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.

Fate Reforged is no different with over 30 paintings uncovered so far, including the amazing Ugin, the Spirit Dragon promo art that, at the time of this writing, is currently sitting at over $10,000 on Ebay.

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.

Abzan Skycaptain - Matt Stewart - 12" x 16" - Oil on Paper - $1,250

Abzan Skycaptain – Matt Stewart – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Paper – $1,250

 

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Ainok Guide – Lucas Graciano – 11″ x 14″ – Oil on Masonite – $1,000

 

Arashin Cleric - Chris Rahn

Arashin Cleric – Chris Rahn – 14″ x 18″ – Oil on Hardboard – $1,400

 

Citadel Siege - Steven Belledin - 14" x 18" - Oil on Paper on Board - Price TBD

Citadel Siege – Steven Belledin – 14″ x 18″ – Oil on Paper on Board – Price TBD

 

Dark Deal - Scott Murphy - 12" x 16" - Oil on Masonite - $900

Dark Deal – Scott Murphy – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Masonite – $900

 

Hero's Blade -  Aaron Miller - 13.5" x 17.75" - Oil on Board - $1,200

Hero’s Blade – Aaron Miller – 13.5″ x 17.75″ – Oil on Board – $1,200

 

Hooded Assassin - Matt Stewart - 12" x 16" - Oil on Paper - $1,250

Hooded Assassin – Matt Stewart – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Paper – $1,250

 

Hunt the Weak - Lars Grant West - 16" x 20" - Oil on Board - $2,500

Hunt the Weak – Lars Grant West – 16″ x 20″ – Oil on Board – $2,500

 

Map the Wastes - Volkan Baga - 13" x 18" - Oil on Board - $700

Map the Wastes – Volkan Baga – 13″ x 18″ – Oil on Board – $700

 

Merciless Executioner - David Palumbo - 12" x 16" - Oil on Panel - $1,200

Merciless Executioner – David Palumbo – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Panel – $1,200

 

Monk Token - Steven Belledin - 12" x 12" - Oil on Paper on Board - Price TBD

Monk Token – Steven Belledin – 12″ x 12″ – Oil on Paper on Board – Price TBD

 

Pyrotechnics - Matt Stewart - 12" x 16" - Oil on Paper - $1,100

Pyrotechnics – Matt Stewart – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Paper – $1,100

 

Rally the Ancestors - Nils Hamm - Traditional Rough - Price TBD

Rally the Ancestors – Nils Hamm – Traditional Rough – Price TBD

 

Shamanic Revelation - Matt Stewart - 12" x 16" - Oil on Paper - $1,750

Shamanic Revelation – Matt Stewart – 12″ x 16″ – Oil on Paper – $1,750

 

Silumgar, the Drifting Death - Steven Belledin - 14" x 18" - Oil on Board - Future Ebay Sale

Silumgar, the Drifting Death – Steven Belledin – 14″ x 18″ – Oil on Board – Ebay

 

Sultai Runemark - Volkan Baga - 13" x 18" - Oil on Board - $1,500

Sultai Runemark – Volkan Baga – 13″ x 18″ – Oil on Board – $1,500

 

Tasigur's Cruelty - Chris Rahn - 14" x 18" - Oil on Board - $1,200

Tasigur’s Cruelty – Chris Rahn – 14″ x 18″ – Oil on Board – $1,200

 

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon - Chris Rahn - 18" x 24" - Oil on Board - Ebay Auction

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon – Chris Rahn – 18″ x 24″ – Oil on Board – Ebay Auction

 

Vaultbreaker - Wayne Reynolds - 10" x 7.5" - Acrylic on Board - $800

Vaultbreaker – Wayne Reynolds – 10″ x 7.5″ – Acrylic on Board – $800

 

Will of the Naga - Wayne Reynolds - 10" x 7.5" - Acrylic on Board - $850

Will of the Naga – Wayne Reynolds – 10″ x 7.5″ – Acrylic on Board – $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:

Jesper Ejsing

  • Goblin Heelcutter – Jesper’s been working digitally recently, so there is a chance this only exists on a hard drive

Kev Walker

  • Feral Krushok
  • Orc Sureshot
  • Refocus
  • Sandsteppe Mastodon

Mike Sass

  • Temur Sabretooth – Mike still hasn’t offered any of his original Magic art for sale yet.  We hope that changes soon

Steve Prescott

  • Battlefront Krushal
  • Elite Scaleguard
  • Lightform
  • Sibsig Host

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.

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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 Fate Reforged that have already found new homes, most purchased just minutes after being spoiled by Wizards.

Tasigur the Golden Fang

Tasigur, the Golden Fang – Chris Rahn – Oil on Hardboard

 

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Yasova Ironclaw – Winona Nelson – Acrylic on Masonite

 

Dragonscale General

Dragonscale General – Volkan Baga – 13″ x 17″ – Oil on Board

 

Archfiend of Depravity

Archfiend of Depravity – Volkan Baga – 16.5″ x 22″ – Oil on Board

 

Ambush Krotiq - Filip Burburan - 10" x 14" - Watercolor on Paper

Ambush Krotiq – Filip Burburan – 10″ x 14″ – Watercolor on Paper

To see so many pieces get snapped up so quickly, it is no surprise that more and more artists are revisiting traditional media and the additional paycheck it can provide.  While not every piece is selling immediately, the momentum has grown and many artists have taken notice.

I fully expect to see even more traditional work in the future sets as the value proposition has reached a point where the increased prices being paid for originals will justify the additional time requirements involved in their creation.

Another trend that shines clearly from the above images is the increase in size of Magic originals.  Initially created at a 5″ x 7″ maximum due to scanner size constraints, we are seeing more and more large scale images from the artists.  The Ugin art at 18″ x 24″ is quite the substantial piece and, if Noah Bradley is to be believed, that may be stamp sized in comparison to some of the work we may see released in the future.

Overall, I think this is a great thing as the larger size will make for a more impressive painting and more easily justify the increased prices we are seeing on the market.  As a prominent proponent of the collecting Magic art, I am glad to see both the increased interest in originals by collectors and artists alike as it does nothing but good for the hobby.

Not Done Yet

In the process of gathering all of the details for this article, I was able to get some great stories about the creative process behind some of these images.  While these are still in various stages of editing, they present a brand new source of perspective and information that I can’t wait to share with you.

I hope you enjoyed this first iteration of a Traditional Art Report and look forward to doing something similar for each future release.  If you enjoyed this article, and especially if you didn’t, please leave me some feedback in the comments.

Until next time!