Magic artist Bryon Wackwitz talks about his favorite pieces of MTG art

Magic: The Gathering artist Bryon Wackwitz singles out his favorite MTG art to date and tells the story behind each one. 

Artist Bryon Wackwitz started making artwork for Magic: The Gathering with 1994's Legends and kept at it through Alliances, the second set in the game's Ice Age block.

He remembers those times fondly.

"I didn't really know what I was doing," he confesses.  "So, a lot of the art I did back there, now I look back at it and don't find a lot of favor with a lot of it."

Wackwitz says he feels he didn't really hit his stride until he began making artwork for Legend of the Five Rings, a collectible card game made by Alderac Entertainment Group that debuted in mid-to-late 1995.

Still, the artist does have some favorites from his days as a Magic artist.

"I think Angus [Mackenzie] was what I was most proud of," he states.  "And that's because the original card art was seven inches by five inches."

But beyond that, says Wackwitz, it's because Angus was based off of a character from a British film from 1975.

"I'm a huge Monty Python fan, so I decided I'm gonna do my version of Tim the Enchanter and that's who Angus Mackenzie is -- he's my version of Tim the Enchanter," tells Wackwitz.

WATCH: MTG artist Bryon Wackwitz talks about his favorite pieces of Magic artwork

Beyond that, a few other pieces of artwork Wackwitz has done still stick out to him after all of these years.  And that includes the artwork he did for the legendary land, Urborg.

"That's because that's Skeletor's castle," he says.  "There were no rules.  No rules at all."

Wackwitz says he's quite the He-Man fan.

"I had the chance with Urborg and 'The Land of Evil' -- the sheet came and it was like 'Urborg: Land of Evil' and that's literally it," he tells.

Other favorites of his include the Ice Age version of ShatterLegends legendary land Pendlehaven, and Kjeldoran Escort from Alliances.

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.