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Magic the Gathering: Dryad Arbor by Cryptcrawler Magic the Gathering: Dryad Arbor by Cryptcrawler
Buy a print of Dryad Arbor here: [link]


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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annafuru Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful, and I like how you made the trees look like woman!^^
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DanielleIvanova 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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FenixIndustries 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:
And i didnt even notice that couple kissing in the card. 
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:iconpencilpirates:
so beautiful!
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DuenasFilms 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:
Not so good. Why don't you paint all of it ?
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CraigSoulsby Dec 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
daphuk?!
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:iconceige1:
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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:iconiamyoursaviour:
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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