I love, and miss, the imperfection of the painted cards. The old-time heavy-hitters like Goblin Shrine, Terror, Regeneration, Holy Strength, Stasis, and Mana Vault (there’s one for each color!) were full of motion, weirdness, mystery, and made me feel like the cards were actually unearthed from some sort of forgotten magical vault. The stuff nowadays is too...perfect, in my mind. I’ll pick a new card, almost at random: Farfinder is the second card from Ikoria I saw. The art is great, and the skill needed to make it is FAR beyond my capacity. Having acknowledged that, it’s polished to perfection...to the point of near-boredom. I really can’t get emotionally connected to it, and that makes me sort of sad. ::shrug-emoji::
October 16, 2020 11:12 a.m.
Stained Glass Planeswalkers. Also the alternate art and frame for ZNR.
Conversely, I HATE the alternate frames and art for the ELD adventure cards.
Also, there are some ZNR full art lands that are $.10 apiece on Card Kingdom. I think they look good, plus I think that’s the lowest price I've ever seen for full art lands.
October 16, 2020 12:07 p.m.
Temporal Machinations! Teferi is so pretty in this art, and the Cabal soldier is hilariously contorted. The flavor text is excellent as well.
October 16, 2020 12:15 p.m.
I just find it absolutely stunning.
October 16, 2020 12:17 p.m.
Narset of the Ancient Way and the other comic style cards from ikoria
October 16, 2020 12:19 p.m.
Actually, there’s also an SOI Island that I am infatuated with. It’s number 288 if you want to go find the art.
October 16, 2020 12:36 p.m.
VampDemigod that's a very good point, about lands--good pick as well, that's a beautiful island. Most of the land arts from the Ixalan block are SO pretty omygod, they are another of my favorites.
October 16, 2020 12:53 p.m.
Sorry for the second post, but I wanted to throw some of the artist names that I love out there: Quentin Hoover, Mark Poole, Margaret Organ-Keane, Phil Foglio, Anthony Waters, and last BUT NOT LEAST Melissa Benson. There are a lot more, but I need to get to work ;p
October 16, 2020 12:53 p.m.
I have many, but here's a small sample.
October 16, 2020 1:03 p.m.
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October 16, 2020 2:15 p.m.
xtechnetia, I totally agree. Baleful Strix has got to have my favorite mtg art ever. I was going to try to list my favorite card arts in this forum's body, but there are too many options! Commander's Authority and Makeshift Battalion come readily to mind. Also foil Explore.
October 16, 2020 2:48 p.m.
Makeshift Battalion because of the flavor, and the guilds uniting.
October 16, 2020 2:49 p.m.
Also, I love the celestial theme of cards from Theros like Starfield of Nyx.
October 16, 2020 3:31 p.m.
Thwart the Grave has gorgeous coloring, and the art absolutely matches the mechanics of the card. It paints an emotional picture of the party pulling together to save one of its own from the brink.
October 16, 2020 3:32 p.m.
Seb McKinnon is my guy! His art is always so hauntingly beautiful, and I'm especially a fan of his more surreal pieces. Here are some of my favorites:
October 16, 2020 3:32 p.m.
Kaladesh Mind Rot is excellent, good choice!
October 16, 2020 4:01 p.m.
October 16, 2020 5:53 p.m.
I have to throw Chandra Ablaze and Mayael's Aria out there, as some examples of Steve Argyle’s work that I love. I have a foil Chandra Ablaze and it’s still one of my top five favourite cards in my collection.
Also, Seb McKinnon and Rebecca Guay have created some amazing work for this game.
October 17, 2020 1:18 a.m.
October 17, 2020 1:38 a.m.
Sorry one more post, Terese Nielsen and stuff like Angel of Jubilation
October 17, 2020 1:47 a.m.
Forerunner of the Coalition is another of my favorites, James Ryman coming in clutch with the pirate art! Commencement of Festivities is beautiful as well: Kaladesh is the most photogenic plane by far
October 17, 2020 2:06 a.m.
My first ever mythic from when I started playing: Seasons Past
October 17, 2020 2:33 a.m.
I love all the art from kaladesh, but Spirebluff Canal has to be my favorite. I got the book about kaladesh and the artwork is amazing. I also like the landscapes from dominaria. In addition, the artwork in ahmonket is really cool, I like the pyramids and rivers. I am also partial to the lorwyn islands. The art concept for kamigawa is also cool. I like all the wacky spirits and their art. As you can tell, I really like magic's artwork.
October 17, 2020 7:50 a.m.
By far Chase Stone's Gravity Negator is my favorite art in all of Magic. The full piece is even more stunning.
October 17, 2020 2:06 p.m.
I don't know if I have a favorite but Primeval Bounty has always looked nice
October 17, 2020 4:26 p.m.
Jedit Ojanen has my favorite art of all time. Card needs to be cheaper and errat'd to and though.
October 18, 2020 10:50 a.m.
Was just reminded, Ikoria’s 1/1 Cat Bird tokens and 2/2 Cat Dinosaur tokens are cutest tokens! Though the M21 doggo does come close.
October 18, 2020 12:44 p.m.
I've always been obsessed with Emperor Crocodile for some reason. It's just so... idk, dynamic. It looks like a snapshot from a NatGeo documentary, but on another plane.
October 18, 2020 10:30 p.m.
My favorite artist is probably Daarken, and my favorite art is probably Ukkima, Stalking Shadow
October 18, 2020 11:06 p.m.
Ooh pretty card. Also fun. I love when there are cards with odd types like whale wolf or cat beast. They jut always end up being good art.
October 18, 2020 11:13 p.m.
Edgar Markov - here is art where all pieces are fleshing out a character story without being over-wrought fantasy action-pose stuff. Just a badass dude getting dressed for war by his subservient subjects.. All around great when art can tell a story without an extreme action pose. I like the same thing about Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis
October 19, 2020 9:22 a.m.
Boundless Realms, Vigor, Forest, Mountain, Time Walk, Mox Jet, Kargan Dragonlord, Llanowar Elves, Llanowar Elves, Tamiyo, Collector of Tales, Liliana Vess, Domri, Anarch of Bolas, and Deicide are some other cards with cool art.