The Ninth Sphere: GP Vegas Magic Art Show – Part Three

I’m back today with part 3 of the GP Vegas art show, and we’re going to take a look at the biggest part of the exhibit today with the art of Ravnica. I think this was my favorite part of the exhibit, because it had so many more easily recognizable pieces for me, and there was a large variety of artists. Ravnica is also arguably the plane with the most beautiful landscapes. Take a look below at the art from the show, and let me know what your favorite piece from this article is!..

Patagia Viper, Christopher Moeller

Azorius First-Wing, Alex Horley

 

Syndic of Tithes, Steve Prescott

 

Grand Arbiter Augustin IV, Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai

I appreciated how the colours of the mats matched the colors of the painting perfectly. This is one of my favorite commander cards, so it was cool to see this painting in person.

Boros Reckoner, Howard Lyon

Another example of how the hanging apparatus distracts from the artwork, as it’s actually interfering with this picture. I really like Boros Reckoner, and this sketch looks great. I really like the contrast between the white and the color of the paper.

Rakdos Augermage, Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai

I can honestly say I’ve never looked at the art on this card before, but it’s a pretty terrifying image.

Izzet Signet, Raoul Vitale

Orzhov Signet, Tim Hildebrandt

Simic Signet, Greg Hildebrandt

This is surprisingly nice to see in real life, I think I’ve expressed my dislike for the ‘soap bar signet’ before, but this has currently changed my mind.

Boros Signet, Tim Hildebrandt

Rakdos Signet, Martina Pilcerova

Dimir Signet, Raoul Vitale

 

The wall of signets, I wish there was a bit more cohesion in the display of the images. I think the series would have been a lot more interesting if they didn’t appear haphazardly hung. It was still cool to see them all in one place though.

 

Kingpin’s Pet, Mark Zug

 

Voidslime, Jim Murray

 

Chord of Calling, Heather Hudson

I really like the complimentary colors in the mats chosen. It’s a bit of an eccentric choice, but it matches the colors in the painting. I like the choice to frame the painting with regular and foil versions of the card as well, you can tell that the person who owns the artwork really cares about it.

Carven Caryatid, Jim Nelson

Farseek, Martina Pilcerova

Dryad Militant, Terese Nielsen

I think this was my favorite painting of the show. The picture is surprisingly smaller than I thought it would be, so there’s a lot of detail packed into that small picture. The simpler choices of framing really lets the painting stand out on its’ own.

Dizzy Spell, Christopher Moeller

 

Mindmoil, Alex Horley

Mindmoil Sketch, Alex Horley

Ignorant Bliss, Jeff Miracola

 

Infernal Tutor, Kev Walker

 

Guttersnipe, Steve Prescott

 

Sell-Sword Brute, Jeff Miracola

Dryad Militant, Ryan Pancoast

Totally Lost, David Palumbo

 

Ghor-Clan Rampager, Charles Urbach

 

Conclave Equenaut, Terese Nielsen

 

Hunted Dragon, Mark Zug

 

Dragon Token, Mark Zug

“There is no written rule that artists who create a token-producing card art commission must also receive the token that accompanies it. Luckily, we are given Zug’s dragon flying over a Baroque period town, fitting the original Ravnica aesthetic as being Eastern European, more akin to Prague or Bratislava than France or Germany.

The different coloured head, to fleshy wing, to the fire within his mouth shows a wider palette than the red border would have you assume. From there, the horizon gradient draws one’s eyes upward, as a dragon’s focus would urge your terror to look up.”

 

Utvara Hellkite, Mark Zug

Utvara Hellkite Sketch, Mark Zug

And onto the sketches…I told you guys today’s post is huge!

Ruric Thar, the Unbowed, Tyler Jacobson

 

Coiling Oracle, Mark Zug

Anyone else find it hilarious he titled the work Manaconda?

Syndicate Enforcer, Steve Belledin

 

Search Warrant, Steve Belledin

 

Cytoplast Root-Kin, Thomas Baxa

 

Stalking Vengeance, Anthony Scott Waters

 

Cytospawn Shambler, Anthony Scott Waters

 

Clutch of the Undercity, Pete Venters

 

Aetherling, Tyler Jacobson

 

Last Gasp, Thomas Baxa

 

Crypt Champion, Pete Venters

 

Gigadrowse, Alex Horley

 

Selesnya Guildmage, Mark Zug

 

Savra, Queen of the Golgari, Scott M Fischer

 

Goblin Flectomancer, Matt Cavotta

 

Close-up of Goblin Flectomancer

 

Frenzied Goblin, Carl Critchlow

 

Orzhov Advokist, Jason A. Engle

 

Punishment, Randy Gallegos

 

Grave Shell Scarab, Pete Venters

And to finish off the pictures for this article, we have the Ravnica concept sketches!

Rakdos Concept Sketch

 

Rakdos Concept Sketch 2

 

Rakdos Concept Sketch 3

 

Rakdos Cleric Concept Sketch

 

Selesnya Human Concept Sketches

 

Color Concept Sketch

 

Color Concept Sketch 2

 

Color Concept Sketch 3

 

Color Concept Sketch 4

Rakdos Ogre Concept Sketch

 

Izzet Concept Sketch

 

Izzet Concept Sketch 2

 

Izzet Concept Sketches

Izzet Faeries Concept Sketch

 

Simic Concept Sketches

 

Azorius Concept Sketches

 

Azorius Concept Sketch

 

Simic Concept Sketch

This one is really funny, I’m glad they included it in the show.

That’s it for this article! I have one more to go with the art from Innistrad, which should be up in a few days. Which picture from Ravnica did you guys like the best? If you were able to attend a GP art show, what would you like to see? As always, thanks for reading and supporting my articles!

 

 

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