Title: Mindslaver (Prelim Sketch)
Artist: Volkan Baga
Medium: Graphite on paper
Created for the Magic: The Gathering Scars of Mirrodin expansion, Mindslaver is an iconic piece by renowned artist Volkan Baga. Released in 2010 by Wizards of the Coast, as part of the Scars of Mirrodin block, Mindslaver has long been a fan favorite in both casual and serious tournament play, and this large (13 3/4″ x 18″) and detailed piece highlights Baga’s vision and precise technical skill as an illustrator.
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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