Title: Force of Will (Prelim Sketch)
Artist: Matt Stewart
Medium: Graphite on paper
Created for the Magic: The Gathering 2011 Legacy Championship grand prize, then used as a Judge Program promotional foil reward, and then used in Vintage Masters on Magic Online, Force of Will is a legendary piece by fantasy artist Matt Stewart. Force of Will has been one of the most important cards in Magic’s history, significantly changing the way the game has been played in nearly all constructed formats in which it was ever legal, since its original printing in Alliances in 1996.
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. In this case you can see multiple perspectives, in the initial planning stages of the card.
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