Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A Top 10 and apparently no half

Yeah, so.....somehow, I had half a Dollarama 80 together and ready to post, and poof - the whole thing went away. Some blogger issue I have never had before as I went to edit and the whole thing went poof!

I'd try recreating it, but the cards are sorted and away....so sorry to leave you handing on that one as that was not expected. I guess this is the downside for sticking the cards away as I get the scanning done. As far as what was there, a couple Jays, a Bowman insert, and a bunch of dupes, so nothing too exciting specifically. I'd still have gone through it as it was fun, as always, opening and sorting through, but oops.

It does however let me focus on the showing what I consider to be the best of the artwork on Artifact Magic cards I own. So, at least there is that.

I will show them in chronological order because I think it helps to see how the style of artwork has changed over the years. Not that one is better than the other, but a clear move from drawn artwork to more of a CGI / sci fi working.

Early sets had simpler drawings, but that doesn't mean they were boring by any sense. Though not the most colourful, the detailed work makes it very clear that this is a shield of details and horrific design with the devilish face clear as day.

Living Wall was one of the first cards I really remember for the artwork because it is simple, but effective. You get the sense of this being a close up of a wall with the smooshed flesh in place. Again, a bit of scare in the design which was prevalent early on.

This is the Magic equivalent to a painted bowl of fruit. It may not seem like an exciting subject for artwork, but the detail and design shines through so clearly, that it just looks real (and quite pretty).

Colourful, while still presenting the subject matter in a realistic (well - as real as fantasy is) way. You get the size dynamics well in the picture, and the detail even in the veins on the hand just show through so well.

Magic does inanimate objects well, and here is another example. A simple petal, but the design of the power/light rings around and emanating from it, as well as the background light bursting away adds to the impact of what is simply, a petal.

Again, it's the detail in the artwork sometimes that really draws me in, and the detail on the skull design while still making it obviously a cage - just so well done and the space well used as you even get good detail on the chains.

What is one thing better than a big brute? A big brute who gets a nice sunset behind him and a nice glow from it gentle across the ground behind.

If I had to pick one artwork I like best, this would be it. This is an updated design from earlier ones which just focused on the round stone itself. Here you get a mountain which is a head, which has been milled down to mid-forehead. It doesn't need to be colourful at all, the realism of the mountain while encompassing the face is just done so perfectly.

It may be a joke set, but the artwork isn't a joke - it's bank of for a mad scientist, down to the wild look, colourful wires and baubles.

Lastly, the fountain here itself is great, including the reflection and look on the muck, but also, the detail in the background forest view and even the dragon head design - all well detailed and bring the picture to life. You can picture this being an actual place, and that is exactly what the design should be going for.

There you have it - 10 of the best artworks on the artifact cards that I have. May not be the only thing I was planning to post about today, but there you have it....man, that's going to bug me...boo to blogger (though I am sure it was probably my own doing..).


  1. That Millstone card is really awesome, definitely my favorite from this post!

  2. Millstone definitely looks like a piece of artwork hanging up in a museum or something. I'd call that my favorite too. Skullcage and Fountain of Ichor would be a distant 2nd and 3rd.