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.
Magic Origins was a bit low with only 28 paintings, but with a set so heavy on reprints, that actually works out to 13% of the total new art for the set. A lot lower than the 20%+ we’ve seen in previous sets, but still a strong showing by the traditional artists.
After a bit of investigation, and with the help of some extremely cooperative artists, I was able to track down most of the traditional works that are still available for sale.
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:
- Blazing Hellhound
- Thornbow Archer
- War Horn
- Managorger Hydra
- Subterranean Scout
- Zendikar Incarnate
- Outland Colossus
In addition, Winona Nelson and Karl Kopinski both work variably in traditional and digital media. I was not able to determine which, if any, of their work for Magic Origins was done traditionally, but there is a chance that paintings may exist for some 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.
In the previous article of this series, I noted that growth of the Magic art market appears to be organic and sustainable. Since the release of Dragons of Tarkir, that trend has continued along its natural course.
After a spike of high profile sales around US tax refund season, the market has settled a bit over the summer. Whether it be tapped out buyers or weary sellers, it appears the market will continue at a slower pace until we ramp up again ahead of the holiday season.
Look for the market to perk up again after Eternal Weekend as some new high profile art will hit the market (Not if I can help it!) and budgets will have recovered to renew the fight.
The sales of originals for Magic Origins have been brisk, but without the stand out pieces like the Chris Rahn Promo Ugin and the like, we’ve mainly been seeing the same trends as before.
Some artists, Chris Rahn and Matt Stewart especially, sell out quickly and often through ebay while other artists work with their agents, like Mark Aronowitz with Volkan Baga and Filip Burburan, to find homes for their new art. Other artists have mixed success but even so, we continue to see a premium applied to recently released art. Striking while the iron is hot still pays dividends.
The biggest news recently was the release of Terese Nielsen’s Akromas and it will be entertaining to see how those auctions turn out. Terese is still coming up with her favored approach to sell the pieces, so there is still time to build your war chests. Make sure to follow OMA on Twitter and Facebook to get updates on these pieces.
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 (Including an article from Terese on what went into making her Akromas) 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 and are considering adding a few of these pieces to your collection, please let me know in the comments.
Until next time!