Sketches: Dross Prowler

Posted in Arcana on February 2, 2004

By Wizards of the Coast

Welcome to another edition of Sketches. This week we take an look at the creation of Mirrodin's Dross Prowler by Mike Sutfin.

1. Art Description

The instructions given to the artist were short and sweet:

"A sneaky Nim in the shadows."

That is what you call "artistic license," folks. The Nim have a characteristic look -- the facial plate-hood covering the eyes and forehead, the spike-like jutting teeth -- but this is about as minimalistic as art descriptions get.

Sutfin, who has illustrated such iconic classics as Jhovall Queen, Cateran Overlord, Tsabo Tavoc, Exalted Angel, and Darksteel's Heartseeker, is a master of bringing rich detail to his subjects. For this kind of artist, sometimes a light touch on the art description generates great results.

2. Sketch

Mr. Sutfin came up with this initial sketch for the Dross Prowler, which in playtest was called "Nim Cutthroat":

As you can see, the art team made a strong choice in providing such a slim description. Sutfin filled the frame with complexity and detail that a zombie has rarely enjoyed. Changes were not recommended by the Magic art team.

3. Final Art

Here is the final art for Dross Prowler. Note especially the miniature necrogen chimneys sprouting from its back, and the detail and care taken in its creepily composite ear-structure.

4. Card

Finally, here is the card as you can see it in booster packs.

Dross Prowler

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