This week's "Sketches" looks at the new top-notch black removal spell, Smother by Carl Critchlow.
1. Art Description
These are the instructions given to the artist:
Action: Dwarf Pit-Fighter surrounded by a swarm of gnats. They are suffocating him by flying into his nose, mouth, etc."
It's hard to notice the gnats on the actual card, but they're there. It isn't just a dwarf grasping at the "camera."
This is the preliminary sketch submitted by Carl. Unlike many other artists, Carl actually uses color in his preliminaries, so the art department has a better idea of what the final piece will look like.
3. Final Art
Here is a large version of the final piece. The gnats are much more visible at this size.
Finally, here is the card as it appears in the set.