Magic artist Richard Kane Ferguson talks about his favorite MTG art pieces

Longtime Magic: The Gathering artist Richard Kane Ferguson (a.k.a. RKF) highlights his favorite MTG he's done for the game to date and tells the story behind each one.

RKF made his MTG debut in 1994's Legends and, not surprisingly, some of his all-time favorite work he's done for Magic come from that era, including cards like Dakkon Blackblade, Nebuchadnezzar, and others.  Jokingly, he calls the ten Legends characters he created artwork for as his own "MCU."

"I've got these characters -- these ten characters -- that really started everything," explains RKF.

"Dakkon in particular is a character that I identify with to a certain degree," he says.  "I've been drawing and painting Dakkon for 30 years and, truth is, I never get tired of it."

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Another favorite of his comes from the set Mirage, which came out in October of 1996, with the card Searing Spear Askari.

"It was just thrilling," comments RKF.  "I just sat down and really had no idea if it would be a big card or a small card.  I just loved the character itself."

The artist says that's always how he approaches creating artwork for Magic.

"It was really about the character, the concept," he says.

Beyond that, Ferguson says he's finding it interesting which cards and card arts of his become popular with Magic players and how popularity seems to come in waves.  It's something he notices as players ask him to autograph cards.

"I didn't sign a Boomerang for ten, twelve years," RKF points out.  "Then, all of a sudden, I'm signing a load of Boomerangs."

He continues, "So it's just really interesting to see what comes back into recirculation and what still resonates."

Even today, RKF is still making artwork for Magic: The Gathering with a number of cards being featured in sets released in 2023 such as Grand Abolisher in Commander Masters and Vampiric Tutor in Dominaria Remastered.

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.