Birds of Paradise
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Large 13 x 19" limited edition of 150, signed and numbered in gold, printed on archival watercolor paper.

 

Story Behind the Art

I oftentimes get asked if I just come up with ideas for cards, or if I'm asked to illustrate a certain thing. In the early days of Magic, there was much more visual flexibility. However, now there are specific style guides as well as detailed descriptions. I've posted the art description I was given below:

TITLE: PROMO Birds of Paradise
ART DESCRIPTION:
Color: Green Creature
Location: Sky
Action: Show a bird of paradise (based on the real-world bird of the same name) that is flying out in the wild.
Focus: On the "bird of paradise" in flight
Mood: a living rainbow, and a thing of beauty in this bleak, grey world
Notes: Normal "real world" birds of paradise" have only 2 tail feathers, however, the one you paint should have many long tail feathers, not just two, with each being a different bright color.

The elegant curves in the work of Alphonse Mucha continually inspire me. You can see his influence in the design of the tail feathers.

As a side note, if any of you are especially intrigued by these gorgeous birds, there's a wonderful full length Nature show about them which I found fascinating.

Shown below is the sketch I created and emailed for approval.

Birds of Paradise MtG Sketch

From this sketch, I went on to paint the final art using acrylic and colored pencils. You can get up-close and personal with part of the illustration if you want to see some of the details.



Birds of Paradise - Limited Edition Print

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