This week's "Sketches" looks at Infernal Caretaker, an uncommon black Cleric from Legions. The card was illustrated by Christopher Moeller, the man behind Meddling Mage and Pernicious Deed, among others.
1. Art Description
These are the instructions given to the artist. The card was originally called "Mass Gravedigger":
Location: Interior Aphetto city
Action: Show a Cabal Cleric peering into a magical portal which has formed in front of him. Through the opening evil images such as zombies or bat wing like creatures can be seen.
Focus: Cabal Cleric "
This is the preliminary sketch submitted by Chistopher.
The card originally acted like a sort of Aphetto Dredging variant, allowing you to return all creatures of a chosen type from your graveyard to your hand when flipped. Development changed it to just Zombies, so the creatures in the portal had to be changed to be primarily zombies.
3. Final Art
Here is a large version of the final piece. The larger bat-creature in the portal has been replaced by a zombie, and the cleric has been given rows of short horns to match the other Cabal Clerics in the set.
Finally, here is the card as you'll see it in booster packs.