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Magic the Gathering: Dryad Arbor by Cryptcrawler Magic the Gathering: Dryad Arbor by Cryptcrawler
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So what the hell are you supposed to do when you've been commissioned to illustrate something peaceful and tranquil, but you've only got dripping, black horror running through your brain 24-7?

I'm glad you asked.
You suck it up, break out that old Enya CD you thought no one knew about and crank Orinoco fucking Flow at ear-bleeding decibals til you get it done, son!


Released as a spoiler over at the MTG Forums for a future From The Vault series: [link]

Words have meaning. I read every comment and I always look forward to getting them; thank you so much for your interest in my art, I hope I continue to earn it.

God be with you,
Brad



Art Director: The one and only Jeremy Jarvis
Copyright Wizards Of The Coast LLC
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:icongreeneyezz:
GreenEyezz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
I've loved this picture you painted for the Dryad Arbor card since I first saw it while playing cards.
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:iconprojectanimation:
ProjectAnimation Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is stunning! 
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:iconmuffin91man:
Muffin91mAn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
This is one of my absolute favourite pieces of art from MTG. I am currently, desperately trying to get my hands on one of the cards, because the artwork is simply so much more beautiful than the original.

Thank you so much for this piece of work :)
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Lovely UuU
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:icontanice001:
Tanice001 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
:happybounce: Heart 
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:icondavidthedemon:
Davidthedemon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
I do love how there is A couple kissing in the background.
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:iconmuck1:
muck1 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Funnily enough I never realized that when on the card.

Lovely piece of work!
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:iconthefierylantern:
TheFieryLantern Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love how you illustrated the the dryads
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:iconfreeman952:
freeman952 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
love it
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:iconelandiela:
Elandiela Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Great art! :)
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:iconbeachelf:
beachelf Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
:iconthumbsupplz: Excellence!
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:iconabstracttara123:
abstractTara123 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Artist
awesome! :D keep up the great work.
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:iconangkardian:
Angkardian Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah Your caption cracked me up XD
Orinoco flow XD
Favourite right away :)
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:iconcouldbeyou:
CouldBeYou Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Very inspiring  its great work =)
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:iconluthilius:
Luthilius Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Hahahaha! Love the back story. Nice Painting!
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:iconjustingedak:
JustinGedak Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice work.
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:iconannafuru:
annafuru Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
very beautiful, and I like how you made the trees look like woman!^^
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:icondanielleivanova:
DanielleIvanova Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The darkness is definitely there. The fact that it's so subtle makes it even creepier. I love the misty background and the amazing details of the tree texture to the front :love:
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:iconfenixindustries:
FenixIndustries Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Love the colours, the textures, everything about it, but...

Did anyone else get the weird, fleeting, first impression before looking at the name of it that the man was seducing women and turning them into trees by kissing them?

Never mind me, I'm going to go sit by myself in the corner and try not to think about being turned into a tree...
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:iconasliceofunagi:
ASliceOfUnagi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
And i didnt even notice that couple kissing in the card. 
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:iconpencilpirates:
pencilpirates Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist
so beautiful!
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:iconduenasfilms:
DuenasFilms Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I always said magic the gathering art belongs on gallery walls so we can appreciate the detail!
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:iconbutterwingz:
Butterwingz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Not so good. Why don't you paint all of it ?
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:iconcraigsoulsby:
CraigSoulsby Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
daphuk?!
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:iconceige1:
ceige1 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
i like reading artists' comments. reading yours above (about Enya) had me busting a gut laughing, thank you. well, whatever you had to do to dig to to get this, it worked. i think this piece is great!
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iamyoursaviour Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
I thought this reprint looked great, but seeing the full art is amazing! Great job, and I love the random couple making out in the background, likely making the dryads uncomfortable (it's their arbor, go make out somewhere else).
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:icondoubtingthomas:
doubtingthomas Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist
:iconshellshockedpikachu: WITNESS ONCE MORE THE POWER OF ENYA

I think this might be my favourite of all the cards you've done, along with Nin. The detail on the smaller vegetation/epiphytes/etc. is masterful. :D Glad the crank-Enya-'til-not-grimdark method worked out so well for you.

<.< *is still hanging out for Arch Enemy or Opeth or someone to do a cover of Book of Days
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:iconhodoku:
Hodoku Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
OH SHIT YOU DID THIS ONE TOO?! Damn man. You rule :)
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:iconspeakingwaters:
SpeakingWaters Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely!!!!!
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:iconshoulda-been-a-cat:
shoulda-been-a-cat Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't get over how beautiful and detailed your work is!
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:iconc-i-s-e-k:
c-i-s-e-k Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
You can almost see the Dryads dancing to Enya. Really great work! Can't wait to see this one on an actual card.
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:iconnex-darkangel:
Nex-DarkAngel Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Enya so much :)
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:iconnelsonngyn0:
Nelsonngyn0 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful!
I've always loved the use of orange colour on green cards.
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:iconnightmarecupcake:
NightmareCupcake Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so pretty, love the trees 8D
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:icondracojane7:
DracoJane7 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconnoorterling:
Noorterling Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Fantastic work!! :)
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:iconobscuresanctuary:
ObscureSanctuary Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I love this. The trees are so beautiful and the figures in the background just add to the effect.
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:iconaudranasa:
Audranasa Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
it still looks a little scary and creepy x/
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:iconraddo0:
raddo0 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
love it mane
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:iconkevinnichols:
KevinNichols Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Pretty cool!
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:iconlaurentusvonsenin:
LaurentusVonSenin Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Amazingly beautiful, very treeish Dryads! Great!
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:iconsun-stone:
sun-stone Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist
The fog gives the area a subtly creepy look. I completely missed the kissing couple the first time I looked at it. I get the impression that maybe the dryads don't want them there....
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:iconmourphine:
Mourphine Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
the harmonic balance of green and red... SUCH BEAUTIFUL NUETRALS. SOMEBODY HOLD ME.
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:icongb-ex:
GB-EX Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Wow, I just noticed the couple kissing in the background... And this is after having looked at this image at least half a dozen times before already.
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:icondudereno:
Dudereno Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Isn't this one of those lost Dutch masterpieces?
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:iconando-commando:
ando-commando Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
I love this picture so much.
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SnapBanditWolf Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely immaculate technique. I love the colour scheme, and the way the dryads direct your attention to the couple. And there's so much DETAIL, goodness me. It's beautiful.
Also I cracked up laughing at your comment. Oh man that caught me off guard :rofl:
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:iconpondelion:
pondelion Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
There is a certain rhythmic quality with the way the tree"spirits" encircles the couple. Stunning work and beautiful composition!
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:iconzak05:
Zak05 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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:iconhitmontin:
HITMONTIN Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student General Artist
TEACH ME, OH MASTER
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