Magic artist Steve Argyle talks about his favorite MTG art pieces

Steve Argyle has been creating artwork for Magic: The Gathering since 2008.  Among the pieces he's made for the game, he has a few favorites.

"The first piece I was really excited about -- the way it turned out and the process of doing it was Slave of Bolas," says Argyle.

The artist says it's partially because of the emotion conveyed in the image as an angel from Alara is being controlled by Nicol Bolas.

"So, I have an angel and she's fallen to her knees and there's tears in her eyes and all of her sigils are breaking," expands Argyle.  "I just felt like that was the first piece where I feel like I created a story in a piece of art."


Of course, Slave of Bolas isn't the only of Argyle's works that stand out to him.  The artwork he created for the card Chandra Ablaze is also high on his list.

"She was my first planeswalker, she's one of the earliest planeswalkers, and I had my wife model for it," he explains.

Chandra Ablaze, however, isn't the planeswalker card Argyle is most known for.

"My most iconic which everybody knows is Liliana of the Veil," he points out.  "We went through a handful of iterations to get her costume right and get her background right and since then -- I think she came out in 2008/2009 -- she's treated me very well."

As for Argyle's latest pieces of artwork, he did two pieces for the Doctor Who Universes Beyond set: Feed the Swarm and Delete.

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.