So, with the core set’s return to magic comes art from many places in the multiverse, the core set is a place for Wizards to dump their slush art and show new and upcoming worlds to explore. Building hype for them, it is also a place to showcase things that happened in the past magic lore.
This year’s core set focused on the elder dragons and those who have interacted with Nicol Bolas, while I’m a little disappointed they didn’t print Disciple of Bolas, Augur of Bolas, Mindclaw Shaman or even Gem of Becoming. I am still excited for all the new cards entering standard.
Nicol Bolas was illustrated by Svetlin this time around, while people have complained that Svetlin’s interpretation of Bolas looks like a goblin, I feel like the front side of this looks completely fine, but Nicol Bolas, the Arisen does kind of look like a goblin, no lie.
The art is not bad, but the Nicol Bolas’ face doesn’t seem dragonlike. The familiar lizard-like snout present in most dragons doesn’t seem to appear on this art, however the background and Bolas’ armor seems to be illustrated quite well, but my complaint stands with his face, it does seem rather awkward with its goblin-like face.
Svetlin’s representation of the elder dragon, Palladia-Mors, looks pretty good. His rugged-y art style really compliments the dragon well. Her armor was also illustrated quite nicely with the ornate details complimenting it quite well. I feel like Svetlin’s interpretation of Dragons looks pretty good, however the short-ish snouts of some of them may be a turn off for others.
The new art of Arcades is much better than the one he had in his original card in Legends, his art shows him looking over a wall, well represented in his effects too which “animates” creatures with defenders, allowing them to attack even though it has defender. The card itself is turning into a favorite for EDH players with its odd ability and being a great build-around commander.
Steven Belledin strikes again with a new and amazing piece of art depciting Vaevictis Asmadi as he flies over the charred remains of an area. The great amount of detail Belledin does never goes to waste as it creates an impressive painting to loo at for whenever you end up using him in standard or limited.
Chromium is a dragon with a metallic sheen and Chase stone nailed it. The art almost looks like CGI its kinda ridiculous. The lighting reflecting off the dragon’s skin looks too real so to speak, Chase Stone is growing to be one of my favorite artists ever since he drew the five monocolored pantheon of gods in Amonkhet.
All of the five new elder dragon arts look great and definitely an upgrade to their depiction from Legends. Cynthia Sheppard’s art direction have helped give these dragons the new and better depiction they deserve.
Jesper Ejsing delivers another stellar piece of art in Viashino Pyromancer, depicting a Dominarian viashino spitting flames from his staff. Jesper’s almost cartoonish style gives the viashino a sort of whimsical feel to it. It doesn’t seem “realistic” however it does deliver in the fantasy part, the spikes are also drawn quite well, covering the entirety of its spine. It is definitely something that would fit Ejsing’s style, being both whimsical but still grounded in fantasy realism.
Another artist that I’ve been enjoying is Victor Adame Minguez, his illustration of Selesnya guildmages rounding around and taking down a person is great. The painting is show from first person and the person’s hands are not noticeable at first glance but its a neat addition to an already great piece of work. I especially like the illustration of the Loxodon here as they rarely come by in the Magic multiverse.
A new artist, joining earlier in Battlebond, Uriah has really done a great job with his artwork. His portfolio is filled with art similar to that renaissance classic-ish style, the art style is a blend of both Volkan Baga and rk post, being really flat-ish while maintaining both the foreground, subject and background as well as the gothic-ish style rk post was known for. I feel like Uriah has a bright future ahead of him in Magic and I am excited to see his next work.
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