DB: So good.
That's Jenna Helland and Doug Beyer reacting to Wayne Reynolds's initial sketch for Harabaz Druid.
Before we show you the sketch, let's walk through the steps.
The Art Description
The art description is a capsule description of the concept for the card and what the creative team would like the artist to provide. Here's what was sent to Wayne for Harabaz Druid.
Color: Green creature
Location: Dense, thorny forest
Action: This is a female human adventurer, a traveling druid who is trained in summoning and controlling mana. Show her opening a worn leather pouch or other container, out of which floats a small magical orb made of golden energy. She carries mana around with her the way that other travelers might carry food or water. Her gear, including her magical container, looks rough and worn, having seen much use in the harsh wilderness.
Focus: The traveling mana-druid
Mood: She's handy to have along on the expedition.
The artist then does a sketch of what they're planning on and sends it over to the creative team, who make comments. Comments like "so good", in this case. Because what they got was this!
The Final Art
The creative team was very happy with the sketch and gave Wayne the go-ahead. Here's the final version.
And here's what Harabaz Druid looks like when it comes out of a Worldwake pack!