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Planeswalkers Pantheon by Cryptcrawler Planeswalkers Pantheon by Cryptcrawler
Buy a PRINT of The Planeswalkers Pantheon here: [link]

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Ok, I lied.

THIS is the toughest piece i've ever had to work on.

I've really been looking forward to showing this baby to you guys and it was finally released this weekend at SDCC - as a poster - over at the Magic the Gathering booth.

I'll unload the epic tale behind the 6 straight months I worked on this piece with about 4-5 hours of sleep a night on top of doing daddy day care - but it's going to have to wait for the coffee-table art-book I'll release in the misty future one day.

This is only at 50% of the full image size - i.e. lifesize, since this is essentially the second "half" of the "Duels of the Planeswalkers" piece I completed earlier in the year.

I mention those few details for those of you who think you can't accomplish your goals in art in the face of enormous adversity.

You can: you just have to be willing to suffer for it.
Make excuses to draw, you'll be glad you did.

Im trying to widdle away at the comments as best I can but I've got a HUGE workload this month and the wife is about to squeeze out our son (Max) literally within a couple of weeks.
I read every comment and they really, really mean a lot to me and my family - so thanks so much for your interest and entertaining banter; we love it!

I hope you enjoy it, best wishes to you all and God bless!

This image is owned by and copyright Wizards of the Coast LLC 2012.

Tools: Photoshop 7
Art Director: Jeremy Jarvis

From left to right: Tezzeret, Sarkhan Vol, Karn, Elspeth, Nissa, Sorin Markov, Jace, Gideon Jura, Chandra Nalaar, Garruk, Kiora, Koth, Liliana, Ajani

PS - the Merfolk Planeswalker inbetween Garruk and Liliana is Kiora Atua (blue/green). Just thought id mention that since ive seen a lot of folks asking.
Theres also a lot of folks asking about Venser and Nicol Bolas.
As far as I know Venser is dead (died helping free Karn I believe), as for Nicol?
Probably somewhere rubbing his scaley hands together, plotting the demise of those you see here.

EDIT: Sorry, had to upload a smaller file; I'm already hearing about people running posters and ripping off my client in the process.
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WorthlessBums Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
Just got back into MtG. This is sealing the deal pretty hard xD Amazing work!
Zyndarius Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
There are no words capable to describe the awesomeness of this godly epic art. This is truly magnificent.
Kasumidoll Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly epic! I wish I had half the talent...
dam96 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
 clap remake 1b very good job clap remake 1b 
Hadigun Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Love it.. Bravo !
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
MadManny510 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is just...amazing. When I see this picture, I think of the Magic color wheel - Things like Order, Logic, Technology, Parasatism, Amorality, Chaos...etc, a lot of that diversity is shown here. From that perspective,  I don't necessarily think you need to put anyone else in this picture, but that's just my perspective.

Though while I'm here I'll add another "I vote for Bolas" to your tally marks. I think Bolas represents something about the universe of MTG that the other planeswalkers can't. Sometimes all powerful beings come very in massive forms, but more than just being a big dude, he's one of MTG most iconic bad guys, and one of the oldest. His role in MTG storylines has also gone beyond/before he dawns the title of planeswalker, that alone (to me at least) is enough to add him. That said, I don't know how you would put him in there. Far off in the background...lurking amongst the shadows...ever plotting...I can see it!

Again this picture is just amazing, to call your work impressive is a vast understatement. I always look forward to seeing more from you.
wanderingstreet Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ki55ie Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't fave this it so much!!!!:eeee: 
DarkTone408 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vamrem Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Great, realistic and ultra detailed, thanks for sharing! :)
Daveypuff Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your depictions of each plainswalker here are perfect, from Gurruk's savage demeanor, Elspeth's, seemingly constant, look of righteous indignation (seriously lighten up girl) to Sorin's smug grin. I just love it and can't wait to see more of your work.
Luthilius Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Great! Sick! Viscous! Tight! Good! I need more synonyms! :*(  :D
LuminaLightsbane Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this is amazing. My jaw literally dropped when I saw this.
NicoKobalt Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh man! this is crazy! stare
alfredroth Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
dont know what to say....speechless
alachia Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
this is amazing!
AnSmoll Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Love them! Wonderful art!
pokemontrainerjay Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What about Tibalt, Tamiyo, Ral Zezarek, etc.
TribeChief Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
can u draw something for me? please reply its nothing big
cUzNfLIcK3r Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
are yiu going to make one with the newer planes walkers like tobalt, domir and xenagos
dracofulmen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
I think that you are brad rigney.
gehco Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wicked piece of work.
- Wouldn't wanna be the one to tell these guys the 'photo-shoot' was a bust because a hair was out of place :D
putridCheese Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you do another one of these with the post New Phyrexia planeswalkers. :9
Fiery-Irish-Lass Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
My favorite picture, fabulous job with every single one.
FireLeviathan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Karn's face is the greatest expresion of happiness XD
AtTheAmidorianGates Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
I have been looking at digital art ALLOT for 7 yrs and I think this may very well be the best single piece I have ever seen. The realism-3d-ness is just amazing, plus the colors and the shading.
Rease1982 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is most likely the one of the best if not the best looking drawing i have seen since i joined Deviantart. Inspiring is not the word, From one dad to another this is AWSOME.
forbiddensabre Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
amazing <3
jumikun Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
You have really improved a lot at that short timespan. I really loved this one. Never stop improving, man.
ASliceOfUnagi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Soooo gooood. 
sorinlordofinnistrad Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
venser died to free karn from the phyrexians
majoramark Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I think i can name most of the planeswalkers

Lets see, Ajani, Liliana, Koth of the hammer, Garruk, Chandra, Gideon, Jace, Sorin, Tezzeret, Nissa, Karn, Sarkhan, and Elspeth
Dunno whi the lady between Garruk and Koth is, Maybe vraska?
Mishi-Nagano Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have the deck box and sleeves of this. The limited addition one for my soldier deck. I wish it was able to hold this entire picture on it
alexander-john Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this picture is the reason why I chasing digital art. So awesome! I can't imagine how you can create something like this!

Thank you for opening my eyes to digital art, here's for your success :)
Phoenix001 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:heart: :worship:
sorinlordofinnistrad Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
im wondering why they didn't put nicol bolas on this
ilovedev Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
HOLY SHIT!!! :la: choir :Big eyes: Say Cheeze-Emote 

Please read the sci fi/horror journal on my page please?!
sorinlordofinnistrad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
ral zarek and tamiyo aren't on this pantheon either why is that
sorinlordofinnistrad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
why aren't domri and vraska on this pantheon
Hansoui Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
I just noticed something. Tibalt isn't on this Pantheon. Is it because Tibalt wasn't "Ignited his planeswalker spark" when this came along?
ARKI-ONEPOINTZERO Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
greatest digital drawing ive seen so far

TharaCorleone Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing artwork is the reason I got into Magic the Gathering (only been playing a year or so now). And it's always great when fans can match that calibre, and you certainly did that here. Especially amazing job on Sorin and Jace, my two favourite Planeswalkers. :3 
RustyMuFFins Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Writer
You should just be the official planeswalker artist. This is incredible.
RustyMuFFins Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Writer
Actually, let me rephrase; please do some planeswalker art! Your Chandra is incredible and I don't know anyone who wouldn't die and go to heaven after seeing you do a Liliana set like you did with Chandra.

I love the realism in this. You captured them all pretty well, I think. Your art is great and I look forward to seeing what else you come up with.
Silversennin Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fucking love it O_O
Cloudy0Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Zipfelzeus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Why do I love this so much? You're the best <3
icerow Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013   Digital Artist
just perfect !
andre-ma Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
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