Title: Auriok Salvagers (Prelim Sketch)
Artist: Randy Gallegos
Medium: Graphite on paper
Created for the Magic: The Gathering Fifth Drawn expansion, Auriok Salvagers is an iconic piece by legendary artist Randy Gallegos. Released in 2004 by Wizards of the Coast, as part of the Mirrodin block, Salvagers has long been a key piece in combo decks in Vintage and Legacy formats, and perhaps most famously in Brian Kelly’s tournament winning Oath of Druids deck in the 2015 Vintage Championship.
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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