Favorite Card arts

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Posted on Feb. 10, 2019, 3:01 a.m. by Skyler1776

Hello. I’m starting this forum for the card art lovers out there. What are your favorite arts/ artists and why? My favorite art is Nissa, Vastwood Seer, and favorite artist Magali Villueneve. The reason Nissa is my favorite art is the character on both sides, especially the Sage animist, really blends with the natural setting of the background, showing Nissa as truly one with nature. The reason for Magali is I feel like her art style is crisp, making her characters sharp and clear while capturing the real life imagination of the plane the card emphasizes, as well as capturing the lore perspective nicely. Thoughts an your favs?

saluma says... #2

February 10, 2019 3:51 a.m.

Skyler1776 says... #3

Couldn’t help but notice that both Quiet Contemplation and Narset Transcendent were both done by Magali Villueneve.

February 10, 2019 10:38 a.m.

Deadpoo111 says... #4

My favorite art is definitely an island from kaladesh by Yeong-Hao Han. I feel like it perfectly matches how the Aether flows through nature.

My favorite artists is Christopher Mueller, I like his use of dark blues with almost a glowing aura of darkness.

February 10, 2019 10:46 a.m.

Caerwyn says... #5

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February 10, 2019 11:01 a.m.

Caerwyn says... #6

My favourite artists are Quinton Hoover , Nene Thomas , and Rebecca Guay . I think there is a beauty in their archaic style that has been lost in Wizards’ embrace of photorealism in modern card art.

That said, my favourite art in the game comes from this more modern style - Anguished Unmaking .

The look on Sorin’s face and how he holds himself; the touch of flame on Avacyn’s wings as they turn to smoke; the fallen Avacyn symbol in the foreground; and the contrasted light with darkness all work together to perfectly capture the “cruelty beyond imagining” of Sorin’s action.

February 10, 2019 11:17 a.m.

clayperce says... #7


Amazing Card Art

Casual* clayperce


February 10, 2019 11:25 a.m.

Suns_Champion says... #8

Mardu Heart-Piercer by Karl Kopinski is my absolute favorite.

TL;DR - my full thoughts on the piece. Mostly copied from a forum a few years back.

Mongolian aesthetic, armor and weaponry, and culture has always caught my eye, so it makes sense why this piece would stand out to me.

I love the decision to paint a female rider. Goes well with the Mardu theme, and taking one look at the rider tells you without a doubt that she's an experienced warrior, rider, and archer.

Kopinski's painting style is one of my favorites; the way he shows extreme detail while also holding a loose, unfinished feel really defines what a great painting is for me.

Kopinski's color pallet is extremely pleasing, simultaneously expressing warmth and action with oranges, browns and reds. The way the shiny silver and gold contrasts the earthy tones is great, and the way the ground blends into the sky at the horizon is masterfully done in a way that you don't realize it's happening at first.

The way Kopinski tilts the horizon adds such speed and motion to the piece. It gives you a disorienting feeling, as being in a battle riding a horse would. The way the armor, clothing, and hair are flap around in the wind and the riding motion of the horse add to this effect.

The contradicting directions of the horse and the rider fascinate me as well. The horse pulls you to the left, while the rider pulls you up and then to the right, and the horizon lines up with both, forcing you to examine the piece as a whole to really understand what's going on, then allowing you to look again and appreciate the separate parts.

I love the contrast between the horse and it's riders faces. The horse looks terrified, like this is it's first battle, but is still obeying it's rider faithfully. The Warrior on the other hand, is the definition of poise and serenity in battle. Calmly taking aim at an enemy, zero expression on her face as she's about to let fly and snuff out a life. Cold but understandable.

That makes me thing of how this piece would fit into a larger battle scene. Notice how there's no one else pictured. The horse seems to be going away from the battle on the right, where the archer is aiming. It's almost as if the experienced warrior knows her inexperienced horse couldn't handle the thick of the action, so has instead chosen to circle the battle and use her prowess with her bow to use her new horse most effectively.

I could rave all day about this work. Thank you magic Man Sam for featuring this in your video :)

I am also a huge fan of Seb McKinnon, especially Twilight Prophet and his recent 2D feeling pieces like Bedevil and Bankrupt in Blood .

I also really like Unfulfilled Desires by D. Alexander Gregory.

Lastly, I love the Saga art, especially History of Benalia .

February 10, 2019 12:28 p.m.

Darkshadow327 says... #9

Wait, Suns_Champion didn't day Elspeth, Sun's Champion ?!?! Quick, call a doctor, I don't think he feels well!!! ;P

I love art like Precognitive Perception , Lyra Dawnbringer , and Teysa Karlov . I love art with stuff going on in the background, or lightning/magic, or just Orzhov.

February 10, 2019 4:59 p.m.

Gattison says... #10

First of all, I agree with everything everyone else has already said above, lol. I'm especially glad to see somebody mention Quinton Hoover, Rebecca Guay, and the new Seb McKinnon art on Bankrupt in Blood . I also was a big fan of Richard Kane Ferguson, Ron Spencer and Jeff Miracola, back in the day, too.

My personal favorite card art of all time is on Emperor Crocodile , by Kev Walker, who also did Damnation & Devour Flesh .

I also want mention how much I always appreciate Johannes Voss' artwork as well: Blood Artist , Gift of Orzhova & Topan Freeblade as examples.

February 10, 2019 5:32 p.m.

Icbrgr says... #11

My favorite artist is Rebecca Guay. Her art just really stands out to me and I have a appreciation for it. I dont exactly have a favorite card from her but something that I will link as an example will be Elvish Piper .

February 10, 2019 7 p.m.

eyes2sky says... #12

February 11, 2019 11:18 p.m.

11hrr says... #13

I've always liked Possibility Storm , also a fan of Spoils of Evil , Dreamborn Muse and Auntie's Hovel . There's a lot of awesome land art as well.

February 12, 2019 8:06 a.m.

czarkingrex says... #14

Esper Swamp I'm super in love with lands made by Chippy; the stark, otherworldly vibe just really resonates with me. They almost look like something out of Tron. Also Metalworker , 'cause there's always room for more Deco sci-fi.

February 15, 2019 12:31 p.m.

amenos42 says... #15

Royal Herbalist clearly depicts Robin Williams smoking weed.

February 23, 2019 12:02 p.m.

Gattison says... #16

amenos42: funny, I always thought that was Jon Lithgow smoking weed.

February 23, 2019 3:31 p.m.

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