This week's Sketches shows off the Judgment common Aven Fogbringer by Ed Beard. Ed has been illustrating Magic cards since Legends.
1. Art Description
These are the instructions given to the artist:
"This is a blue card and should show an aven wizard casting a spell with a staff that causes the land below him to be enshrouded in a very thick fog. The focus is the wizard so his clothes should reflect the point that he is a wizard."
This is the preliminary sketch submitted by Ed. There was a problem in that the Odyssey Styleguide showed three different types of aven, even though the creative team decided to only use one type in card art. Ed's picture came back using one of the other two types of aven, with more human features.
Once the situation was explained to Ed, he resent in his sketch with the more bird-like aven instead.
3. Final Art
Here is a large version of his final piece.
Finally, here is the card as you all know it today.