Sketches: Flameborn Hellion

Posted in Arcana on November 10, 2010

By Monty Ashley

Welcome back to once again to Sketches! This time, we're going to look at the latest example of Magic's Hellions.

Artist Portfolio

Artist Aleksi Briclot has illustrated many Magic cards, and they're all great.

Art Description

The first step of the creation of a card's art is its art description. The art description tells the artist what the card will do, what its flavor is, and what the mood of the illustration should be. Here were the instructions Aleksi was given for Flameborn Hellion:

Color: Red creature

Location: River of molten metal in Oxidda

Action: A hellion (see reference) has just burst from underneath a river of molten metal, splashing it everywhere as it rises up in search of prey. The hellion has metal-edged scales, jaws, or both.

Mood: fierce and unpredictable

The art description also included references to previous Hellions. So here's what Aleksi was working from:

Crater Hellion
Volcano Hellion
Caldera Hellion


Armed with that art description, Aleksi submitted a sketch to Magic's creative team. Now here's something interesting: Aleksi works digitally, so the sketch looks like this:

Flameborn Hellion | Sketch by Aleksi Briclot

Final Art

Even though the sketch was done digitally, the piece wasn't finished. Here it is after all the finishing touches!

Flameborn Hellion | Art by Aleksi Briclot

Finished Card

Here's what it looks like in Scars of Mirrodin packs:

Flameborn Hellion

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