Favorite Mtg Art?

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Posted on Oct. 16, 2020, 10:41 a.m. by liamk585-mtg

Magic the Gathering has some very talented artists, and I'm wondering what art you guys like the most. Please leave a comment here stating what mtg card(s) have your favorite art(s).

RiotRunner789 says... #2

Grave Pact ninth edition and beyond art.

October 16, 2020 10:57 a.m.

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.

VampDemigod says... #4

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.

Noire_Samhain says... #6

Gift of Orzhova

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.

VampDemigod says... #8

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.

xtechnetia says... #11

I have many, but here's a small sample.

Seek the Wilds

Tranquil Expanse

Vendilion Clique

Baleful Strix


October 16, 2020 1:03 p.m.

Azdranax says... #12

For me it’s always been Underground Sea and Dark Ritual - I just love them above all the other art, which as a whole is incredible.

October 16, 2020 1:58 p.m.

Lanzo493 says... #13

I love the foil Serra the Benevolent and the SL Sliver Overlord. If it looks good in foil, then I generally like the art.

October 16, 2020 2:15 p.m.

liamk585-mtg says... #14

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.

liamk585-mtg says... #15

Makeshift Battalion because of the flavor, and the guilds uniting.

October 16, 2020 2:49 p.m.

TheVectornaut says... #16

By color, I'd probably go with Knight Exemplar, Prognostic Sphinx, Desecration Demon, Obsidian Fireheart, and Garruk's Horde. I tend to prefer art on creatures that are nostalgic to me.

Also, I love the celestial theme of cards from Theros like Starfield of Nyx.

October 16, 2020 3:31 p.m.

mobizque says... #17

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.

Gidgetimer says... #20

October 16, 2020 4:39 p.m.

zAzen7977 says... #21

Although it’s very tough to narrow it down, my favorite art includes Phyrexian Obliterator, Death's Shadow, Damnation, Tinybones, Trinket Thief, and the newest full art version of Kaalia of the Vast.

October 16, 2020 5:53 p.m.

Icbrgr says... #22

October 16, 2020 9:39 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #23

Icbrgr I’m Batman.

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.

MindAblaze says... #24

Also, Priests of Norn and her excellency Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

October 17, 2020 1:38 a.m.

MindAblaze says... #25

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.

King_marchesa says... #28

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.

Oloro_Magic says... #29

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.

Flooremoji says... #30

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.

VampDemigod says... #32

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.

Gattison says... #33

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.

VampDemigod says... #35

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.

Gleeock says... #36

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.

liamk585-mtg says... #38

October 20, 2020 6:56 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #39

Thought Hemorrhage and a lot of the Esper stuff has some sharp lines and shapes. A lot of intricate stuff, pre-Kaladeshi...

October 28, 2020 8:02 p.m.

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