Magic the Gathering
Elvish Ranger from the Magic: the Gathering deck, Portal
Ink and watercolor on Bristol board
Collection of the artist
You often get the question, if you have any regrets, what would those regrets be, and certainly being one of the original artists on Magic: The Gathering is one of them, especially when I had the opportunity. But I did get to work with Wizards of the Coast and Magic: The Gathering some years later, and I have absolutely enjoyed working with them.
I was growing a little restless coming out of Planescape with all the pen and ink and watercolor work that I was doing. I liked drawing in those mediums, but I wanted to become a stronger painter, and Magic had longer deadlines. TSR deadlines were notoriously short, I had to turn around a lot of art usually in a very short period of time. But for Magic I could create a handful of paintings and I had many months to work on them, and so I began to start shooting models and photographic reference for every prop, and really buckled down on painting.