Sketches: Synapse Sliver

Posted in Arcana on August 5, 2003

By Wizards of the Coast

This week's "Sketches" takes an insider's look at that coastal piracy-esque Sliver from Legions, Synapse Sliver. Magic art vet Thomas Baxa was tapped to illustrate the card.

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."

2. Sketches

Here is Thomas's original pencil sketch. You can see how he nailed the twist on the normal Sliver talon, which you can see on Talon Sliver or Root Sliver.

3. Final Art

Here is a large version of the final piece. Take that, mind (and face) of some random Riptide unfortunate!

4. Card

Finally, here is the card as you can see it in booster packs.

Synapse Sliver

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