Title: Meddling Mage (Prelim Sketch)
Artist: Christopher Moeller
Medium: Graphite on paper
Created for the Magic: The Gathering Planeshift expansion, Meddling Mage is an iconic piece by long time fantasy artist Christopher Moeller. Released in 2000 by Wizards of the Coast, Meddling Mage was designed by famous Pro Tour competitor Chris Pikula, as part of his prize for winning Magic’s 2000 Invitational all-star tournament.
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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