Provoking the Court

Posted in Feature on July 25, 2012

By Monty Ashley

There's a card in Magic 2013 called Courtly Provocateur. It looks like this:

Courtly Provocateur

The art description that was given to artist James Ryman was this:

Color: Blue creature

Location: A corpse-filled ballroom

Action: Show a female mage who holds a mask of your design that covers only the top half of her face. Below the mask, we can see her grinning mouth. She bows slightly as if she is being applauded by an unseen audience. Around her are several newly dead bodies (but keep it bloodless) – these are the victims of a multi-way standoff she orchestrated. She is dressed in an expensive-looking costume of your design (what would a mage wear to a party?).

Focus: The mage

Mood: You will fight if I say so. You will die if I wish.

And here's how the provocateur got from that description to the final art!

Courtly Provocateur | Sketch by James Ryman

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Initial Sketch: This sketch achieves the goal of "corpse-filled ballroom," but the Creative team asked for the grin to be toned down and for there to be a wider variety in victims.

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