*Note: post updated on Oct 1, 2013*
Card Name: Tavern Swindler
© 2012 Wizards of the Coast
Gatherer Link: http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=270353
Original Art Available? No
Artist Proofs Available? Yes
Artist Notes: I actually went to a Return to Ravnica pre-release with a couple friends, and didn't immediately mention to anyone that I worked on the game. One of the game shop regulars came over while I was building my deck, and noted that I had set aside a Tavern Swindler. "You should totally put that in your deck." he insisted. "Really?" I asked. "[lol] no, that card is complete shit!"
Yes, he was talking about what the card does, not the art, BUT there's always that moment of disconnect before silencing my inner critic.
Original comments from 9/24/12: If I had this one to do over, I would change the costume. The art order called for an unguilded female with cloak and gloves, but looking back I think I made her a little too standard-spooky and not quite Magic-y enough. Hey, I still dig the dripping candle wax. Overall, that's one of the downsides about having to wait a year before showing off these card illustrations- sometimes a year is long enough to second-guess your original choices. Hopefully it won't diminish the fun of using the card in play. Was it heads or tails?