Title: Kami of the Painted Road (Prelim Sketch)
Artist: Ron Spencer
Medium: Graphite on paper
Created for the Magic: The Gathering Champions of Kamigawa expansion, Kami of the Painted Road is a fun piece by famed fantasy artist Ron Spencer. Released in 2004 by Wizards of the Coast, as part of the Kamigawa block, Kami of the Painted Road exemplifies the artist’s imaginative style, almost in an ode to surrealist artists of the past.
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.
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