Title: Siege-Gang Commander (Prelim Sketch)
Artist: Christopher Moeller
Medium: Graphite on paper
Created for the Magic: The Gathering Scourge expansion, Siege-Gang Commander is an iconic piece by long time fantasy artist Christopher Moeller. Released in 2003 by Wizards of the Coast, as part of the Onslaught block, Siege-Gang Commander has long been an integral part of Goblin tribal strategies across multiple Magic formats.
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. In this piece for instance, we can see that the original title for the card was set to be “Goblin Weaponsmith,” as noted by the artist.
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