Monday, April 15, 2013

Some Ravnica Under-Drawings

Just to bridge the time until the next post of interest, here are a handful of my roughs that went on to become paintings for Return to Ravnica Magic: The Gathering cards.  Pictured above is the line drawing for "Gem-Eye Drake".

Below is the line drawing for "Crowned Ceratok" (one of my favorite pieces from this Return to Ravnica block).

And lastly, here's the drawing for a card called "ShowStopper" which is coming out very soon in the "Dragon's Maze" set for Ravnica.  Apparently, the final card art will grace the official playmat for Grand Prix Kansas City in July.  Oh yeah, and guess who is gonna be there to scribble on them all with  his trusty Sharpies? If you guessed "some tool" you are CORRECT!

Speaking of Grand Prix appearances, I'll be at the GP Providence in Rhode Island June 7, 8, and 9! If you're a lobstah-eatin' chowdah-head that happens also to be a wicked Magic fan, I'll be seein' you there!


  1. Is there any reason why the Gem-eyed Drake and the Crowned Ceratok both have head crystals? Were they originally supposed to be party of a creature cycle?

    I really like Showstopper! I've already got a deck plan that hinges on it.

  2. These are awesome - love all the compositions , and especially the dynamics of the first 2. But I like them all....really!

  3. Great fun drawings. I especially like 'Crowned Ceratok' with all its action with the fleeing crowds and the bodies flying. Though there is a disturbing entertainment factor in 'ShowStopper' with the seemingly happy people bursting into confetti.

  4. Nate - not sure what the angle was on those. It was just in the description that they had crystals in their skulls - to show they are being controlled by an exterior source I guess.
    Scott and Lance - thanks!

  5. Love the Crowned Ceratok drawing. Great use of light and shadow to make what would normally be a busy composition very readable. Mignola-esque!

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