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Chosen of Markov by SteveArgyle Chosen of Markov by SteveArgyle
The working title for this piece was "Willing Victim." You see, this girl has fallen to the oldest ploy in fiction. She wants the handsome, ageless, flowing white haired vampire hunk to take her away from this dreary existence. This he does by not actually changing anything, except that now her same dreary existence will last forever, she has to eat people, and the sun will kill her. So yeah, she's totally making out on this deal.

Anyway, that's what the ribbon is about. It's her sign, as she struts right in through the gates of Stensia, that she really wants Markov to give her the business, vampire style. Which of course isn't nearly as hot as it sounds. It's over in five seconds and all you've got to show for it is a slobbery-cold and punctured neck.

Still, Markov would eat Edward for breakfast and still have room for a Denny's Grand Slam.

For Magic the Gathering, copyright Wizards of the Coast. Art direction by Jeremy Jarvis.

The model for this piece would like to mention that she is hot, her boobs are real, and that you should all send her $5. Yes, she really said this.
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Student General Artist
This description amuses me greatly
JesseLeach Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
lold from the description
LaucianTG Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
wow, she's right she is hot!
Senthai Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
So it's a Twilight fangirl in the world of MTG.
Hessta Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
One of my fav flavour cards from innistrad. i would put it kinda like this: If you cannot outrun the darkness, all you can do is to become a shadow yourself.
ASingleHeart Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Wonderful work! Great character! :clap:
forgehe Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
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GamerMutt Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have the card. Pretty sweet and helpful in a black vamp deck. Jealous of all the artwork I see in magic cards, especially the double sided cards ;P
Ninjeh Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
1. Who is the model for this, can't send her $5 if we don't know.

2. Is this inspired by Tess of the D'urbervilles?

3. There is a (... how else can I put it but) cult following of Steve Argyll down in Australia, that I thought I should make you aware of. We love your art, your attitude and everything you've done (especially the stuff wizards asked you to stop doing). I stumbled upon your account randomly and well #fangasm. Would love to see you come down for... any event.
Two-Out-of-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I have this card and have always admired the artwork on it. <3
Alkenstine Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
still a better love story than twilight
mikael-lem Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Man, I keep this card in my deck only because of your illustration ...
madwilly2006 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of my all time magic favorites
The-Doyle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Initially when I saw this card it looked as though she was the chosen of Markova in that she should not be harmed, since in the lore he sees vampirism as a curse and a degree of beauty in life at times. It seemed as though the red band was a sign to other vampires that she shouldn't be bitten. Anyway nice work :)
Feeling-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
hsdhgfjhf its so lovely! *A*
and the description xDD
RobertStudio22 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
really amazing detail love the lighting and how dark and fragile she looks but the card transformation make her look even more lovely and dark and sexy. very lovely colors and very great detail you put into this work great job on this
ArtbroSean Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's excellent. I really like the lighting effect on the skin and fabric.
wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
:D gorgeous work!
RoseRed99 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Not going to lie, I totally favorited this because the description had me cracking up.
MrPryminista Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oooo, she's pretty
gremstein Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Any chance of some pics of the model?
Kudbuloken Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Very nice work !
What is the adress to send her $5 ? Sorry, I think I will directly give her the money... It's more securized.
Fairyblush Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous!
She looks so innocent and content.
Woodentooth Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Writer
This is one of my favorite Magic arts in recent history. An entire page of my trades binder is filled with this card specifically because I like the art.
jayroejohnson Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Man, this is really good.
xXArtimisXx Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love the artwork! But who is Markov? :confused:
Raynor1111 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Markov is the name of a family of vampires that rule Innistrad, a plane in Magic: The Gathering populated by humans, as well as a cadre of undead or horrific monsters (Zombies, Werewolves, etc...).
xXArtimisXx Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, I see. Thank you!
Skys-Gal Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously, this looks just like my friend Miranda.
ghosthost100 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
and opened a pack and got her im new to magic so i don't think pros play her, but I will no matter what
GTSReviewer Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Writer
Your descriptions are the best man =)!
smilelovehope Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
im not sure what it is about this piece, but i love it :D
manypelroso Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work!
GB-EX Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
When you say "Markov", are you referring to Sorin Markov? Or simply the Markov family?

From the Dark Ascension trailer (particularly when Sorin says "Others, sensing the inevitable, give themselves... freely"), I always thought Chosen of Markov was simply a girl who was chosen to become a vampire by a random Markov family member.
skyhart24 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Just started playing magic and recognized this from a promo video! Your art is so awesome *O* Not saying I could come even close to achieving this, but purely out of curiosity, how do you get commissioned to draw art for Magic?
TheWereCactus Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Love the card. especially because she turns from chaste maiden to sexy vixen. : )
Paulthored Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
:thumbsup: OH :D YEAH!! :thumbsup:
BaronArawn Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Personally one of my favorite cards to play in this set and favorite art. Great Job!
sannupalm Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Artist
WOW she is hot oO.
tenchibaka Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
so when i saw this i thought of the campfire story about the girl who were a ribbon around her neck and never took it off..... and then i read the description and was so disappointed for like 20 seconds XD
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Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I have two of this card for my vampire deck.

Still, Markov would eat Edward for breakfast and still have room for a Denny's Grand Slam.

That line made me lol.
Stay70573 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Who was the model o-O?
Komikino Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Full of Win due to the Denny's Grand Slam remark. :)
BardicLasher Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
I just absolutely love this piece. I made a very strong point to get a foil copy of this card ASAP.
gkb3rk Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
dude it looks like my sister
BobtheSkull666 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! I wish I could draw like this...

I might, eventually (in a decade, maybe). Practice makes perfect, eh? Till then, I'll just stick with admiration. ^_^
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