Sketches: Symbiotic Beast

Posted in Arcana on December 2, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

This week's "Sketches" focuses on one of the new "Symbiotic" creatures from Onslaught, Symbiotic Beast by Franz Vohwinkel.

1. Art Description

These are the instructions given to the artist:

"Location: Wirewood Forest
Action: large forest Beast that has four big centipedes as its 'hair.'
Notes: Insect Token Cycle. Don't forget the bonespurs."

Because all the Symbiotic creatures produce Insect tokens when they die, all their illustrations feature centipedes prominently. (Yes, in the fantastic multiverse of Magic, centipedes are Insects.)

2. Sketch

This is the preliminary sketch submitted by Franz. The Beast itself was fine, but the fighter in the corner had to go. He looked like something out of Camelot rather than Otaria.

3. Final Art

Here is a large version of the final piece. The fighter has been removed.

4. Card

Finally, here is the card as it appears in the set.

Symbiotic Beast

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