Sketches: Ghost Quarter

Posted in Arcana on September 6, 2011

By Monty Ashley

Welcome back to another edition of Sketches! Today we're looking at one of the pieces of art that gives Innistrad its creepy atmosphere: Peter Mohrbacher's Ghost Quarter.

Artist Portfolio

Artist Peter Mohrbacher is fairly new to Magic illustrations. He's done two cards prior to Innistrad: Animar, Soul of Elements from Magic: The Gathering Commander and an Island from Magic 2012. And he's got six pieces in Innistrad!

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 Peter was given for the card:

Action: Show a deserted street of a small town at night under the full, giant moon. The buildings are decaying and broken down. Weeds show though the cobblestones and moss grows on the walls/foundations. A thick blanket of swirling fog hovers a few feet off the ground. This is ghostly energy that lingers in the deserted town. Maybe glimpses of faces can be seen in the fog.

Focus: The creepy place.

Mood: A literal ghost town.


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

Ghost Quarter | Sketch by Peter Mohrbacher

The creative team suggested that the town would be creepier and more "Ghost Town"-y if the wagon's axle were broken. Peter took that note and went to work on the final version.

Final Art

Ghost Quarter | Sketch by Peter Mohrbacher

Finished Card

Here's the final card as it will appear in Innistrad booster packs:

Ghost Quarter

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