Title: Mox Ruby (Prelim Sketch)
Artist: Volkan Baga
Medium: Graphite on paper
Created for the Magic: The Gathering 2008 Vintage Championship grand prize, then used in Vintage Masters on Magic Online, Mox Ruby is a legendary piece by renowned artist Volkan Baga. Mox Ruby needs little introduction for its long term impact on Magic, and this large (13 3/4″ x 18″) and detailed piece highlights Baga’s vision and precise technical skill as an illustrator. Item is stored in a protective sleeve, and some glare may show in photograph.
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.
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