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Mangara the Diplomat – Magic: the Gathering


Howard Lyon

I've been so excited for this card to come out. It can often take 10-12 months after you have done an illustration for Magic: the Gathering for the card to become public and it is always hard to be patient waiting for the new sets to come out. This card was different from most of the cards I have done for Magic. It is very calm and peaceful and the palette is a little different…

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Tips for Abstract Interpretation


Justin Coro Kaufman

June 4, 2020 - Realism can be boring sometimes. Not only can it get tedious in the execution, but it can also be boring to look at. I find in particular that working from photos creates this tendency to paint in flat muted colors and employ this set hierarchy of edges in order to create the illusion of a realistic image. This tends to read well from a distance, but can sometimes be a bore to look at up close. Painting representationally from reference, I'll sometimes end up at a place where it might look like my reference image, but on the surface it's fairly lifeless. I find if I'm just copying the shapes and colors as I see them,  there’s a tendency to blend edges and soften things to a point where the surface can become kind of…

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