Sketches: Smite the Monstrous

Posted in Arcana on November 21, 2011

By Monty Ashley

Welcome back to another edition of Sketches! Today we're looking at a card from Innistrad that presented the creative team with a number of choices: Jason Felix's Smite the Monstrous.

Artist Portfolio

Jason Felix has done the illustrations for 29 Magic cards.

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 Jason was given for the card:

Color: White spell

Action: The moon, partially occluded by clouds, sends down rays of light from between them, and one moonray has magically become a tactile vector of light that impales a large, blue-aligned ghoul. It’s a skaab, a construct of flesh, pieced together by stitches and arcane metal bindings inscribed with runes. The ghoul is at least 12 feet tall. Behind him, the houses are smashed and burning.

Focus: The mystical spear of silver moonlight

Mood: The end of a murderous, destructive rampage.


Sometimes, an artist will have more than one idea on how to execute on an art description. For example, Jason Felix presented the creative team with three choices.

Smite the Monstrous | Sketch A by Jason Felix

Smite the Monstrous | Sketch B by Jason Felix

Smite the Monstrous | Sketch C by Jason Felix

Final Art

Those all look neat! The creative team chose option B, with the note that they wanted Jason to make sure the moon was prominent. And here's what happened!

Smite the Monstrous | Art by Jason Felix

Finished Card

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

Smite the Monstrous

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