Here at OMA, we promote the entire spectrum of art from Magic the Gathering but give special attention to the traditionally created pieces.

While digital illustration can also create astonishing art, being able to hang a unique piece of Magic’s history on the wall is an irreplaceable feeling for many, players and collectors alike.

With the release of each set, more opportunities are provided for Magic art aficionados to expand their collections and for newcomers to the hobby to begin their adventure by capturing these scenes from a brand new world.

Traditional Art Gallery

While the amount of traditional art has certainly declined over time, there are still a good number being produced with each new set.

Dragons of Tarkir is no different with over 50 paintings uncovered so far, along with several more created in mixed media or by artists that create traditional recreations of their digital work.

After a bit of investigation, and with the help of some extremely cooperative artists, I was able to track down most of those traditional works and have shared large scale images and details below.

Kolaghan Stormsinger

Kolaghan Stormsinger – Scott Murphy – 12″ x 16″ – $900

 

Stormcrag Elemental

Stormcrag Elemental – Ralph Horsley – 14.5″ x 19.5″ – Oil on Board – $1,500

 

Custodian of the Trove

Custodian of the Trove – Raoul Vitale – 9.5″ x 12″ – Oil on Masonite – Sale Date TBD

 

Flatten

Flatten – Raoul Vitale – 9.5″ x 12″ – Oil on Masonite – Sale Date TBD

 

Sheltered Aerie

Sheltered Aerie – Raoul Vitale – 9.5″ x 12″ – Oil on Masonite – Sale Date TBD

 

Enduring Victory

Enduring Victory – Mike Sass – 16″ x 20″ – Oil on Panel – NFS

 

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Aerie Bowmasters – Matt Stewart – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Board – $1,050

 

Dromoka Captain b copy

Dromoka Captain – Matt Stewart – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Board – $1,150

 

Scale Blessing b copy

Scale Blessing – Matt Stewart – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Board – $1,150

 

Scaleguard Sentinels b copy

Scaleguard Sentinels – Matt Stewart – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Board – $1,150

 

Sunscorch Regent b copy

Sunscorch Regent – Matt Stewart – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Board – $2,000

 

Butchers Glee JE

Butcher’s Glee – Jesper Ejsing – 12″ x 16″ – Acrylic on Board – $2,000

 

Dragon Fodder JE

Dragon Fodder – Jesper Ejsing – 12″ x 16″ – Acrylic on Paper – NFS

 

Glade Scout JE

Glade Watcher – Jesper Ejsing – 12″ x 16″ – Acrylic on Paper – $2,000

 

arashin sovereign

Arashin Sovreign – David Palumbo – 16″ x 20″ – Oil on Panel – $3,500

 

blood chin fanatic

Blood-Chin Fanatic – David Palumbo – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Panel – $1,500

 

Deadly Wanderings

Deadly Wanderings – David Palumbo – 12″ x 16″ – Mixed Media – Currently NFS

 

Guardian Shield Bearer

Guardian Shield-Bearer – Lindsey Look – 16.25″ x 12″ – Oil on Board – $1,500

 

Foul Renewal - Filip Burburan - 14.2" x 10.6" - Oil on Board - $1,200

Foul Renewal – Filip Burburan – 14.2″ x 10.6″ – Oil on Board – $1,200

 

Gate Smasher - Filip Burburan - 21" x 16.2" - Oil on Board - $1,400

Gate Smasher – Filip Burburan – 21″ x 16.2″ – Oil on Board – $1,400

 

Sarkhan's Rage

Sarkhan’s Rage – Chris Rahn – 14″ x 18″ – Oil on Board – eBay

 

Atarka Pummeler

Atarka Pummeler – Lucas Graciano – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Masonite – $1,200

 

Foe-Razer Regent

Foe-Razer Regent – Lucas Graciano – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Masonite – $2,300

 

Sunbringer's Touch

Sunbringer’s Touch – Lucas Graciano – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Masonite – $1,200

 

Epic Confrontation Wayne Reynolds Dragons of Tarkir

Epic Confrontation – Wayne Reynolds – eBay

 

Magmatic Chasm

Magmatic Chasm – Volkan Baga – 13″ x 17.3″ – 550 €

 

Qarsi Sadist

Qarsi Sadist – Volkan Baga – 13″ x 17.3″ – 2700 €

 

Dromoka's Gift

Dromoka’s Gift – Winona Nelson – 20″ x 16″ – Mixed Media – $1,000

 

Sabretooth Outrider

Sabretooth Outrider – Winona Nelson – 20″ x 16″ – Acrylic on Board – $2,000

 

Collected Company

Collected Company – Franz Vohwinkel – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Board – $1,500

 

Vial of Dragonfire

Vial of Dragonfire – Franz Vohwinkel – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Board – $1,000

 

Aven Tactician

Aven Tactician – Christopher Moeller – 9″ x 12″ – Acrylic on Board – Price TBD

 

Segmented Krotiq

Segmented Krotiq – Christopher Moeller – 9″ x 12″ – Acrylic on Board – Price TBD

 

Artful Maneuver

Artful Maneuver – Lars Grant-West – 16″ x 20″ – Oil on Board – $2,000

 

Dragon-Scarred Bear

Dragon-Scarred Bear – Lars Grant-West – 16″ x 20″ – Oil on Board – $1,200

 

Lurking Arynx

Lurking Arynx – Carl Frank – $850

 

In addition to these pieces, there are several other artists that work traditionally that I was unable to get a response from in time for this article. 

Here is a brief run down of the other originals that, as far as I know, are still available but not listed above:

Mark Zug

  • Necromaster Dragon
  • Pacifism

Ryan Pancoast

  • Thunderbreak Regent – Will be sold on eBay

Steve Prescott

  • Descent of the Dragons
  • Dragonlord’s Servant

In addition, Nils Hamm and Karl Kopinski both work variably in traditional and digital media.  I was not able to determine which, if any, of their work for Dragons of Tarkir was done traditionally, but there is a chance that paintings may exist for any of their images.

Anyone interested in any of these paintings can send an offer directly to the artists through OMA.  Good luck, there is some amazing art still available.

Going, Going, Gone

After following the original art market for the last few years, it’s amazing to see how fast some of this artwork is being snatched up during spoiler season.  Just two years ago, you could wait for more than a month to pick up originals from a new set, but that has all changed.

Below are the paintings from Dragons of Tarkir that have already found new homes, some purchased just minutes after being spoiled by Wizards.

Secure the Wastes

Secure the Wastes – Scott Murphy – 14″ x 18″ – Oil on Masonite – SOLD

 

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Dragonlord Silumgar – Steven Belledin – 14″ x 18″ – Oil on Hardboard – SOLD

 

Deathmist Raptor

Deathmist Raptor – Filip Burburan – 9.6″ x 7.7″ – Watercolor on Paper – SOLD

 

Resupply FB

Resupply – Filip Burburan – 15.9″ x 12.6″ – Oil on Board – SOLD

 

Ruthless Deathfang

Ruthless Deathfang – Filip Burburan – 18.7″ x 14.2″ – Oil on Board – SOLD

 

Skywise Teachings

Skywise Teachings – Filip Burburan – SOLD

 

Atarka's Command

Atarka’s Command – Chris Rahn – 14″ x 18″ – Oil on Board – SOLD

 

Harbinger of the Hunt - Chris Rahn - 14" x 18" - Oil on Board

Harbinger of the Hunt – Chris Rahn – 14″ x 18″ – Oil on Board – SOLD

 

Sarkhan's Triumph

Sarkhan’s Triumph – Chris Rahn – 14″ x 18″ – Oil on Board – SOLD

 

Rending Volley

Rending Volley – Lucas Graciano – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Masonite – SOLD

 

Blessed Reincarnation KW

Blessed Reincarnation – Kev Walker – 6″ x 8″ – Mixed Media – SOLD

 

Draconic Roar

Draconic Roar – Kev Walker – 6″ x 8″ – Mixed Media – SOLD

 

Illusuory Gains KW

Illusory Gains – Kev Walker – 6″ x 8″ – Mixed Media – SOLD

 

Ojutais Breath KW

Ojutai’s Breath – Kev Walker – 6″ x 8″ – Mixed Media – SOLD

 

Palace Familiar KW

Palace Familiar – Kev Walker – 6″ x 8″ – Mixed Media on Paper – SOLD

 

Vulturous Aven KW

Vulturous Aven – Kev Walker – 6″ x 8″ – Mixed Media – SOLD

 

Arashin Foremost

Arashin Foremost – David Palumbo – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Panel – SOLD

 

Dragon Fodder

Dragon Fodder – Volkan Baga – 13″ x 17.3″ – SOLD

 

Tormenting Voice

Tormenting Voice – Volkan Baga – 13″ x 17.3″ – SOLD

 

Lightwalker

Lightwalker – Winona Nelson – 15″ x 11″ – Oil on Board – SOLD

 

Contradict

Contradict – Steve Prescott – 10″ x 13″ – Acrylic on Paper – SOLD

 

Dragonlord's Servant

Dragonlord’s Servant – Carl Frank – SOLD

 

Market Talk

In the first article of this series, I noted that new art is moving quickly and that trend appears to only be accelerating.  Many of the artists I contacted had either already sold all of their originals or were in the process of doing so.  As a proponent of collecting Magic art, that is quite heartening to see. 

Not only has the interest level increased, but the base is gradually widening. The number of people sharing their first piece or expressing interest in obtaining original Magic art grows daily and this is reflected in the increased velocity of sales of originals from Dragons of Tarkir. 

While the number of originals being produced is growing, accounting for almost 20% of Dragons of Tarkir, the popularity appears to be increasing even faster as prices continue to generally rise.

Have some claimed we are entering Bubble territory?  Sure.  

Do I think we are in a Bubble?  No.

I think that the market for Original Magic Art is growing and some are justifiably concerned at the pace we have seen recently.  The game is over 20 years old now.  More players, and especially older, financially secure players, are recognizing the unique nature of Magic art and responding with their increased buying power.

Is the market applying a strong premium to new art and do I think that anything that doesn’t sell after the initial rush may sit for a while?  Yes, definitely, but I don’t see that as a problem.

Most often I see these new pieces going into collections and staying there.  Were we to see rampant flipping of newly acquired art or an increased dependence on the greater fool, I would be more concerned.

These paintings represent unique memories, experiences and personal histories in a way that the cards will never be able to match.  The fact that people are rushing to pick up the new images that capture their imagination and holding on to them can only be viewed as a good thing.

Not Done Yet

In the process of gathering all of the details for this article, I lined up the next few articles for the Art in Focus series.  Every Thursday, Magic artists go over their creative process and share details about their illustrations.  Check out the series, if you haven’t already.

If you enjoyed this article or are considering adding a few of these pieces to your collection, please let me know in the comments.

Until next time!