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Killing Wave by SteveArgyle Killing Wave by SteveArgyle
Liliana illustrates, with little room for misinterpretation, what she thinks of uninvited carolers at her door.

And you know these folks probably had decent singing voices, being angels and all.

I went a little nuts researching bird anatomy for this piece. I’d always wondered just how an angel could be built to actually work. This is the first step, a plausible skeleton. Since then, I’ve been tinkering with designs that would look functional, but not too weird once the skin and such was put back on them. These ones would be mighty pigeon-chested. (I know, corny choice of words. Look, there’s just no better descriptive term. Stop yelling! I’m sorry! Don’t hit me!)

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

Angels courtesy of “No Questions Asked Bizarre Engagements Escort Service.” Even though we purchased the premium insurance/replacement package, they were still peeved with the condition we brought them back in.
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DarkRiderDLMC Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
featured in my surprise box
Tapped-Out-99 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
 We have featured your art on our MTG fan page. Please come like and share.

Odwynne Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Fabulous work! I always wonder and imagine what fighting angels or demons would like and I think this is right on the money. I also like the details on her dress and boots and that she is either flying or levitating to meet and beat her foes.
xXkiraXo Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Holy lord. I cant put into words just how breathtaking this piece is...
kingsedwin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
wow amazing
icefox94 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
"I come looking for demons and I find a plane full of angels. I hate angels."

*Pats lili's back* i know how you feel. i especially hate Iona. freaking drudge decks...

i love liliana and you illustrate her beautifully. this has got to be my favorite MtG art, with Liliana of the Veil coming in in a close second. wonderful work. ^^
Kierran5 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
amazing work. it's awesome to see all of the work that goes into the magic cards, all of you who draw them have amazing talent. hope to join all of you one day. ^_^
Juhupainting Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Thats a cool one!
lynxlynxlynx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I love the look on her face!
kaze26 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
very awesome
nitegrafix Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank goodness for people like you. That's real skills.
ZacharyPulley Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Writer
Urza857 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I love this card so much and the flavor text. Its pure Lili through and through lol.
akgreene Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That certainly explains why you have some of the best winged creature art in Magic - the effort and attention to detail in anatomy really shows.
Insider1138 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it, great view of Liliana's personality. Is there any chance of you producing this into a large version for a desktop wallpaper? I think this would be an awesome one.
JesperJotun Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Still my fav art from Avacyn. You handle the lady Plainswalkers beautifully sir!
xDragod Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
This is amazing and I'd love to get it on a playmat! Your site seems to be down right now, but in the ~5 minutes I was able to access it, I couldn't figure out how to purchase a mat. I believe some other art said that mats were available for purchase?
KiddoPerez Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
incredible o_O it's so beautiful
Suez-H3 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Fantastic art.
Hakkyou-no-Yami Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012

she disintegrated them with a simple wave of her hand....
VR85 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Incredible work.
supermarioART Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Spectacular!Great lighting and colors!;-)
Anchaing Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
It looks so real... I am just baffled by your work!! Amazing!
Nobeone Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
So cool seeing this.. as I actually run this card in my Magic Deck. Its a pretty amazing card actually! Some people get to do the art for the sucky cards.. you obviously got to do the art for the EPIC card.
CybertronianAllstar Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is three shades of awesome!! Great work!
EthnisArt Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it because you're always painting for MTG or are red and black your favorite colors to paint with?
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I do tend to end up with a lot of red in much of my work. Magic likes vibrant, over the top artwork, so I push it a little.
Rynver Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This could actually be a better piece if you gave the lady a more downward, empress like appeal.
face and leg position being emphasis, she could be almost "dominating" via death that she expressed out.
TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Lilliana <3
GreaterAlinoe Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Excellent ! ^^
Carles Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love the way you researched anatomy, and the chest bone structure for attaching the muscles used for flying. If angels were to fly, this is certainly how they would look indeed. And it gives room for imagination to try and figure out how these creatures look with flesh on.
Hat off !
JDAntoine Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great piece of art, to bad the card isn't the best for constructed.

Nontheless, you're still the best of the new skool ^^
beachelf Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
:icondennisblakeplz: Awesomeness!
MsJack Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is gorgeous!!
ClaytonBarton Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Awesome work.
peccatori Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that's amazing!
kan0ots Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
... probably why all the angels are female. they need space for those bones.
Garapan Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This was shared in these places today-

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I-Am-DeVan Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This was my first rare in the new set.
WendyLynn Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your descriptions are hilarious. I think it would probably have to do with the hollow bones, but yeah, we would probably need a stronger scapula and sternum to balance out the extra bones on our shoulders...
Ragehoof Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I always figured angels in Magic just worked the way they did because they were constructs made of raw magical power. o.O
Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! This looks incredible on its own!
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DevilsPhotographer Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes! So much yes!
Jobsicon Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy o.o the wings look nice
Cloister Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really nicely placed skelatal winged things! Well composed!
SolidusSupremus Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;) Awesome detail, this work is Epic.
DarkLordDaishi Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Awesome Job!
warrior-of-tzeentch Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I love the look of this piece. The lighting, angle, and everything just come together awesomely. All the bird anatomy research also adds to the impressiveness, by designing things that could actually anatomically function.
Silverfang-SteelWolf Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Even on other planes of existence carolers are despised.
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