1. Art Description
These were the instructions given to the artist:
"Location: Riptide project
Action: Show a very powerful sliver wrapped around a victim it has ensnared. Its prey is going limp as the sliver sucks the energy from the head of its victim through its specalized talon.
Notes: See the style guide for the sliver concept, but feel free to give it some slight variations, especially in the talon which is equipped to leech mind energy."
3. Final Art
Here is a large version of the final piece. Take that, mind (and face) of some random Riptide unfortunate!
Finally, here is the card as you can see it in booster packs.