So, this is a case where some of my ignorance of Magic shines through. I try to keep up on all the stuff I work on. When I was young, it drove me absolutely batty when I'd see artwork that had obvious errors of canon. Stuff that from a player/reader point of view, was a ridiculous sin against the fiction. Well, now one of those artists, I do my damnedest to know the worlds and characters I work on. But it isn't always easy. There's alot to know. And mistakes are made. In this case, I completely forgot that Magic has only female angels. Though I should have remembered when, while brainstorming, I thought "Why aren't there any barechested dude angels? I think it's time for a little painting for the ladies. Beefcake angel, coming up!"
So yeah. This is now the gender-swap angel. (Though WotC did not feel this was an appropriate name...) Two versions, one the official card, the other my original intent to give a little something back to those sweet, outnumbered girl players. I happen to prefer the guy, personally. Fair warning to future card-alter requests: You will likely get your girl angel turned into a sexy fireman.
For Magic: the Gathering, Rise of the Eldrazi. Copyright Wizards of the Coast. Art Direction by Jeremy Jarvis.
Pyrotechnic effects by Larry's Pork, Pawn, and Pyro. A Green company. Subsidiary of Pigpoop Research Labs.
Prints, sketches, alternate art, and such available at: www.steveargyle.com