Today's card is the Judgment poster boy, Erhnam Djinn. Greg Staples got the honor of redoing this icon (Ernie debuted in Arabian Nights). We knew the new Erhnam illustration would be used a lot in Judgment ads, so he had to look particularly bad-ass.
1. Art Description
These are the instructions given to the artist:
"This is a green card and should show the Erhnam Djinn in a dramatic pose. See reference." Pretty simple. The reference, one would assume, was the erhnam djinn.
This is the preliminary sketch submitted by Greg. Looks good, except Ernie is missing his trademark ponytail.
3. Final Art
Here is a large version of his final piece. The ponytail has been added, and Ernie looks rough and grizzled as any long-time veteran should.
Finally, here is the card as it will appear in the Judgment expansion.