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Liliana Vess.  Extras version by SteveArgyle Liliana Vess.  Extras 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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:icongenzekminaev:
GeNZeKMinaeV Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
incredible....
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:iconrickyrhodes92:
RickyRhodes92 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
one of my favourite planeswalkers
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Colinttx Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Hello M. Argyle! We were chatting with friends and wanted to know: which one of the Lilianas ('official' one or 'bling-bling' one) is the original? Which is the first you made?

Love your paintings, etc.
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:iconkirschbeere:
Kirschbeere Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love it. Maybe I'll cosplay it next year
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:iconwraithbabe17:
wraithbabe17 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, I love the use of the chains.
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:iconmechanicalvalkyrie:
mechanicalvalkyrie Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I really like this version of her - but you're probably right that the details would be too small for the cards. When seeing such awesome illustrations I sometimes wish that M:tG cards were bigger ... but on the other hand, oversized cards would be impractical.
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:iconseimeisamarian:
seimeisamarian Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Magnificent indeed, I am in awe...
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:iconchdmann:
chdmann Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it so wrong that after seeing this piece, I have a crush on Lilliana?

Where's Jace to mind-wipe when I need him?
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:iconcarlsou:
carlsou Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
muito bom seu trabalho
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:iconcarlsou:
carlsou Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
i like
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:iconmarikelricxiii:
MarikElricXIII Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
awesome
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:iconflatline1980:
Flatline1980 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
you create beautiful art.. thank you for such a wonder thing you do..
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:iconelsierichards:
ElsieRichards Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Eloquent...
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:iconzoroii:
ZOROII Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
love it totaly impressive
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:iconhelcarver:
Helcarver Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, it’s Liliana in a corset!

Vs the Dark Realms (M13) drawing by another artist which is Liliana in a Core Set.
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:iconpunkirockkid:
PunkiRockKid Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
delicious!lol
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:iconandrew-sturges:
Andrew-Sturges Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Wow. Especially after having seen the version seen on the card, this version is really amazing!
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:iconkingsedwin:
kingsedwin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
great work
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:iconwiccanrose15:
Wiccanrose15 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Absolutely stunning.
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:iconmandogirl22:
MandoGirl22 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
She's beautiful but in a deadly sort of way.
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:iconnanymous:
Nanymous Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Would you mind if i referenced this for a sculpture im working on?
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:iconvickygb:
vickygb Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
so great artwork :) welldone
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image! Charmed and Beauty ! Good job ![link]
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:iconcroba:
Croba Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
which software did you use?
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:iconkaylashadows:
KaylaShadows Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
This is beautiful! Love it
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TrabiaWasStaged Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I promised myself that I wouldn't fave this until I was able to pull one from a pack, because otherwise I was going to be taunting myself.

Finally pulled one today, love the art for it, and I wish that the myriad of extras would've been able to not be "super grainy multi-color sand at card size," because this is amazing work.
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arawn299 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
My favorite art of all MTG. Liliana is my favourite character, and you made her charismatic and sexy and moreover her eyes are very vivid. Thanks a lot for this artwork!
PS:In 13 years of Magic, I never seen an artist as good as you are.
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DressyDung Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
awesome
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ComporreWhich Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student
details О_О
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
:wave::huggle:

This sublim artwork has been featured in my journal: [link]

:iconhappydayplz:
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:iconangreumachmor:
Angreumachmor Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
ooh so very very shiny me like!
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Weird-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Oh shit! dude that's awesome~
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doolhoofd Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
:iconplusfav:
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DarkLordSevron Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
I definitely would've preferred to see this version printed on the card than the cleaner one. This is awesome.
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NetBug Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Following up on what Darthnazrael said, you can find the image in question below

[link]
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Darthnazrael Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I hate to be the one to point this out, but I saw this piece on the news tonight. Apparently, one of the purveyors of those dangerous 'bath salts' drugs really likes your art, because this piece has found its way onto the cover of a brand called Lady Blanc. You can google it. I feel bad giving it any more publicity here, but I thought you should know about the (assumed) misuse of your work.
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:icondragonvampriss:
DragonVampriss Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, that looks amazing!
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:iconsheyd:
Sheyd Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Lovely work
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:iconmadwilly2006:
madwilly2006 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My girl also wants THIS outfit. Apparently she wants to wear just about every outfit you paint.
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:iconmerika:
Merika Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was looking up pictures of Liliana on Google and clicked on this one, artist is a member of deviantart. *mind blown* This is my favorite art of her. You are amazing. I wish I could shake your hand.
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Urza857 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
I want a playmat so bad
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:iconsteveargyle:
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Available on my website! www.steveargyle.com
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:iconkittyperez:
Kittyperez Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well... A VERY AWESOME ART !
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:iconfamaulu:
famaulu Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Awesone!!!
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supermarioART Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!Incredible details!;-)
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Taztempest Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Just wanted to say that I love both versions of this Liliana, but I prefer this art to the one used by WotC ; simple opinion, engages only me.
I can't figure out if you only paint or if you also model in your arts ; anyway, I would be very happy to have only the tenth of your talent in painting and in modeling (seeing your work on Thalaasa, I'm speechless). Bravo !
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AmericanVigor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
The detail is impeccable. You have successfully enabled Liliana's devious, yet enchanting wit to be embodied by her smile. Her avid passion for necromancy and her narcissistic empowerment at the expense of others is conveyed ubiquitously throughout the image through the juxtaposition of the numerous skulls and treacherous fires that line her surroundings with her refined and ornate appearance.

Excellent work.
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valeskamoura Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omg, wonderful!
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LevanaTempest Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautyful work!:heart:

It would be my honor to feature your work in:iconhigh-vision:

Regards,

Claudia
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DaviKretzmann Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Oh dear Liliana... keeps getting better... xD
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