Magic artist Bruce Brenneise talks about his favorite MTG art pieces

Artist Bruce Breneisse has been making artwork for Magic: The Gathering cards since 2003's Commander Legends: The Battle for Baldur's Gate.

To date, that's 24 pieces of artwork for the game.  Of those, he has a few that especially stand out to him.  And that includes a the artwork he did for a basic island Baldur's Gate set.  It's a piece called "Baldur's Gate Harbor."

"Since I grew up playing the Baldur's Gate games 1 & 2, that just scratched my nostalgia itch," he says.  "And, also I got to do a nocturn -- a night scene -- and I feel like it has a very classic art/historical feel."


Another favorite piece the artist has done for Magic is for the card The Belligerent from the set The Lost Caverns of Ixalan.

"I think the idea of the ship going over the waterfall is really interesting as an artist because almost every piece feels like that," Breneisse comments.  "Like, steering your ship off a waterfall."

And a third piece of his Magic card art that especially calls to him is the work he did for the Planechase card, Esper.

"I love weird landscapes and Esper is a very weird kind of a place and, since it's a double-sized card, I got to put in more detail and more weirdness," he says.

Outside of MTG, Breneisse also does work for other games such as The Witcher, Dungeons & Dragons, Slay the Spire, and others.

Barry White

Barry White is a longtime Magic: The Gathering player, having started in 1994 shortly before the release of 'Fallen Empires.' After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, he went on to a 15-year journalism career as a writer, reporter, and videographer for three different ABC affiliate newsrooms.