Title: Spike Feeder (Prelim Sketch)
Artist: Heather Hudson
Medium: Graphite on paper
Created for the Magic: The Gathering Stronghold set, Spike Feeder is an iconic piece by beloved fantasy artist Heather Hudson. Released in 1998 by Wizards of the Coast, as part of the Tempest block, Spike Feeder has been a historically integral part of everything from Oath of Druids decks to Modern combo decks.
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 fine specimen by artist Heather Hudson, she lays out in great written detail the ideas for the color palette and direction of the piece, in what are effectively sidebar notes to the art director at the time (Matt Wilson).
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