Stage 1: “It was the first doodle, just trying to find an interesting composition focused on a circle.”
Stage 2: “Complete change, I wasn’t happy with the first try. Just focusing on the body gesture.”
Stage 3: “Adding the magic effect circle.”
Stage 4: “More details and more magic effects, adding some other circles.”
Stage 5: “Managing colors, the most important part of the card. This was the sketch I sent for the deathmatch, for the Magic site.”
Stage 6: “Then I read in the thread dedicated to the contest that the card must be white. I tried to keep my first feeling; I needed darker areas to keep the different colors well separated, so I tried to avoid flashy and too-vivid effects, but also to make the magic effects pop out.”
Stage 7: “And then the final, after a lot of small or bigger adjustments.”
Thanks Aleksi! You’ll see Story Circle in its final form when Tenth Edition releases, Summer 2007.