantment, break a leg!"
There's my 2 cents.
I have to agree with Long_con. Looking at Raymond Swanland's work, with the http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?output=spoiler&method=visual&action=advanced&artist=[%22Raymond+Swanland%22] web page, he has some pretty amazing art skills.
Steve Argyle is an art god... I love this one, First of all, I tend to like redheads, and this one is done in a way that makes her seem like she is flying through the forest using the vines rather than the power of flight. I love the detail and lighting as well.
@Mpz5: YAY! Someone else who thinks Scour 's art is brilliant! I'm not alone!
@Long_Con: If we are talking about which artist should win, it should be Raymond Swanland. The art of his that'll always stick out to me is Nyxathid . It looks so suitably brutal and awesome and earth-shattering, and the design is brill!
my vote is torn between Blood Artist which i have in french, just because it seems to fit his flavor so much with his paintception and Apocalypse Hydra because the not only is the hydra itself drawn to the smallest detail, but the army fighting it is also drawn with incredible detail and I love the fact that the hydra is rampaging through a building and not giving a shit
I'd have to go with Moonveil Dragon and Master Transmuter . They're both incredibly detailed and complement the color of the card border incredibly well, with Moonveil being an oddly perfect contrast, while with the Transmuter it feels like the art and the rest of the card is actually one cohesive product rather than a piece of art on a card.
Also, I think I might have some sort of odd circle fetish.
I'm a huge fan of Gisela, Blade of Goldnight She looks so awesome with the light all blasting out behind her. She's my favorite angel from the set, doubling damage on my side and halving damage on the other side is just a plus to how goddamn amazing her art is. I've decided Gisela is the card I'm going to collect.
Despite my love for Gisela, Ignite Memories has a really cool art too, my favorite storm card. (I don't play storm)
Nicol Bolas has some of the most awesome art, I'd say. He's all like "look at me, not only am I a villain, I'm a LEARNED villain. I know more than anyone who is alive or has ever lived. TRY and stop me." Screw the tiny-arms Nicol Bolas vs. Ajani art though.
Restoration Angel comes in at second for me. Its the wings man.
No contest. Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite has the best art. Not only is it technically amazing, it's packed with subtle meaning. Scott Fischer is probably the best MtG artist, but I haven't seen many pieces that convey hidden meaning as well as Elesh. Shout outs to rk post's Lightning Angel and Kekai Kotaki's Liliana Vess.
This was a great addition to one of the coolest spells in the game. If you have seen the intro cut scene of Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, the animated version of this art is amazing. Fiery justice from the mages of the Boros guild, to a Nacatl planeswalker out for revenge! (It will probably show the art I mentioned when tagged as it was it's most recent printing)
Honourable mentions to Stasis simply because there will never again be art like that, that isn't used on a promo card. The card is literally a piece of post-modern pop art.
Thundermaw Hellkite Is absolutely my favorite art so far. Anything by Svetlin Velinov is Beautiful. For reference Look at Talrand, Sky Summoner , Torpor Orb and Treacherous Pit-Dweller . Most of his artwork tells a story. Whether it be Thundermaw Hellkite patrolling the skies, or Talrand, Sky Summoner Standing tall in front of his drake army.
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite all the way. This piece of art conveys the extremely rare yet powerful sense of sublime, that is, the simultaneous and contradictory feelings of breathtaking beauty and unspeakable horror. This card's art really makes me feel the same way I do when watching natural disasters: we're struck by the beauty and grandeur of nature, yet we're horrified by the death and destruction it brings. Feeling both emotions at the same time produces a very disturbing and interesting result. Elesh Norn's art is that powerful to me.
@reedrocks: Hahahahahaha! Don't get me wrong, Word of Command is powerful, powerful art. I just always laugh when I see it or see it mentioned because it is just a pair of eyes against black! Nothing else, the artist just said "Yep, that'll do it!"
And those eyes...it's like they are both squinting and looking at me disapprovingly while I pick my nose. I wonder who the eyes belong to? Stewie Griffin?
Emancipation Angel just looks sublime, I put her in any white decks I have just so I can look at the art.
Shriekgeist because the holo highlights all the right areas for that ethereal undertone (and because I made my abacus life counter out of shiny shrieks).
Skinrender because who doesn't love the Alien franchise? ;)
Omniscience When I saw this card I thought of the sheer beauty and the flavor text is just great.Mad props to Jason Chan, honorable mentions of some of his artwork: Avacyn, Angel of Hope Counterspell the jace vs. chandra edition Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Khalni Heart Expedition Lord of the Unreal (great flavor text)
Honorable Mention: Lightning Bolt (Textless Players Rewards) Promo Card FoilIt's just absolutely powerful and pretty
My vote goes for Terror . To start with, it's probably the coolest depiction of an ouroboros I've seen anywhere. It's such a bizarre, nightmarish card that it really makes you stop and think. Even in a world where things like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn , Bone Mask , and Mind Rot are commonplace it is still such an outlandish and haunting card.
Macabre Waltz also deserves a mention on this list. Though I personally prefer Terror , waltz is always mentioned when some one asks about the most resonating, shocking, memorable, or unsettling card art.
It has my vote.
Seems silly but I can't help but stare at it for 10 minutes or so. The colors work so well together. She looks very real, and all the art just flows. It's become my all time favorite card. I plan on making a deck based on it.Moonfolk are beautiful creatures in general. It's a very peaceful card that makes me sigh (in a good way).
Even though it's ended, I think the original Rafiq of the Many, it shows completely the majesty he embodies. Oona, Queen of the Fae. Soft pastel colours draw out the beauty of the card. Anf finally, Slave of Bolas, the enlarged version makes it abundantly clear why. http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs43/f/2009/122/6/b/Slave_of_Bolas_by_SteveArgyle.jpg
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