Title: Sword of War and Peace (Prelim Sketch)
Artist: Chris Rahn
Medium: Graphite on paper
Created for the Magic: The Gathering New Phyrexia set, Sword of War and Peace is an iconic piece by esteemed fantasy artist Chris Rahn. Released in 2011 by Wizards of the Coast, as part of the Scars of Mirrodin block, Sword of War and Peace has a long and storied history as a staple in constructed formats, EDH/Commander, and Cube draft formats.
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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