In 1994 I created a set of promo pieces timed for Magic: The Gathering’s first anniversary.
Unless you’re one of about a dozen people, these are all completely new to you. To find out why, check out the prologue to this series.
And so, this unveiling rolls around to its conclusion with probably my favorite color in Magic. It’s time for Black!
This also happens to be my favorite of the six promo pieces. I think one of the biggest reasons is that the figures are more dynamic than in most of the other images. That’s a little down to my card choices but given that Black is at home in the shadows or under a night sky but is populated by a legion of often pale, sometimes bloody and vivid creatures, the image’s strong contrast was never going to be hard to achieve.
I hope the tour through these images has been fun for you. I’m really glad I finally got to share them. My time working for Magic may have passed but I loved the game, helped build the world (somewhat literally as I designed the globe of Dominaria), and I’ll always be grateful to Magic’s first art director, Jesper Myrfors, for giving me a shot and helping bring my artwork to a worldwide audience.
Thank you all for the comments and compliments. It’s been a blast.
Next time: …who knows? Maybe something created more recently than 19 years ago!
The answers to the cards used in this piece are below, followed by a quick FAQ.