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Jace's Ingenuity by SteveArgyle Jace's Ingenuity by SteveArgyle
Jace Belerin. Master mixologist, blue things enthusiast, and literal plumbing wizard.

Here we see Jace in a dreamlike moment of introspection and invention. Unlike me, this sort of dream does not cause Jace to wet the bed.

There aren't many paintings of Jace in which he's actually wielding his element - it's usually just glowy blue squiggles. I've always liked rendering challenges. And water is one of the toughies. So I decided to go just bonkers with it.

Check out the original sketch for how overboard I almost went with this, when it had been planned as a textless, vertical format card.


For Magic: the Gathering. Copyright Wizards of the Coast. Art directed by Jeremy Jarvis.


Because water is hard to work with in a photoshoot, for reference we used collected alien drool-spooge, slathered onto saran wrap, dried with a hairdryer, and bent into shape. Special thanks to H. R. Giger for letting us borrow a few aliens for the day.

Our condolences to Ensign Johnny Redofshirt, who did not realize what his brief, but passionate love affair with a charming face-hugger would ultimatly mean.

And congratulations Ms. Facehugger Redofshirt, on your new baby!


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Viron7 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 20, 2016
My foil promo of this is rather striking. Does a great job of drawing attention to an uncommon, by having the shiniest of arts.
icechibi21 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
holy crap your artwork is magnificent
NonieR Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
"Unlike me, this sort of dream does not cause Jace to wet the bed."

You cause Jace to wet the bed? Why and how?

(slaps Nonie the Grammarian to make her behave)

Cool work! And I'm jealous of people who have interesting dreams, besides. ;) Mine just seem to involve a lot of trudging around inside generic buildings, not glorious fountains of magic.

Mind you, interesting dreams come in all kinds; a writer friend just told me she had a stunning dream about Idris Elba in the glorious nude except for a pair of argyle socks. Luckily, that doesn't seem to be an actual kink of hers; she interprets it as her need to stop playing the wise elder statesman all the time and let herself be a squeeing fangirl now and then.
NashobaNowa625 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
My friend used this card in a game awhile back, it's so cool I found it here. Awesome work :D 
PiplupSTARSCommander Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
That is a wonderful job!!!
Niji-No-Kuroi-Bara Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Absolutely stunning work~~ La la la la  Love the choice and usage of colours, looks fantastic :heart: Wonderful job with the water! Totally love your description of this piece as well, witty, interesting and informative :D (Big Grin) 
WindMasterArceus Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
IS this the new art for M15?
mechanicalvalkyrie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I really like this waterbending version of Jace :)
As hard as this is to see at card-size, I think this would have been better than Igor Kieryluk's version, actually. No offense to Mr. Kieryluk, but I really, really love Steve Argyle's style. I don't think I've seen one picture he's done that I haven't liked.
Beast258 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
This is probably my favorite picture I've seen of Jace. Hope wizards uses your picture for some card!
XDragonWolfXD Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
absolutely amazing work! I love very much.
Tapped-Out-99 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
I love your art.

We have featured your art on our MTG fan page. Please come like and share.

Thank you

ZOROII Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I am knockout front all your pieces
PunkiRockKid Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
randomeye713 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
god damn it
the description is way better than the picture
00Ice-Queen00 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beat me to it, dang it
mmmmaga Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
May I fall in love? beautiful art and beautiful personality it seems, quite fun.
Alkenstine Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
rule one of Jace: never fuck with Jace
rule two of Jace: if you fuck with Jace kiss your ass goodbye
NanamiNara Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
My favourite planeswalker and my favourite colour ;) Really amazing work!!
SDWFjermex Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so amazing. Jace will always be a game changer.
Razzmatazzy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
My god, does your talent know no bounds?

That looks like water, no way around it and you're totally right, they always depict him with blue squigglies and it's like, wow, how threatening. I look at this however and my immediate thought is, "New Orleans just started crying again."

Also, thank you for introducing me to the words 'alien splooge'. So many uses for that word...
ghosten27 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
ZackFailed Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I'm really impressed, I'm usually not a fan of this character but this artwork makes me love it.
BlakkWolfZero Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
whoops didn't see your comment NephilV lol.
BlakkWolfZero Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Absolutely beautiful
iatemypencils Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome work!
weingang Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Wait a minute, I know for a fact they used tubs(and I did mean tubs not tubes) of KY Jelly for the Alien Drool in all the movies. So, are you saying...?
By and by you are still one of my favorite artists and I think your command of H2O or KY Jelly for that matter is pretty astonishing.
Please, keep it up.
FragginFreddy Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Ha! ...redshirts...
Crichton-John Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
WOW! This is amazing! The water is very well done!
falconair Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love that the manifestation is symmetrical, and Jace himself isn't. The water texture is fantastic, and the lighting really makes this piece. I also really like that you've taken the blue mage's powers outside the typical realm of mind magic!
szymonwydra Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
This is soooo much better than Igor Kieryluk's work (whom i respect very much BTW).

It just illustrates this card so ideally -

Jace, the Mind Sculptor soaring by the sheer will of his powerfull mind in a moment of perfect enlightment with the blue element dancing around.
gizburg Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen on that bed wetting thing, amIright??
Eldunayri Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So. Gorgeous.

I must now get a foil one for my have collection.

Terrific work!
Eldunayri Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stupid auto correct *Jace
karelforever Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011   Digital Artist
PrimeTorch Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Excelent work!!

Is this artwork on a magic card?
I don't play anymore, but I don't remember to have it ever seen before...
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yup. It's the promo version of the card by the same name.
PrimeTorch Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist

It'd be cool to have that one!
Again, compliments for the excelent work you've done!!
Degonia Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Brucebruce11 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
DrawerKray Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Señor, hago una obasión, me encanta su arte, una de las razones por las que me gusta Magic.
Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, I wanted to say that I also liked the one you did with his hood down.
Eldynamo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Amazing! You just raised the bar!
RustyLemons Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
I really like what you did with this art, it really puts the blue in Jace. Me and my friends are proxying cards for Cube, would you mind if we used this art to make a full art proxy for one of our cards, we kinda like making custom card and applying them to foil blanks.
Me-n-d-122-lozenges Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Really nice. I love how you portrayed his element.
Di-kilala Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student General Artist
This is amazing!
bixrd Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
I love you.
petipoa Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Artist
this should be a daily deviation each day
Nathaniel130 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Wow this is incredible (even if the actual card isn't my fav, this art is some of the best in M12). I must say Jace looks much olde here! Not his usual 18 - 20 looking self, more like late 20's or 30.
ondination Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
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