Title: Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir (Prelim Sketch)
Artist: Volkan Baga
Medium: Graphite on paper
Created for the Magic: The Gathering From the Vault: Legends special boxed set, released in 2011, Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir is an iconic piece by renowned artist Volkan Baga. Teferi has long been a fan favorite and staple in multiple formats, and this huge piece (18″ H x 24″ W) shows off Baga’s incredibly detailed linework and composition skills.
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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