Counterbalance Original Magic: The Gathering Art (Prelim Sketches & Color Study)


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Title: Counterbalance (Prelim Sketches)
Artist: John Zeleznik
Year: 2005
Medium: Graphite on paper

Title: Counterbalance (Color Study)
Artist: John Zeleznik
Year: 2005
Medium: Water color and graphite on paper

Created for the Magic: The Gathering Coldsnap set, Counterbalance is a legendary piece by noted fantasy artist John Zeleznik. Released in 2006 by Wizards of the Coast, as a late addition to the Ice Age block, Counterbalance has seen heavy play in Legacy as the basis for dominant CounterTop and Miracles strategies.

During the Magic: The Gathering art creation process, artists usually create a preliminary sketch of their idea for the direction of the artwork, and then forward this preliminary work to the art director of the project for approval. After the art director’s approval, the wheels are set in motion for the final artwork (traditional or digital) to be created. This preliminary artwork is a unique look in to what the artist originally envisioned for the piece, which sometimes changes before the final product takes shape. This lot for sale includes both the preliminary sketches, as well as the artist’s preliminary color study for the piece, done in watercolors.

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Additional information

Dimensions 11 × 8.5 in
Art Medium

Water color and graphite on paper

Art Dimensions

8 1/2" H x 11" W

Total Dimensions

8 1/2" H x 11" W

Framing and Matting