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Scintillating Surge alternate by SteveArgyle Scintillating Surge alternate by SteveArgyle
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
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:icontruemefista:
TrueMefista Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yay
it actually pisses me off how OMG ALL DA ANGELS MUST HAZ BOOBZ!!111
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OutlawedToons Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
4 winged angels have more fun, but not as much fun as one-winged angels!! Epic Win
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Wosiu1989 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
Amazing :jawdrop:
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Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You know, there ARE male angels in MTG.

See? [link]

Plus, any male attached with this card [link] becomes a male angel.

You haven't butchered continuity at all, my friend. Male angels are once in a blue moon, but there are SOME. I hope this comment gets to you.
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Argentum-Silva Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Original version link please. :iconbegplz:
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SaintTape Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student General Artist
From one of those outnumbered girl players out there, thank you for the lovely man angel!

And for you, thanks for all of the hard work you've put into games such as MTG thus far. Gorgeous artwork like yours is the reason I started playing!
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EtherealValentine Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
MMMmmmmmm Beefcake Angel. *lick*
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Matthijs1122 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
stunning!
i made a barechested angel too, check it out if u like :D
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rajqpan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Beefcake angel.. Lol. :))

@Archleone: The Kor have white hair only. :D
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Archleone Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
there are actually some male angels, just not many. There are some described in Serra's Realm in the books Planeswalker and Time Streams, and the card Malach of the Dawn... though it's a planar chaos color-shifted card. That said, there aren't any male angels on Zendikar, but this could just be a kor with an angel's blessing, or something.
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biancomanto Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
featured here [link]
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ZEROresolution Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
Looks like the devil falling into hell.
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nemryn Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
To all the nerds who are mentioning Malach of the Dawn as the one male angel: I'm going to be an even bigger nerd and point out that he doesn't count, because he's from a parallel universe.
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TedLeBeau Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010   Writer
pft, wizards should have brought male angels into MTG just for this haha. honesly, coolest angel ever :D
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lizziewriter Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Love it!!!
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:iconmorgalahan:
Morgalahan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, lots of fire... *remembers your comment in the video*

But, yes, more sexy firemen angels are needed!
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Just 'cause it's easy doesn't mean it's not still cool! :D

FIRE!
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peyz4 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
fantastic
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Lussuria Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Oh and just to let you're know you're not the only artists that thought it was time to cater to the ladies. *wink wink*

The card Asha's Favor is a male angel card :D
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Silhou8 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Student Artist
You are, by far, the best artist I have seen on DeviantArt. Kudos to you sir and keep up the good work.
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kitti-loki Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
This makes me love you. So much.
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WildcardZer0 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
.....O.o wait, steve argyle?....*runs for magic cards*....holy crap! i didn't know you were the same guy. lol wow I'm thick as hell XD, dude I love your artworks, I havent gotten a single one of the cards that you've worked on that I haven't liked looking at. keep up the good work dude :)
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feena95 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing wings!! :wow:
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats incredible! :D
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Zombiesfrommars Featured By Owner May 7, 2010   Digital Artist
I am a girl Magic player so, I must thank you. :XD: This is really awesome btw!
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MoofyKitten Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see that fire technique you mentioned in your video lesson is working out well for you lol
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
;D

It does come in handy.
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MagiQKilleR Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
and so it does happens to be there is an male angel!, but for all those females who play magic... arn't like all demons male? like thisone tough, always intrested in alternative art for cards! whitch one is this ment to be? my bet is on deathless angel.. but isn't it to red to be white? ^^ annyway what were the art directions given? always curious about that one^^
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Lussuria Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
It's actually the picture from the Rise of Eldrazi card 'Emerge Unscathed' . It's an instant card - not a creature.
And the picture is actually identical except the little person is a girly. :)
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MagiQKilleR Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
yeah found that card last time in a booster draft ^^ tnx annnyway love the card btw ^^ :hug:
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Mushitora Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your art and think there should be male angels in Magic. But there is only one male angel that I know of and its Malach of the Dawn. [link]
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StephanieLeonheart Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Yipee! A version that has a dude in it for chicks like me who play Magic!

Seriously, though, it looks fantastic! :)
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Yudet Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Oh, my God! Awesome! Great job! ;)
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TwistedJedi Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
There was a male angel in the planar Chaos set.... can't remember his name but it was one of the "Plane shifted" cards. Something shepperd.... Twilight shepperd maybe.
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Plaguelord40K Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, Malach of the Dawn was his name.... he was the White version of Ghost Ship, with a 2/4 Flying statline and WWW: Regenerates.

Also, don't forget Gabriel Angelfire, lol...

So male angels aren't against the grain or anything, but a Kor Angel definately is...lol which is what we have here...XD
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TwistedJedi Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Plus female angels are cooler looking XP
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TrueMefista Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no
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:icontwistedjedi:
TwistedJedi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
a matter of opinion I'm sure :P
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TwistedJedi Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
"Malach of Dawn" That's the male angel and he is a Plane shifted card so it sort of makes sense
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titania86 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
My boyfriend and I were wondering why there are no male angels. I love this art and wish it was on the actual card. Thanks for thinking of the female players!
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Kainim Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
you should put up what the card does too :D
(since it's magic and such :p)

I must say that Mirrodin, Ravnica and Rise of the Eldrazi are the 3 best stories I know of Magic the Gathering, I read the first book of Mirrodin and it was awesome, too bad I can't find any other books of them :(
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WolfwindRu Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Awesome looking! I do prefer the female angels but it's still awesome to see something different now and again. =)
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Lussuria Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
HAha, as one of those female players and someone who ALSO had the thought 'Magic needs them some dudes with teh wingzors' and stuffs - I love this art work.
I wish it had of been the actual print, but still the one used is very nice as well.

And, I'm sure all the fans agree when we say thank you for attempting to know what it is you're doing art for and thus can keep the images you create in tune with our obvious hobby - but I for one, didn't know that angels in Magic could only be female. HA! Learn something new everyday, right?
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Belinofente Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Student General Artist
Such amazing work. The detail you put into this is... greatness. I love the fact that I can see the aftershadow of many-layered fabric, the detail you put into the wings and skin. Not to mention the perspective; that's great!

I'm hideous when it comes to sounding sophisticated when commenting on someone's work.
And I agree: The fine ladies out there need to be represented more in Magic. I bet if they kept this version of your card it would have been the most sought-after and easiest ultra-rare in existance.
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youngyoda13 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You have been, and will always be, my art hero!
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great art :D:D
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Deneb-Cygni Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
I think there may be a male angel, actually. Look for the Malach of the Dawn, because he's pretty masculine. :P Love your angel work, though-- the multiple wings just make me so happy!

P.S. As a female player and a collector of angels, I would definitely like to see more male ones if this fellow is any indicator of how they'll look! :)
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matsunoki Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... "Why aren't there any barechested dude angels? I think it's time for a little painting for the ladies. Beefcake angel, coming up!"

Haha, I know right? I have been collecting Magic angels since 1998 and I only have one visibly Male angel from the card game (Malach of the Dawn from Planar Chaos set). But then again as one of the earlier commentors have said, it looks like this version is a vampire turned angel. :XD: Maybe he could've been given more articles of clothing to match the visual style of the Zendikar angels.

You can't even get away with heavily armored male angels in the frikkin game.

These are one of the moments you hate the demographics. >_<

Please to be the voice of reason to the Art Directors. :XD: Angels need not be always female FCOL. Though I'm not going to like put my hopes up on that, I mean a whole chunk of the community is needed for it to change something on the art department (i.e. the Rebecca Guay fiasco).
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AngelicWatcher Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
What Rebecca Guay fiasco? oO
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:iconmatsunoki:
matsunoki Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look over her wikipedia page, it says there what happened > [link]
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