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Liliana Vess.  Card version by SteveArgyle Liliana Vess.  Card version by SteveArgyle
When Liliana blows a kiss, it can crack the earth's crust, spewing out molten planet as though Mother-Gaia herself were nothing more than a giant, white-hot whipped-cream filled balloon.

However, it is an ultimately sexy wake of annihilation; you'd die happy.
Here we see the lovely Mistress of Death showing off her sleek new dress of hideous, screaming doom. Woven entirely from the shredded hopes of the unfortunate souls who've crossed her. (Which, as it turns out, makes a comfortable, breathable material which accentuates both shapeliness, and pure smoldering evil.)

As is not uncommon for me, I have two versions of this card. One that's a little simpler, clearer, and so will work better when shrunk down to card size. And another, that is dripping with detail and extras, that would pretty much look like super grainy multi-color sand at card size. So I give you both the official version, and the blingtastic version.

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

Dress design by Devourobot VII, High-Fashion Robot Cannibal.

More on my website: www.steveargyle.com
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:iconqjs83:
qjs83 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Epic I love your art thank to you I start  playing magic card again keep up the good work and thank you very much 
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:iconjbookwyrm:
jbookwyrm Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Favorite art of my favorite planeswalker!
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:iconsaiyan5nine-tails:
Saiyan5Nine-Tails Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
When I bought my first Innistrad packs, I got her in one of them it...As a foil, no less.
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trippinxtremezebra Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
spending 30 USD on that card was so worth it.
i love how the colors blend so well! loveeeee it!

also, the cleavage yes....
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MandoGirl22 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very pretty :D
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:iconrogue7:
Rogue7 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Beautiful, Love the blending of the colours, especially the satin on the corset
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mikehollowhead Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
ah had the original liliana, but ah traded it ta a friend the second ah saw him pull this one in a pack cause this is the most gorgeous card-art of her EVER.
now when ah declare "ah call lili." everyone at the table swear's.
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xEmaTheVampire Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
This was the first Planeswalker I ever got, when I pulled her out of the pack I was awestruck, both by the stroke of luck and how gorgeous she was. She's always been in my top 3 favourite cards, in art personality and abilities, I love her :D So masterfully, deviously, beautifully evil, she is.
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EvensternDragon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I have this Planeswalker in my deck! I LOVE HER!!!!
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:iconchanuchi:
Chanuchi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
O.o I got this on a plastic bag after buying some magic the gathering cards last year.
Amazing to find that artwork back here now.
Amazing I even remember that it was on a plastic bag...
Proof how amazing this artwork is I guess.
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eastphoto99 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I got a print of this at Comic Con this year. I just love this image, I first saw it on a bag from my local gaming store, and looked for it on line, but did not know the artist. I found your both at Comic Con and you had a huge standee of this image. I was so thrilled I was able to get a print of it. The last one actually. Any advice for someone wanting to get into a career in fantasy/SYFI illustration? Keep up the great work and I will be back to your booth at comic con next year.
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NetBug Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I can't believe they are getting rid of this Vess, in favour of the image they use for Vess of the dark realms. This one is far more awesome, and far more Vess then that image... what else could show the perfect match of deadliness and sexiness (so you don't care about the former) so well.
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Lord-Noctifer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anna Paquin, Goth Planeswalker.
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Alexis-Asuka-Rhodes Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
AMAZING job like always!! Very soon i cosplay her!! *_* You are absolutely my favourite Magic designer!! Come in italy to sign my MTG cards please!!! ^___=
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CBJumbie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
for being over 100.... UNF UNF UNF
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billygoat654 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
daym! always thought she was hot on da cards but this is the design they shoulda used :D
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:icondemikz:
Demikz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
It's Beautiful!!! I'm so Jealous of your skills.
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:iconexaltedsentinel:
ExaltedSentinel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see Wizards of the Coast gathers only the best artists. That is clear from the new Liliana art. Fantastic!!!
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Michael7S Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012   Interface Designer
:omfg: WOW! :wow: :shocked: :deviation: :heartbreaker: :+favlove: :)
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lances-wings Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist
God your commentary cracks me up XDD
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:iconrandombrooke:
randombrooke Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
G'AH! I NEED HER!!!! need need need!!! she is my favorite! great freaking art!OMG!!!!<3<3<3
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iCannons Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Sir, I like how you're a cynical comedic genius as well as a fantastic artist. Good combination, that.
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Blackheart1364 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally got her!! Art is unbelievable, even on such a tiny scale! Thank you for being so awesome!
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:iconvioletsarenotblue:
violetsarenotblue Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow! That celebrity of Innistrad! Amazing Work :D
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MusicLover5645 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
A Liliana Vess card will soon be mine.Liliana will be an absolute value to the deck I'm constructing.
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IvySun Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this for a cosplay might actually be doable. hmmmmm.
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KittyTheGrimm Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Oh my goodness!!!! You are amazing!!! I only recently started playing magic, innistrad being my first fat pack EVER and the new Liliana is an absolute goddess! Gorgeous and dangerous. Simply a work of pure art! Must have her dress tee hee!
I can not fave this picture enough!
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bartirix Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
y..... y..... YOU DID DRAW THAT? IT IS AMAZING!
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Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. Much better and nicer outfit than before (and another planeswalker to hunt for my collection).
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MisterTotality Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Cannot choose! Must :+fav: both versions! :wow:
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Serafiend Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I totally love your new Lili, I really hope I pull her at the prerelease. Also shows that black cards don't always have to be all dark to look good.
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DayGon180 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
my good sir i am ganna buy 3 booster boxes on inistrad when i comes out, may be a case of booster boxes, but 3 for sure. if i pull (wicth am ganna be awmazingly pissed if i don't) a liliana out off those boosters can i send it to you so you could sign it for me?
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sure thing! (Email me for the address.)
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:icondaygon180:
DayGon180 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
hell yeah!!!! thank you!!!!
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tatterpillar Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
I just read about a Halloween contest from Gathering Magic [link] this year (official announcement will be made closer to Halloween) and I am thinking about tackling this costume (the extras version would probably break the bank).

What is that thing around her neck? Anyone? I can't tell how large it is. I would also love material suggestions for this piece :)
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure if Wizards had anything in particular in mind, (they had some concept art worked up already,) but I interpreted it as a werewolf fur shawl.
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franja2190 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
What card is this one? D:!
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:iconluminstyle:
luminstyle Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the colors
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:iconcyllanpennor:
CyllanPennor Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student General Artist
You are brilliant at capturing characters! this oozes out evil sexiness with a touch of demure killing intent. Simply the best Liliana version to date. beuaituful.
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HuntedComics Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Simply amazing. Steve, you're one of my favorite magic artists! Keep up the awesome work!
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:iconjonnyschweer:
JonnySchweer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Dear god I'd really consider giving my soul to her.
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:iconyokopyro:
YokoPyro Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sexy boots are annihilation-inducing and sexy!
Very cool, as always :)
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:icondashinvaine:
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
I've met her, she's a minx alright... Nicely done.

Background looks familiar... The 'Sea of Steps' at Wells Cathedral?
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:iconmr-rice:
Mr-Rice Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Massive fan of The Vess!! In some ways I prefer this version. I would say pure and simple but well.....
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Nice
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:iconhrhtomas:
hrhtomas Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
That looks like a chain mail handkerchief; very lady-like.
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MoofyKitten Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn, I wish I had this card in time for you to sign it at GenCon. I'm coming for your signature Steve! And a playmat for you to doodle to your heart's content!
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AlexanderDario Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
I have nothing to say about this pic just... WOW!!
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:iconmanuil:
Manuil Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
I can't find the right words to describe this beautiful work with the words it deserves.
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:iconesemese:
esemese Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional
beautiful work as always!
and yeah, I'd die really really happy!
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