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Guul Draz Vampire by SteveArgyle Guul Draz Vampire by SteveArgyle
The spider abstractions are so abound in this particular peice as to seriously call into question my capacity for an original thought.

Usually, when I'm stuck creatively, I go to the least likely corners of nature for inspiration. Monsters? Hmm... I'll look at some flowers. Angels? I think I'll look up "deep sea monstrosities." Samurai? I'll Google platypus.

That way, I don't quite as often end up with a concept that's been done to death. Even if I am wantonly plagarizing Mother Natures acid-trip inventions.

That's today's lesson to aspiring creatives out there.

On this particular peice, even though they're not so far from typical vampire lore, spiders took over my brainmeats.

Turned out alright though, no?

Copyright WotC, Magic the Gathering.

Art Directed by Jeremy Jarvis.

Digital Spider Wrangling by "Arachniche Solurions and Fast Food Delivery."

Wallpapers, prints, and paraphenalia on my website. [link]
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:iconluckystampede:
LuckyStampede Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
I think it's worth comparing this to the infamous Spider-Woman cover, and figuring out why yours works so well while that one just...didn't. 
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GeNZeKMinaeV Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
unreal
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:iconcal-mckendry:
Cal-McKendry Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Always thought shoulder and elbow talons were a cool addition to the Zendikar vampires. This peice was what first drew me into playing magic, I blame you for my empty wallet. I saw this peice in an Imagine FX magazine, 2-page spread, and proceeded to collect all your vampires from that set. Thing that made me laugh hardest was reading that you were born in Salt lake. I was born in Provo. You instantly became one of my favourite artists, and are definitely an inspiration as I aim for my own art career. Thank you for playing such an influencial part in my life.
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:iconthejohn59:
THEJOHN59 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Une pose assez spectaculaire et une beau résultat
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:iconinnxx:
INNXX Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
OMG!! Bloody beautiful...stunning detail.. Featured here www.ultimateeditionoz.com/foru… Thank you and congratulations on this magnificent work :)
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:iconsuperhero88:
superhero88 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
This is my favorite card just because of the art.
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"Angels? I think I'll look up deep sea monstrosities!"
My hero, your brain works just like mine! :D
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:iconcyuubbi:
Cyuubbi Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
wow
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:iconannagrimm:
AnnaGrimm Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my favourite!
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:iconjbaulmont:
JBaulmont Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013   General Artist
Wow great picture!
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:iconkingsedwin:
kingsedwin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
cool
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:iconcinemajack:
cinemajack Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Hell yeah!
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:iconle-meridian:
Le-Meridian Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello !! Happy New Year :D Your amazing work is featured [link]
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:iconjoe-4-kerr:
Joe-4-Kerr Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very unexpected angle. Looks really nice.
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:iconzombieduke:
ZombieDuke Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Love this picture and love the description :)
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:iconsunshine-discodogma:
sunshine-discodogma Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
always one of my favorite mtg artworks
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LadyDayDream Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:la: I squealed like some young high schooler when I saw this in your gallery. My love for this card's art is how my husband convinced me to start playing magic :giggle: :D
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:iconinsanepayne:
Insanepayne Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
I wonder why spiders do come up in various vamp lore. Because they suck things dry maybe? I'd research it but am lazy right now.
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Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:pumpkin: Happy pre-Halloween :pumpkin:
You have been featured in The pre-HALLOWEEN bash begins !! >> [link]
Enjoy & may your Halloween be spooky and full of treats !! :evillaugh:
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Sparky1319 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks amazing :) well done
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:iconmaurodesanraf:
maurodesanraf Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
she sexy
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:iconscarease:
Scarease Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i have this Card and will alway love it Vampire card rule.As Long as the are not the My opponent must have ten or less life for it abilities to work.
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DinosaurCraig Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
wait you did the art for the card?
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:iconragnarok6664:
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Splendid!:thumbsup:
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:iconurdeadlydesire:
UrDeadlyDesire Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Writer
Her hair!:la:
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:iconqueenlol858:
queenlol858 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student General Artist
THAT IS SOOO COOL
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:iconxakana:
xakana Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool
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:iconkaaaay:
kaaaay Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic, just epic!
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:iconmychemicalromance199:
MyChemicalRomance199 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool and panther like
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Ratzio Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional
I love the design, the pose and the lighting of the character!!! wow
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EwyTheAwesomest Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Wow... just wow.
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9threaver Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
i love this sort of tribal vampire and those elbow spikes are a cool idea, i guess they help them to climb the trees better?
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OutlawedToons Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
One of my top 4 vamp pics of all time!
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SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha saw these things on a MTG card I have. Cool to see you on deviantART.
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F-I-R-E-M-O-N-G-E-R Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I like the tattoos. Are they singular to her, or are they like clan marks?
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:iconhelyna:
Helyna Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Very nice picture ! You can do an other draw of this character ? Because she is very beautyfull ^^
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:iconsinvanity:
Sinvanity Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The pose... the moment... *,..,*
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:icontfsakon:
TFSakon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Very very nice.
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:iconfamaulu:
famaulu Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Great work!
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:icongodfallen:
godfallen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
I want to thank you so much for being the guy that i feel completely redesigned the MtG vampires.
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roseofsin Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
gahh, sorry bout the dubble post but my key bords mising the b button and I didn't prof read it before hiting send.
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:iconroseofsin:
roseofsin Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I do have a question, ut having oth cards is both Vampire Lacerator and Guul Draz Vampire. from the same clan?
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:iconsteveargyle:
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good question. I'd imagine so.
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:iconroseofsin:
roseofsin Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
i tend oagree asthe markings, on both is almost the sameon both.
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o0Magnus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
interesting concept
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:iconausrakel:
AusraKel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very beautiful work
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:iconzaradh:
Zaradh Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful composition!
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iCannons Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Do you write your own flavor text, or do they have someone else do that? Because with your cynical wit, sharp as the thorns growing from her elbows Platypus style, I think they should pay you for that too.
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That'd be fun! But they've got a whole team of writers for that sort of thing. Besides, if I wrote the flavor text, the game may take a decidedly absurd turn.

Also there would be way more sexy cards. Way more. Maybe a whole arc. "Champions of Kama Sutra," or the like.

This is seeming more and more like a great idea...
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iCannons Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
I'll say. Magic The Gathering: The Nymphology. The Nymphonomicon. Nymph green and blue and white cards? Black cards would be like BDSM maybe?
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