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Praetor's Grasp by SteveArgyle Praetor's Grasp by SteveArgyle
Sheoldred, Evile Creepstress Extraordinaire, sucking the essence from an unfortunate Mirrodinian, who's only crime was to be foolish enough to inquire after the sign outside, "Free Whatever it is that Delicious Humanoids Like!"

The model described having her soul devoured as "kind of hot, tickly, and slippery like a bubble bath! ... But also horror braided with agony and pure despair, indescribable by the feebleness of words. Can I get my $20 and go now?"

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

Special thanks to Lady Gaga for lending me her as-yet-unrevealed "spider-minotaur demoness" dress, made entirely out of the shattered dreams of orphans.
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:icondoctamagickfingaz:
Doctamagickfingaz Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Aw, the description slays me.
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:iconseptic-art:
Septic-Art Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
does artist description counts as art? I keep smiling everytime I read these.
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:icondoubtingthomas:
doubtingthomas Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Well, damn, good sir, it's now your fault that I'll hear the "Leather Pants" version of Bad Romance in my head whenever I look at Sheoldred.

I'm kidding, I already did.




Always.
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:icongrim-show:
grim-show Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
I love your icon, is it a reference to Metalocalypse?
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:icondoubtingthomas:
doubtingthomas Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks! No, actually, it's just me noodling on guitar. I think I'd already had it a couple years before Metalocalypse was a thing.

That said, I do like Metalocalypse. :D
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:icongrim-show:
grim-show Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
The twitchy eye makes me giggle. That being said, I've either had too much sugar or not enough. Probably both.
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:icondoubtingthomas:
doubtingthomas Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist
I am glad it amused you. :iconflonnefireplz:
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:iconleonmello:
LeonMello Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Excelent, excelent!!
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:iconeroticshade:
Eroticshade Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Steve hi...love your work. Please I am looking for an artist to help me create a book cover illustration with three life like human characters in it. Got down $250 for this job. Please reply if you're interested. Please if you dont want the job, anyone you know good enough for this job? Will be very grateful if you can give me some contacts since I know you'll know zbrush artist friends equally as good! Will send you the work details after your reply. Cover is for a Young Adult Historical Fantasy. Have a wonderful day!
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:iconrvrvreeaawe:
rvrvreeaawe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
So does the girl die?
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:iconagentdoubleoneseven:
agentdoubleoneseven Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a holo version of this, works wonders stealing peoples planeswalkers in my rainbow deck
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:iconkarichristensen:
karichristensen Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional
Great one Steve!
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:iconchatturgha0312:
Chatturgha0312 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sheoldred's lips are so sexy it almost makes up for the hideous carapace...
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:iconjamesilively:
JamesILively Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if you are a dude you may be a little but of a perv but you are a fucking genious
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:iconhibernia86:
Hibernia86 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Why does drawing hot girls make him a perv? Are men not allowed to like hot girls anymore? Did someone forget to forward the memo about all males being asexual now?
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:iconskyhart24:
skyhart24 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
This gave me a case of the heebie-jeebies, but then I read your description and all I can think of is lady gaga harassing a backup dancer. LOL still an awesome picture!
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:iconrvrvreeaawe:
rvrvreeaawe Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
is it sucking out her soul?
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:icongd801:
gd801 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
I looove running steal cards, they are my favorite. People spending 80$ on their swords or 'walkers just so i can use it against them. And the art...O-O wonderously evile
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:iconwillard3rd:
Willard3rd Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Love grabbing people crap and using it against them.
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:icongizburg:
gizburg Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cool to finally see this art large enough to make out wtf it is.
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:iconsugarskulldoll:
SugarSkullDoll Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
love it
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:iconekwood:
ekwood Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Really glad I checked out the larger version of this art. Sooooo much is lost in the card sized picture. Get to actually see how elaborate and alien Sheoldred is up close

What are the praetors exactly in the official fluff? I know it probably varies between all of them, but I have long wondered what their origins are exactly. Are they Mirrans turned scary? Are they malicious beings that just sort of popped out of the black oil in Mirrodin's core?

One other thing: What, functionally speaking, is Sheoldred? Some sort of spider-crab thing? I see the poor Mirran here has had her arms bound up in something that I'm guessing Sheoldred did using her body as opposed to a can of silly string. I think I heard somewhere that her body can separate as well.

I was hoping since you worked somewhat close to the source you could help shed some light on the subject.
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RobertoDS Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
great !
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:iconchildersart:
childersart Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome!!!
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:iconzerrnichter:
Zerrnichter Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The artwork is so cool but i think the text you wrote is even better... laughed my ass off :D
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:iconchaos-lord:
ChAoS-LoRd Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
not only is it a great/slightly hot pic...but the card is slightly broken xD
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:iconmortalshinobi:
mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
very creepy. nice work.
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:iconneuro-spectrum:
neuro-spectrum Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OOF !!! Thats a rape occuring in the Lower Astral Plains !!!
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nocturnal-lights Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
I absolutely love the artwork for praetor's grasp!


but...

I hate to be that guy, but, really? Is lady gaga going to now officially be the point of comparison for EVERYTHING? Even MtG? Really? She wishes she was this amazing and creative. I mean people are aware that gaga doesn't design or make the crazy crap she wears right? People send her stuff, then she wears it. End of story.
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:icondarklorddaishi:
DarkLordDaishi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Awesome!
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:iconpiotrmann:
PiotrMann Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll become a minion!!!
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:icontacijana:
Tacijana Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have nothing supersmart artsy-like to say... Just wow and fu****g hell come to my mind. Sorry. I am ashamed.
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grim-show Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Don't be ashamed. At least you have the ABILITY to form thoughts at this juncture. The only reason I can type right now is because I'm not currently looking at the work. For a moment I stared at it like, then-like so many hours of internet surfing have trained me to do- my then Cro-magnon-like brain told me go down. After that I stared at the comments for a good ten minutes before I remembered what the buttons below my laptop screen actually do...

You probably didn't need all that information, but here-it is yours now. Do as you will.
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grim-show Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Oh, wait- You made this comment 2 years ago...

You SEE what you are doing to my brain Mr. Argyle? >:(
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:iconrvrvreeaawe:
rvrvreeaawe Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
is it sucking out her soul?
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:icondisbarredpond:
Disbarredpond Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy F**K no way you have drw this one
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:iconbarzula-storm-demon:
barzula-storm-demon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHAHAH Love the description.
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:iconinestical:
inestical Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm loving your comments.
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:iconceress13:
Ceress13 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Magnificent job
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:iconyurimo2:
YuriMo2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Got two of this card... =D
GOOD JOB!
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:iconlinark:
Linark Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome hahaha
love the description too, lady gagas orphan dreams dress made me laugh hard
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:iconowlicopter:
Owlicopter Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
KISSY KISSY
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:iconrodasaow:
rodasaow Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
"oh, must be a bakery, tra la lala la la , excuse me baker, can i have some cake?"
"Cake, what is cake? I mean, yes! Come to the back of the store."
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EthnisArt Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Forget the drawings, I could just sift through your comments and be happy with your work.
Oh yeah, the drawing is pretty awesome too. :)
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AmateurUnleaded Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
My myr broke and I threw it out - next thing I knew I was chasing the Mirrodinians away from my trash with a toilet plunger. They're like raccoons, I swear, it's not that hard to trap 'em.
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:iconletsburningjustice:
LETSBURNINGJUSTICE Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Wait a second... If Lady Gaga's Elesh Norn, how is she also Sheoldred?
Unless... Oh God...
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:icontsheva:
tsheva Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
crazily beautiful.

Gaga HAS to be jealous lol
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:iconcyllanpennor:
CyllanPennor Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Breathtaking, absolutely breathtaking. (no pun intended jajaja) The detail on the mirran really is one of the best Ive seen so far, you make the metal plates on her body seem a true part of her not just stripper pasties XD. And Sheoldred in a very spiderdemoness kind of way looks gorgeous delicate and graceful.
Another amazing job :clap:
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Daria9494 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
What program you use?
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:iconsteveargyle:
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Mostly Photoshop.
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