Title: Hinder (Prelim Sketch)
Artist: Anthony S. Waters
Medium: Graphite on paper
Created for the Magic: The Gathering Magic Player Rewards program, Hinder is an interesting piece by noted fantasy artist Anthony S. Waters. Released in 2006 by Wizards of the Coast, as part of the MPR program, Hinder has seen multi-format use, including Standard, Modern, Pauper, and most prominently in EDH/Commander.
During the Magic: The Gathering art creation process, artists usually create a preliminary sketch of their idea for the direction of the artwork, and then forward this preliminary work to the art director of the project for approval. After the art director’s approval, the wheels are set in motion for the final artwork (traditional or digital) to be created. This preliminary artwork is a unique look in to what the artist originally envisioned for the piece, which sometimes changes before the final product takes shape. As can be seen in this fine example, the artist examined two different perspectives for the piece, one of which was chosen for the final product.
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