Sketches: Black Knight

Posted in Feature on June 25, 2009

By Wizards of the Coast

The challenge with doing a core set is that iconic cards need iconic art. Take Black Knight, which first appeared in Alpha:

Black Knight

For Fifth Edition, ol' Blackie got a bit of a revamp:

Black Knight

Now Black Knight is returning to the core set, and it's time for a new image. Here's the art description that went out to Christopher Moeller:

Color: Black creature
Location: unimportant
Action: This is the archetypal "black knight". He wears some sort of asymetrical plate armor, something akin to scorched brass, over a base of-rather than chainmail-black scales, perhaps fashioned from some horror. Show him on a black horse, maybe its ghastly, or breathes some, or has a skeletal head! He charges straight at the camera with a wicked-looking weapon of some kind in one hand and a spiked shield in the other -- a champion of evil.
Focus: the black knight
Mood: ruthless, fearless, merciless
Notes: the horse can be undead, but the knight himself isn't.

Christopher's first pass included an entourage to show that the knight was important enough to have a posse:

That's cool, but it was considered not visceral enough. Christopher was asked to do a version that engaged directly with the viewer, and he provided this:

Ah, now that's iconic. Christopher was given the go-ahead and provided this beautiful art, befitting a classic Magic card:

And here's how he'll appear in Magic 2010 packs!

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There are exactly sixteen cards that have been in every core set from Alpha to Tenth Edition. When Magic 2010 comes out, only eight cards will have been in every core set. Over the weeks before the Magic 2010 prerelease, we'll be counting them down in this special Arcana sub-feature, giving you an "IN" or "OUT" on one card a day. Step forward, Regeneration.

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