By Jesper Ejsing
Today I am going to show a step by step of a magic card artwork. The artwork is a bit of a stray from the traditional magic card. It was for a board game version of Magic called "Arena of the Planewalkers".
The assignment asked for 3 fire/lava cats, one leader and 2 subordinate. The background should be misty and not revealing an actual place. In an assignment like this there is not a lot to play with. In practical we are just talking about a figure portrait or representation, and every kind of story-line or action would feel out of place. So I sketched up the 3 lions as being powerfull and royal.Something like a Lion King illustration. The feedback asked for the bodies to be black lava rock. After the layout we found out that the way I placed the three lions the image was too wide and I ended up shifting them around and also changing them into Panthers, because it would fit the black bodies better.
I was really happy with the image and turned it in. We ended up changing the cats to being almost full on flames. almost yellow in the end to fit with another monster from the game, but this here is the version I like best.