Sketches: Flameborn Viron

Posted in Arcana on May 9, 2011

By Monty Ashley

Welcome back to another edition of Sketches! Today we're looking at an enormous red creature: Flameborn Viron, from New Phyrexia.

Artist Portfolio

Artist Svetlin Velinov has illustrated twenty-five Magic cards, including six in New Phyrexia.

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 Svetlin was given for Flameborn Viron, including a lot of location details:

Color: Red creature (Phyrexian)

Location: Phyrexian furnace layer

Action: Show a "furnace wasp," an enormous (30ft / 10m tall) monster that strolls the hellish molten metal landscape of the Phyrexian furnace layer. Its armored carapace looks like burnished metal, but some parts of its underside are more organic, like the sinewy meat of an insect or crustacean. It's so vast that it doesn't even notice the other little furnace-layer creatures scurrying around down near its feet (if you can work them in).

Focus: The Phyrexian "furnace wasp"

Mood: A slow but vast monster, like the brontosaurus of the Phyrexian furnace-realms


With that art description to work with, Svetlin submitted a sketch to the Magic creative team:

Flameborn Viron | Sketch by Svetlin Velinov

The first comment from the creative team was "Why is Svetlin so awesome?" But this wasn't quite what they were looking for, so they asked Svetlin to do another version from a lower angle to enhance the drama.

Flameborn Viron | Sketch by Svetlin Velinov

Final Art

That was even better than the first sketch, so Svetlin was given approval to go ahead.

Flameborn Viron | Art by Svetlin Velinov

Finished Card

Here's the final card as you'll see it in New Phyrexia booster packs:

Flameborn Viron

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