October 15, 2012

New card art

Here are some recent Magic and Warcraft cards...
 I actually did the magic ones about a year ago.  They are redoing the guild signets for the latest card set and I was asked to visualize these crests.  Still feeling like I hadn't established myself with this client solidly, I wanted to make sure the art showcased more than just a simple logo, so I worked some scene elements and figures into them.  The trick was to add stuff but at a small size still have the card read as obviously a logo.  

Another interesting thing was that the original card art for these signets was done by the late, great Tim Hildebrandt, one of my original art heroes, and whose painting of a Snow Giant, bought 10 years ago adorns my studio wall.


  1. Damn, Mike! These pieces are fantastic. I really dig this post, beautiful work, man :)

    Also, that Hildebrandt piece.... so damn nice.

  2. Yeah to the Hildebrandt... it was one of those things in 2001 where I was on ebay and saw it and said "WTF you can buy this stuff?!?"

  3. Wow, I was wondering who did that Boros piece. I really dug it when it saw it in the previews. I love the lighting and the birds. And I'm totally jealous of the Hildebrandt.

  4. They're all clean, crisp and strong. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Excellent work Mike. I love the liquid (and creature) filled glass in the first, and the birds in the second are amazing.

    Is that a Hildebrandt original oil?!?

  6. Hey Craig, thanks...its Acrylic (the Hildebrandt)