Saturday, July 14, 2012
Magic Card Art: Sublime Archangel
Card Name: Sublime Archangel
© 2012 Wizards of the Coast
Gatherer Link: http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=259725
Original Art Available? No
Artist Proofs Available? No (Sold out)
Artist Notes: Because of its playability and mythic rare status, this has been my most popular card with Standard players to date.
The art brief itself was one of the most challenging I've received thus far, involving the archangel standing atop a pillar high in the air, observing a destroyed burning city below. My initial sketch had to be revised, because the head of the weapon I drew for her too-closely resembled a symbol from a previous set (I was still fairly new to the game here), and the city going up the hill had some wonky perspective going on:
An early sketch, showing the different weapon and background © 2012 Wizards of the Coast
Since the card's release, I've had a dozen or so ideas of how I'd rework the composition and the character if I had it to do over again (that's the beauty of a challenge), but the artwork has been pretty well received, and I'm grateful for that.