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MTG: Nin, The Pain Artist by Cryptcrawler MTG: Nin, The Pain Artist by Cryptcrawler
One of the spoiler cards on display at PAX East for Magic the Gathering's "Commander" format, set to be released this summer.
You can find out more about the format and see the other cool cards here at the official site:
[link]

This was REALLY exciting to find out about, I had no idea that the card was going to be blown up and used as a spoiler - Good times!



Buy a PRINT of Nin, The Pain Artist here: [link]

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Legal
- I cannot provide any more information about the the character/item/effect/creature that you see here, I am legally bound by an NDA to not disclose such information.
- I cannot give anyone permission in any official capacity to use the content in this image, I am not an employee of Wizards of the Coast, I am an independant contractor hired to illustrate intellectual property according to specific guidelines.

Image:
- RGB Image @ 550 DPI
- Usually I don't design the characters/creatures/items in the cards, im asked to re-imagine them based on Art Direction notes and rough concept art provided by the Magic the Gathering concept artists.
In this case I was given extremely loose notes " ..a female vedalken wizard". So in essence I designed Nin, The Pain Artist. Believe it or not I prefer to re-imagine and illustrate the concept based on rough ideas and notes, but I had good fun with designing on this one, hopefully i'll have the the opportunity to revisit her in another card in the future.

Art Direction: Jeremy Jarvis

Many, many thanks for all the great comments and interest, it's the best part of the whole thing!

Best wishes,
Brad
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:iconbad-people:
Bad-People Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
If only DeviantArt accepted submissions of pain.
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:iconphong54:
phong54 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Great work  That look grabs your attention
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:icondarkangel2582:
darkangel2582 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Amazing work! what teknik do you yous to mak that ??
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:iconhera-of-stockholm:
Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
She looks like she's been suffering some pain as well. Awesome work!
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:iconoo-monkey-oo:
oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing work!
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:icon6-qubed:
6-Qubed Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I have mixed feelings about this card's artwork. On the one hand, I get and appreciate that a certain amount of fear and/or respect is supposed to be inherent to the position of "pain artist".

But on the other hand, I keep getting distracted by the fact that she's kinda hot.
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:iconasenla:
asenla Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
its beautiful but it has such a similarity to the hellraiser cenobite scupltress
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:iconalextuis:
AlexTuis Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really like her expression, great likeness.
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:iconseventwelve:
SevenTwelve Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
This is possibly one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Oh my.
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:iconkirenbagchee:
KirenBagchee Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing lighting in this one!
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:icontopspin07:
Topspin07 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Amazing texture, volume, color, lighting, and depth.
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:iconragnarok6664:
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
torturers delight
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:iconmt-000:
MT-000 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
she looks like Yolandi Visser !
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:iconartstrac:
artstrac Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
nice
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:iconshirtupboy:
Shirtupboy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
The lighting here is stunning!
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:iconbaderm:
baderm Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
If you made this a print, I'd buy the shit out of it. Just so you know.
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:iconestonius:
Estonius Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Wicked pretty!
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:iconfuyuurei:
fuyuurei Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really love this a lot. Too bad it's just for cards, it would be an amazing character for a game.
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:iconthesageoffun:
thesageoffun Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
wow i love the vedalken themed creatures as i have a death and mill deck its great in my opinion it doesnt do that great but i enjoy the them and more vedalken wizards love the idea nice work would love to be able to draw that good
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:iconmitia-arcturus:
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Dear Cryptcrawler
Your creative Artwork is featured ...in
Science Fi-Futur...[link]
:iconart-portraits:
you are Most welcome!!! ...:heart:

regards
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:iconxotz:
xotz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Excellent!
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:iconlolonoa:
lolonoa Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
really nice,
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:iconcommonjohn:
commonjohn Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job with the scars!
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:iconultimatede:
ultimatede Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Four arms? Loving it, just one more piece you have made incredibly unique with the perfect extra touches
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:iconzig-zag-zug:
Zig-zag-zug Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
But at the end of the day, she turned to be a pretty good dentist. :D
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:iconthefatdood:
thefatdood Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
brilliant!
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:iconsamuel-nordius:
Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You have perfected your technique beyond what seems possible. I can't stop looking at your paintings.
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:iconlunaticpandaaura:
LunaticPandaAura Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Amazing work!! I can just imagine that face breaking into a horrible smile while shes enjoying her work.. seriously creepy! good job!! xD
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:icongadgetsmith:
Gadgetsmith Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm seeing all those torture-devices, paired with the name of "Nin" & the term "Pain Artist" makes Me Think of Nine Inch Nails a lot. Is this intentional?

Well, either way, well done once again.
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:iconmiasmas:
Miasmas Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great sense of light in all of your work.
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:iconink5000:
ink5000 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
your work is always spellbinding. totally amazing, you inspire me!!!!!
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:iconstan36solo:
Stan36Solo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing...reminds me of the Hell Raiser a lil bit
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:iconnoitusan:
Noitusan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Spectacular lighting.
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:iconnmac1983:
NMac1983 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks like an evil version of Zhaan from the Farscape series.
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:iconsandmanda:
sandmanda Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
THIS CARD IS EPIC! And I love the arttt! The glowy and electricity are awesome.
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:iconspydraxis01:
Spydraxis01 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Exquisite man your images are good WOC sucks for finding you first LOL
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:iconquest007:
Quest007 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011   Digital Artist
Excellent!
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:iconubermonster:
Ubermonster Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
SICK!
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:iconabdullahnaeemkhan:
AbdullahNaeemKhan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
excellent man... i love the way u paint light warm to cool.. and the glossiness of skin.. very gud :)
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:iconzsoltkosa:
ZsoltKosa Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011   Digital Artist
awesome design! :P
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:icontygerson:
Tygerson Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Wow. She looks almost human--just enough to be really disturbing. The colors and light are awesome!
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:iconisthmusline:
IsthmusLine Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
ah what to say? It's fantastic. The texture makes it look wet and all the more real. But it's so scary!
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:iconcarabarts:
CarabARTS Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this is impresive fuckin impresive!
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:icondarthseige:
DarthSeige Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow! Were you still using your smudge technique on this?
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:iconbeastlybeats:
BeastlyBeats Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Great artwork.



-SPOILER!-

Nin, The Pain Artist.
1/1 costs RB
(X)RB t: Nin, The Pain Artist deals X damage to target creature. That creatures controller draws X cards.

1 word, darksteel plate. (I mean two words =d)
Or swans of bryn argoll
or stuffy doll
or Niv-Mizzet the firemind

Yeah, just a brilliant card. ^^
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:iconrawsunlight:
RawSunlight Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yep awesome is the word! :)
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:iconelinewton:
Elinewton Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Totaly awesome!!
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:icongjsx51:
gjsx51 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have been seeing this image on various forums, and it is captivating. Fine work. Love the new WOTC illustrations posted last week (or thereabouts). I am inspired every time I look at your work!
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:icongjsx51:
gjsx51 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have been seeing this image on various forums, and it is captivating. Fine work. Love the new WOTC illustrations posted last week (or thereabouts). I am inspired every time I look at your work!
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:iconmichaelcrutchfield:
MichaelCrutchfield Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Damn well done.
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