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Vampire Lacerator by SteveArgyle Vampire Lacerator by SteveArgyle
This particular cult of vampires cut themselves. Now I know what you're thinking. "How emogoth is that? Do they wear mascara and cry themselves to sleep over a bottle of Robotussin and some feux-obscure band that sounds a bit like music itself is crying?"

But no. We're taking vampires back, damnit. These guys are not f-ing around. They cut themselves as a wager with their lives. If they do not succeed in thier task, and feed, they die before dawn.

That is totally metal.

On a side note, this painting reminds me of "the Resisty" from Invader Zim. If you've seen that episode, I'm sure you'll see what I'm talking about. If you haven't seen Invader Zim, then how is there any meaning in your life?

For Magic the Gathering. Art Directed by Jeremy Jarvis.

Wallpaper, prints, and such on my website [link]
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CallMeHarbinger96 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome!
Popotita Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
This is a vampire!
MicahBlack Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
badass concept..
and you're funny
Widdershins-Works Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist

This work of yours got in the featured folder in the :iconnekkid-boys: group! :clap:
Marikobard Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh my, when Sláine become vampire...scary! XD

nice concept, great style! ^^
ARH1997 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Looks like it would be in Skyrim. Cool none the less.
huckfinn99 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it kind of reminds me of kratos from god of war but with longer hair and the fact that it's a vampire
kawaiicherub Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I'll never forget the day my big bro got this card. Fist pumping and much squealing. xD;
Thanks for creating such an awesome looking card, or rather I should be saying, thank you very
much for creating so radical and kick-ass cards. ^- ^
I hardly ever play MtG, but I enjoy collecting the cards because the artwork is always so awesome!
roger-that007 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DevilLucifer80 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
awesomely dark...
thever Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
awesome look.....
Scylothia Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Student General Artist
I just found this card in one of my booster packs that I bought today, and I thought, he's one wicked looking vamp. I cycled him into my red/black deck very promptly. I collect the cards for the art just as kuch as to play. I love this piece. Thanks for the time and effort you put into it! ^^
Pho-bos Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
You're making art for Magic: The Gathing? Oh holy gosh, that's cool!
I'm kinda proud I know this card, it's in the deck of Sorin, the vampire guy at the campaign (Xbox download Magic).
Baam, I love your art <3
Sokoo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite Card in all of magic there is and ever will be
blackshadow79 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Simply wow
2195Razielim Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Assamite Vampire
Draculas-angel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome! hes definitely my favorite card from Zendikar, helped me out of a lot of tight spots...and put me in even more of them. nice job
Rabidus-Lepus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
I wasn't thinking anything "emogoth" at all actually. My entire thought was "OMG THAT IS SO F*ING BADASS!!"

And then I went "DUDE, THESE GUYS ARE JUST EPIC" when I read your comment about the cult. Very serious stuff they undertake, which makes for one badass picture!
Amlara Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Your vampire is so COOL!
WIKI-Wiseman Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
i love this
and have this card
used to be in my vampire deck

sickkkkk :D
Valerhon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Tis cool
raythereign Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
This is really incredible. The sense of movement blows me away. And the ideas behind it are really something! Fantastic!
Steelhart Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
Kratos with hair!
Hellwolve Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Zendikar seems like it'll be fun...Esspecially with all the Vampires running around :)
Bayushi-Tai Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Those vampyres got a weird code, but i like those ideas in vampyres stories !
kittyKatirken Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it looks like something from WoW thats an awesome drawing!
jzzzzzzzzzzz Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your image has been featured :[link]
Miracle-overloading Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Oh snap, you did this one too?
flappyb Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Student Interface Designer
This deserves seven out of five stars. You add so much detail and emotion to such a tiny piece of cardboard.. Can't wait to open some of these!
Morgalahan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture does funny things to my insides......:devilish:

It's made of f*cking awesome and f*cking win.

You've made me so happy! :happycry: Death to f*cking sparkly vampires! Bring hard core and evisceration back! We want vampires who gut things with their bare hands! Vampires who go on murderous rampages and don't stop until the sun comes up, or ever at all!
LadyChestnut Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
Awesome illustration, very powerful. The pose is wicked, and the concept behing the image is cool as well :heart:
Ah, I can't wait for the hardcore vampires to awake and kill those other sissies out there...
stevovo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
Comments on your art would be an insult to my skills of articulation damm thats cool is all i can, "that is totally metal":highfive:
Quazzie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Top notch kickass wonderment !
ZhaneBX Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, as all of your works.
Love the details, perspective and shading alot ^^

They're making interesting Vampires in Zendikar, and i'm glad to see, that you draw something for them XD
I was totally stunned by your Chandra (especially the "Chandra is upset" :XD:) and looking forward to see more :w00t:
ShidoEV Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow great work with colors, very well done, nice perspective too.
xenoirish Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
...oh, it also reminds me of the Legacy of Kain universe, it would fit right in:)
xenoirish Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
A giant yes for making vamps metal again!

...and woo for the resisty reference:) Zim rocks!
MallonIllustration Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yes! Take back the fucking vampires!
Tyterth Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
thx for bring back the vampires, the real ones :)
Funeral-Of-Joy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
So this means that there's going to be a Vampire Lacerator card in zendikar...Great news. GREAT news.

And even GREATER art, Mr. Argyle.
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, they've already previewed the card. 2/2 for 1 black, deals 1 damage to you per turn if your life is over 10. (If I remember right.)
Funeral-Of-Joy Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
Lol, right. Forgot about the spoiler.
anyway it's "At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life unless an opponent has 10 or less life." (MTG salvation)

Thank you.
Kironaoftheskies Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Student Photographer
The decision to fav this image mostly rested on the description. Long story short: I lol'd.
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, thats really cool! :D
warrior-of-tzeentch Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
Beautiful work as always. I'm glad Magic is finally giving Vampires the full tribal rites they have deserved for so long.
TheNekow Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
the card print seemed to have darker shading :)
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sometimes they do their own color/contrast tweaks on the artwork to better fit the card. But I don't actually have their final version.
umbrafox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
WE are the ...RESISTY... Vampires :P Hehe XD
NickCorbell Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thinking of vampires, this reminds me of how much I'm looking forward to Zendikar! This piece is awesome, and I'm crossing my fingers to get the new Chandra you did the art for as well. :D

How much creative leeway are you given with this stuff? Do all the artisits just get general themes for someone to sift through later, or do you all get a whole storyboard/specific layout sort of thing for these pieces that tells you exactly how things should look? :?
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
We usually get a paragraph or two on what the card art should look like. Along with some preliminary flavor text, and the card color.

But it's not set in stone. Often, I work from their descriptions. But the art director has always been very receptive to alternate ideas. So long as the work is cool, and the message comes across, we have quite a bit of creative leeway.
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