Sketches: Manor Skeleton

Posted in Arcana on October 4, 2011

By Monty Ashley

Welcome back to another edition of Sketches! Today we're looking at one of Innistrad's skeletons: Eric Deschamps's Manor Skeleton.

Artist Portfolio

Artist Eric Deschamps has illustrated 47 Magic cards. They're good!

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's what Eric was given for the card:

Color: Black Creature

Location: Abandoned, decrepit manor house.

Action: Show a skeleton creeping down the grand staircase in an abandoned, decrepit manor houses. He's holding a burning candle in a silver candleholder. He's wearing rotted clothing that hangs loosely off his bones.

Focus: The skeleton

Mood: The dead manservant who will never leave his master's house.

Sketches

Here's the first sketch that Eric gave to the creative team:

Manor Skeleton | Sketch by Eric Deschamps

That looks good, but the creative team thought it could be creepier. They asked Eric to take another shot at it.

Manor Skeleton | Sketch by Eric Deschamps

Ah! Much more skeleton-y! Skeletonic? Fine, "skeletal." If you must.

Final Art

Manor Skeleton | Art by Eric Deschamps

Finished Card

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

Manor Skeleton

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