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Magic The Gathering: Nicol Bolas by Cryptcrawler Magic The Gathering: Nicol Bolas by Cryptcrawler
Box/Advertising art for Magic the Gathering's 2013 Core Set.

Working on this was an absolute privilege and I'm extremely grateful to have been asked to illustrate Magic the Gathering's supreme bad ass, Nicol Bolas.

Missing out on the Innistrad block really hurt. I adore gothic horror and it was loaded with so many disgusting bad guys, but getting to draw the master of all evil masterminds more than made up for it.

You can find out more about the 2013 Core Set here: [link]

Click on him twice for the largest view

Art Director: Jeremy Jarvis
Copyright Wizards of the Coast


Buy a print of this illustration here: [link]


Thanks for all the thoughtful, funny and very appreciated comments, it means a lot to me and my family.

God Bless
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:iconwheeloffortune2012:
Wheeloffortune2012 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Professional Writer
Congrats! :)
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:iconraptorarts:
RaptorArts Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing work! I just emailed Wizards of the coast about being an artist for one of their cards. Not sure what will happen but I have my fingers crossed.
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AnonymousCommentor01 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  New member
You actually designed the box art?
Thank You
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:iconsockmonkey95:
sockmonkey95 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
wow....speechless. Great work :)
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:iconwondermeow:
wondermeow Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
So awesome
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:iconkairanakune:
KairaNakune Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You drew this fantasic badass you are a badass ^.^! Bolas for the win!
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:iconsashikobroayumu:
SashikobroAyumu Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
wow very cool
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:icongeorge-arruda:
George-Arruda Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
best box Magic ever put out, this artwork was simply amazing.
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:iconsnake368:
snake368 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
SO WICKED!
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:icontolsimir91:
Tolsimir91 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
fantastic art!
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:icondragkor:
Dragkor Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
wait, i always thought that this image magically appeared in earth!
never had i begun to think that someone could do such awesomeness!
thank you, good lord crypt crawler for bringing such an amazing view of Nicol Bolas for us magic players!

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:iconarcnom:
Arcnom Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student Interface Designer
as a fan of magic the Gathering, i have to thank you for this epic illustration!
i have the box and im inlove with it :3
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:icondracofulmen:
dracofulmen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
You made this?????? I use it as my desktop wallpaper!!!!
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:iconcrossphantoka:
CrossPhantoka Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
NICKEL BACKUS!!!
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:iconbradcampbell:
BradCampbell Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is fucking amazing. I have never played Magic before, but shit, I might just start now. AMAAAAAZING WORK GOOD SIR!!
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:iconbrad42104:
brad42104 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
heyyyy I've played this game lolz
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:iconphoenix001:
Phoenix001 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:heart: :worship:
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:iconaron-the-razielim:
Aron-the-Razielim Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is just awesomely, stunning great. Wow. :wow:
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:iconhowlingatmidnight:
HowlingAtMidnight Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
I have the box with this on it! SOOOOOOO AWESOME
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:icondanderfull:
Danderfull Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is soooooo freakishly epic!!!!
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:iconforcesword12:
Forcesword12 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Bolas would probably say something to the effect of:

"Impressive.....for a mortal..."
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:iconlaurentusvonsenin:
LaurentusVonSenin Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
ok ok ok! Sit back, breathe ... Wow, great creature! Love this Style and Detail!
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:iconphyrexianrevoker:
phyrexianrevoker Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is the guy with the lance Umezawa?

btw, epic art.
the dragon is badass, but what I really love in here is the dusty ruins scenario XD.
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:icondeadmenkil:
Deadmenkil Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty awesome dragon
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:iconirieverheyen:
IrieVerheyen Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
nicol bolas is dragon lord. really cool
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:icontheshadowhunter22:
theshadowhunter22 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicol Bolas is the most epic dragon ever and this work is really awesome \o/
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:iconcoyoteofthesands:
CoyoteoftheSands Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
you designed the boxart for this planeswalker?
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:iconkaelanstorm:
kaelanstorm Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I own the box, and I have to say it's one of the best artworks I've ever seen :)
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:icondabaut:
dabaut Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Beautiful.
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:iconzargolinan:
Zargolinan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nice art.
I just got the Deckbuilder toolkit that has this all over the box.
It looks so cool.

I am curious, though, who's that guy standing in front of Bolas?
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:iconlisagorska:
LisaGorska Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
the awesomeness in this one is so strong...
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:iconkoyira:
Koyira Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My god, it looks so amazing! Love your style! :D
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:iconpoison-stripes:
Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This...THIS!!! My God this is just awesome!! :clap:
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:iconletdragon:
Letdragon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
That dragon is seriously boss. :0
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:iconyoshimario40:
Yoshimario40 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Pst. Could you draw him reading a book? I wanna see modern Nicol Bolas reading a book. : D
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:icongerakai:
Gerakai Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I love ur work its SO EPIC! congrats!
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:iconsanguiniusson:
SanguiniusSon Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
God's Bolas...!!!
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:iconmiracle-overloading:
Miracle-overloading Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
I'm curious, were you given any instructions in regards to that little tiny soon-to-be-dead-guy in the foreground?
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:iconforcesword12:
Forcesword12 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
You mean the main character? XD
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:icondoghamburguer:
doghamburguer Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Interface Designer
SOMEEEEDAY.....
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:iconkledefell:
Kledefell Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
very good job, the man below is Sarkhan?
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:iconpsyxofthoros:
Psyxofthoros Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
So you are the one to thank for this artwork eh? :iconkaneclapplz: Good Lord, great job there!!!
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kaname4127 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
man, I love using bolas. thank you for making such amazing art for him, it makes playing him all the better.
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L-I-M-E-A-D-E Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Having the M13 DBTK sitting on the hutch above my head and looking at this is one of the coolest feelings in the world.
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:iconexposurepersonality:
ExposurePersonality Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Photographer
Dragon Wins!
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:icongilpires:
GilPires Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
a deviant did this... that's awesome ;D THUMBS UP!!
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:iconzeo521:
Zeo521 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Very awesome artwork, I have the two different card artworks, but this one just shows how awesome Bolas looks over the other two.
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:icondawnofhope2012:
DawnOfHope2012 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
out of curiosity who's the guy trying to 1v1 Bolas?
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:iconllamamilk4:
llamamilk4 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That would be Gideon Jura.
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AltairTheEye Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Not likely. Gideon has a Sural not a staff/
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