The Magic Art of Seb McKinnon

The Magic Art of Seb McKinnon


What you are watching is a scene from a new chapter in the KIN Fables tale titled “The Stolen Child”. Five years ago, in 2013, the project debuted with KIN, an atmospheric short film that followed a young girl, a faceless knight on a pale white horse, and a circle of dancing spirits that linked their two worlds together. KIN went on to win Best Cinematography at the Fantasia International Film Festival in the Quebec Short Film Category later that same year. The success of the picture led brothers Ben and Seb McKinnon to turn the stand-alone project into a trilogy, introducing both modern and high-fantasy characters to the story and expanding their artistic potential in the process. Seb’s own musical compositions set the soundscape and drove the narrative in all three parts. And after losing his brother in late 2016, Seb has revived the world with an outstanding installment that hints at future chapters. This one is dedicated to Ben. I introduce and lead with these short films because I would like to talk about atmosphere and mood in this video. When one explores Seb McKinnon’s work for Magic, mood is perhaps the most immediate quality that ties his pieces together and separates them from the rest. By looking at his cinematography, as well as the artists that influence him to paint, we can begin to understand how he develops the eerie, ephemeral worlds we see in his commissions. We can also get an idea of the power in conceptual art that ignores the tenets of realism in favor of leaning into the imaginary. Ultimately, I would like to talk about Seb’s art because it presents a world of high fantasy without being bound to the rules and traditions of Magic. Seb McKinnon grew up Montreal, Quebec, Canada alongside four wildly creative younger brothers. As kids, they made up “Map Game”, an imaginary role playing game that utilized sketches of knights and armies to tell their stories, and played it everywhere they went. Eventually, the boys found Magic. Seb was drawn to the illustrations and collected cards accordingly despite not knowing how the game worked. Given the energy in the family, to pursue anything outside of the creative arts as a career would have been remiss. So Seb enrolled in technical school, got a degree in Illustration and Design at Dawson College, and snagged a job at Ubisoft after graduating. He worked on the concept team for the Rainbow Six franchise before landing his first commission with Wizards of the Coast in 2012. Attended Knight in the M13 Core Set was Seb’s first illustration, which aligned with the medieval, Arthurian worlds that set the foundations for his love for fantasy. The image shows a knight atop an adorned horse beside a soldier carrying her lance and shield, both situated amidst a garden within the walls of a castle. The mood is hopeful and valiant: Seb used a palette of pastels across the piece, dropping light from above to highlight the power-pose of the knight. The castle walls break in the background to center and draw our eye towards her. The garden is full of growth, the sky has thick, wispy clouds, and all seems well in the kingdom. This piece debuted just after the Innistrad block, which as a whole could serve as the antithesis of the mood found here. It is also one of McKinnon’s favorite planes, one where he feels most at home. Since Attended Knight, Seb has provided art for nearly 100 cards, and a strong majority of these pieces show dark, eerie, melancholic compositions. Art Directors continually assign him black cards because of his ability to turn the macabre into something beautiful. It makes sense when we look at his influences within the visual arts. McKinnon credits the legendary Swedish fairytale artist of the early 20th century John Bauer for inspiration. The flat planes, the washed-out watercolor palettes, and the slightly haunting, dreamy imagery is synonymous with Seb’s style. He also credits Ivan Solyaev as a contemporary artist he admires. Solyaev’s work taps into the strange and uses monochromatic figurework to generate a sense of dread in viewers. And Alan Lee, a concept artist for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, mixes tightly-rendered landscapes with much looser atmospheric elements like fog, water, and light to breathe life into the fantasy world. McKinnon employs these same elements in his work as well, which has become a staple of his style. Most of his illustrations depict characters outside, either grappling with some manifestation of the natural world, or emerging from it like an extension of its essence. It makes sense that his admiration for Newfoundland, where he enjoys filming because of its picturesque and otherworldly landscapes, would trickle into his art. Moss is the motif that gives Growing Ranks its mysterious mood, and fire and lightning generate chaos and destruction in Vandalblast. But perhaps the most useful and significant elements for Seb’s narrative are fog and water. With these two devices, he is able to keep his renders loose and expressive, and heavily tap into the abstract. In the early days, fog and water could help set the scene and do exactly as you would expect. Millennial Gargoyle, for example, would certainly read differently without that heavy white blanket beneath him, which renders this creature quite threatening despite his withdrawn posture. Unknown Shores, one of my favorite pieces in the game, is also different without that stringy mist that wraps around the seashells like tinsel. Vaporkin goes all-in on the texture and cautiously draws the viewer in. “Is she to be trusted?” we may ask. This character, like the gargoyle, is withdrawn, shy, reserved, eerie. Many of McKinnon’s subjects are. They are not imposing, but instead taciturn and quiet. If we think back to Kubrick, aren’t these the much more terrifying characters? Not the ones that scream and surprise us through jump-scares, but instead the immobile ones that say nothing at all? This idea leads me to what I believe was Seb’s first stand-out artwork in Magic: Odunos River Trawler. The piece depicts a character who is able to bring back the dead, and is doing so in a frighteningly calm way. Apart from a dozen or so hands emerging from the still water, there is no movement. The character is outside, in a barren, open swamp that shows very little signs of life. Like Steven Belledin’s work, this landscape is heavily grounded in the real world, and without the creature in the center of the frame, it would work beautifully as a basic land for the game. To identify the mood, we can ask ourselves: how does this make me feel? Or perhaps, how would it feel to be there? To me, this piece is so successful because it requires no knowledge of the game to be understood. The haunting atmosphere inhabited solely by a steward of death is a trope that can be found in virtually any western culture. It embodies the idea of resurrection, but with a cost. Seb’s highly subdued color palette of light browns and grays evokes the emptiness of the themes at play, and perhaps recalls Alan Lee’s depiction of The Dead Marshes in Tolkien’s novel. The most striking aspect, though, is this very small brushstroke behind the character’s head. In a composition that is almost entirely horizontal, it reminds us of the medium and gives an aura of mysticism to this creature. It is so subtle, yet so effective. It merges the background to the foreground, bending the rules of perspective, and lends just enough contrast to make the lifeless face stand out. Like in a dream, when everything makes sense until you catch a glimpse of the surreal, and you slowly realize you are asleep. Seb returned to this motif in Shadows Over Innistrad with Pale Rider of Trostad. This piece also shows another aspect of his style, which is a shift away from three dimensionality in favor of a more uniform, flat visual plane. Over the years, McKinnon has pivoted between the traditional division of foreground, middleground, and background, and blending those three layers into one. By doing so, he has leaned further into the realm of the conceptual: instead of depicting concrete representations of creatures and places, he can render the idea of those creatures and places instead. In Grim Return, for example, McKinnon shows us the process of being saved from death. It is a three-panel story that is easily told in comic books but very difficult to achieve on a single Magic card. A heavily washed-out background lets the viewer understand that this is not three different knights, but instead a progression of an action taken by one. Coumbajj Witches takes this a step further and asks the question: is this a dance between two women, or a conceptualization of mortality? We all have to die, and coming to terms with that fact, or remaining constantly at odds with it, is what uniquely makes us human. The ethereal hair, the floating necklaces, and the mirroring of colors across the piece tell viewers to not take this image literally, but instead to ask what the piece has to say through symbolism and composition. Art can speak to you, and the mood through which it does will inform you of its message. Chronostutter is another example of an outstanding conceptual piece that tries to capture the vague idea of time. How do you depict what is so inherently abstract? I asked Seb about this piece and he told me that the art description called for an ornate hourglass enveloping a human warrior who is struggling in the quicksand. He built upon this idea and made it his own by replacing the sand with pebbles, adding a pair of statues made of driftwood, and setting the scene in front of an open sea of gentle waves. The entire image is washed in a blue hue which, again, gives it such a melancholic mood. McKinnon said that the idea of the ocean helped solidify the theme of time slowly and methodically eroding away all things. The piece is symmetrical, but not a simple mirror image of itself, which helps it feel more organic. It’s an artwork that I love, and if I were an art director, I would continue to assign Seb McKinnon prompts that even I would have trouble defining. “Hey Seb, can you show me the value in protecting the innocent?” “Hey Seb, you know the tinge of sadness that haunts a sunny Saturday afternoon? Paint that.” “Hey Seb, show me regret.” For the Egyptian-inspired plane of Amonkhet, McKinnon delivered another exceptional painting in Archfiend of Ifnir. Hopefully by now you can see all of the artist’s signature elements coalescing to form a highly unusual render of a Demon. Traditionally in Magic and in folklore, these creatures are menacing and angry, hellishly pursuing the living to exploit their desires. McKinnon’s demon is very much the opposite: it is taken aback and hides behind a leaning obelisk. Behind him are a series of cyclones, evoking an abstract danger that only bad weather brings. From the cloud of dust, the Demon’s wings emerge, which are loosely rendered and blended into the background. Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice the creature’s torso is two-dimensionally layered onto the plane, and its neck is turned a full 90º to face the viewer. The stare is empty: a blank expression void of all emotion. Like in Odunus River Trawler, Seb draws us to its face with a gentle wash of golden light atop its horns. The path below him invites us in, as if to say that the creature’s shy, withdrawn posture suggests it is the one afraid of us. Once more, we have a symmetrically balanced piece: the weight of the tower pushes against the crooked and sinister body of the beast. Everything is perfectly still. And in writing this description, I realize I have seen this image once before. Seb’s affinity with the German illustrator Nils Hamm is one he finds flattering. He has admired Nils’ portfolio for a long while, and credits Hamm’s ability to mix beauty and melancholy as a mutual goal of their work. Both artists’ uncanny capacity to utilize digital brushes as if they were watercolor, and to push the boundaries of the format into places that traditional paint struggles to do itself, is what separates them from the common criticisms of digital artwork. Mike Linnemann commented on this aspect in his art review of the Nicol Bolas Archenemy set: “Seb has been on fire as of late for really interesting compositions and beautifully rendered textures. The, “is he digital?” questions I field on Twitter are far from zero and that’s wonderful. Nils and Seb are keeping people guessing, forcing people to appreciate the art first, and think about medium second.” Their choices in opaque colors and roughened textures also very much lend themselves to the foiling process on physical Magic cards. Not all foils harmonize with their respective compositions, but McKinnon’s paintings tend to synchronize with the glimmer. So to bring the Magic art of Seb McKinnon to a close, I invite you to take a moment to look at this piece. This is not an image common for our card game. It is largely two dimensional and connotes the work of Leonora Carrington and, once again, John Bauer. Ask yourself how you feel, with whom you identify in the piece, as well as where your eye travels when you sit and observe it for a while. Whose side are you on? What does the arid and pinkish mountainscape behind the figures do for the piece? How does it benefit from forgoing the rules of painting with one-point perspective in favor of figures with very little spatial depth? What does the color red do? What happens if we choose to read this figuratively, and symbolically, instead of literally? How does this piece converse with the artist’s prior work, namely the conceptual images we looked at earlier in this video? To ask such questions is to listen to what the artist has to say, and to hear their message. Thanks for watching. All of the music in this video is composed by Seb McKinnon under the name “Clan”. That’s his music project which set the soundscape, like I said in the header of this video, for his short films. Well, Seb wanted me to relay onto you guys that soon he will be releasing limited edition playmats, doing a kickstarter so that he could fund a feature length film for the “KIN Fables Project”. It’s his way of having his art fund his other art so, that’s really cool. He’s a renaissance man. If you enjoyed the music, please reach out on Bandcamp and if you enjoyed the video or the art, please reach out in the comments and tell me which one your favorite is. This video for me has been like 8 months in the making, so I’ve been excited about—it’s just been ruminating, so I’m excited to finally put it out there. I think there are a lot of fans of Seb Mckinnon in the Magic community so it felt good to finally do it! Alright, guys. Thanks a lot for watching, I appreciate ya! Cheers!

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “The Magic Art of Seb McKinnon

  1. Rhystic Studies says:

    you can watch all of my Artist Study videos here:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg9H9LJ2OoGDk-rv1Tz2KuNkgUoRDSHbb

  2. Tim Z says:

    Modern horizons = 99% Seb McKinnon art

  3. Jack-Rufus Kelly says:

    Urgh, Seb McKinnon is my favourite artist. Not just in magic, in general. Incredible. I didn't have the money for those playmats at the time, gutted, I went onto the Kickstarter every day hoping I'd have a few beans to invest into it. :'O Once I complete my WotS collection, I'm going straight to getting one of every Seb McKinnon card.

  4. AmericanGamer21 says:

    Seb tribal deck needs to happen. He should get his own full art cards

  5. MotherLand says:

    Tell me man, were you first in class? Because you really expain you point like someone who has waaaay too much ease with words and essays. 😛

  6. Curelax YT says:

    I'd love to see an updated version of this, allowing for Aminatou and some of this Ravnica/WAR/Horizons pieces

  7. NMes says:

    My first card that I chased after in mtg was Assassin's Trophy, I never really thought too much about why. I figured, well everyone says it's good and it's expensive right now so I should get it. I opened it at guilds of ravnica prerelease and stared at it for a while, taking in the art and not being sure what drew me to it, but I was sure that I loved the card. Long after that I now realize it was Seb's work that made the card special and that magic is so much more than just a card game, it's a medium that allows you to have fun with the game while giving you access to tiny, beautiful pieces of art to cherish for a lifetime. I love a lot of magic art, but Seb holds a special place, I have a small collection of some of my favorite, less expensive cards at my desk at work and even coworkers who don't know the game have complimented the art of the cards. I'm typing this now as its come full circle for me, I funded his kickstarter and I'm getting a signed playmat of Assassin's Trophy in a few months and I'm thinking back on how amazing it is that this card game gave me a new appreciation of art that I never really had before.

  8. used2venom says:

    The sound quality in your videos is outstanding. Must have taken quite a while to dial in on it that well!

  9. Alessandro Boscaini says:

    God, Seb McKinnon has quickly climbed my list of favourite mtg illustrators…he’s on top with hamm, swanland and villeneuve

  10. Tormentor says:

    Just sad he doesn't offer bigger prints than he does. And tbf, I would really like to own an actual painting of his.

  11. Nathanael Waters says:

    By far my favorite artist not only in magic but of all time

  12. C Q says:

    This is an extremely well done video. Very interesting and it definitely is a great study on creating those dark themes and emotions in a very simple yet complete way

  13. Schnapsidee д says:

    This channel makes me feel what really is “PLAYING MAGIC”

  14. Mateo Gg says:

    I 100% was thinking of the Dead Marshes moments before you mentioned them!

  15. Victor Hugo Farias Rico says:

    Hi, i love your work!
    I really want hear you talking about Rebeca Guay art work, can you??
    Sorry, i would like to say more, but my english is very bad!
    Thanks for your great work man!

  16. MotherLand says:

    I absolutly love this video, it's my 4th time watching it and I contributed to Seb's kickstarter. As a fellow Montreal game developper, it's really nice to think we probaly already passed each other on the road and I never noticed it. Gj on the video and editing. It's a masterpiece.

    Ps: As a Canadian, I feel like it's important to tell you it's called New FOUND Land and not New ''Finland''. 😛 (at: 4:50)

  17. GlitchX says:

    Seb is easily one of the best current artists in Magic right now. He's consistently knocked it out of the park with every single artwork he's done. I'm super excited to see what he does for Throne of Eldraine

  18. Dan Lewis says:

    This is my third rewatch of this video. First, let me say that you have a truely 'documentarian' presence that is evoked in all your videos and none more here. Your pacing and tone of voice and the professional and highly communicative quality of your visuals compliment perfectly your insightful and heartfelt commentary on each aspect of the game you cover. Finally, to Seb, one of the greatest and most creative artists working today and my favorite magic artist: thank you.😎

  19. Paul Taylor says:

    I forgot I watched this a year ago. Seb McKinnon keeps banging out great cards that I searched his name out on your channel and loved this video second time around. I will probably be back again next year.

  20. Skullgrin says:

    Not gonna lie, Seb's gotta be one of absolute favourite artists EVER, not just in MTG, and hearing that things like Essence Flux and Deathsprout are digital just makes me want to work harder at my own digital art!

  21. RockmeHellsing says:

    One of my most Favorte Artists

  22. dr Stevenstrange says:

    When I was younger the magic art is what got me hooked into magic. I could tell the story they wanted to give in the artwork and through the flavor text. Today that still stands I always look for the best art on cards and I will typically pick cards that might be sub optimal but have good art or good flavor. My kethis super friends Commander deck for example is almost entirely composed of cards that have walkers in the art or on the flavor text in someway.

  23. Simon Douville says:

    My player fantasy is a block illustrated by Seb McKinnon and Rebecca Guay

  24. Pooper Dix says:

    This is our own Pearson's favorite artist.

  25. Mike Asterios says:

    The entire Mckinnon family is as cryptic as Seb's art, this surreal style doesn't come out of nowhere!

  26. Swampbutt Stinson says:

    What an extraordinary piece, I'm amazed at the depth found within a mere 15min. I had no idea of McKinnon's other ventures before viewing this so I greatly appreciate that for certain.

  27. griffin says:

    That's interesting that you viewed the archdemon as looking either shy or frightened, and from your video I can definitely see the connection. I always thought it had a more mountain lion caught mid-stalk to its prey waiting for its target to lower their guard. I think I like your interpretation more, it for sure provides more depth to the demon.

  28. Sejannus says:

    Everything Seb has ever painted exceeds potential of everything that has ever been painted.

  29. Amarok Tezcatlipoca says:

    Seb's version of Cuombajj Witches (black magic card) is objectively superior to the original, but they've never printed it on paper. The original has a bit more "sex appeal" but is clearly more crudely drawn and I love his artwork specifically and would love to see that art put on cardboard for my pauper deck. I also wish he'd sell me a playmat without having to play a lottery, I do support his filming endeavors to the fullest, but I'm broke and disabled so can't justify spending the cash to potentially not even get what I want.

  30. James Brincefield says:

    I’ve always been a huge fan of his work. Even before I started actually taking note of who was illustrating my favorite Magic art, his were some of my favorite in the game. When I try to visualize Magic’s art, his works are like the first things that come to mind (if that makes any sense. I couldn’t think of a better way to word it). His art work has always seemed very reminiscent of the imagery in del Toro’s films. It’s very interesting to find out that he actually has a background in film and I’m definitely going to check the one you mentioned out. Somehow I’ve never heard of it.

    If there’s ever a Dark Souls film, I hope he’s the art director.

  31. Brindley Faile says:

    Came here to see pretty things, left with art theory sticks pinky out to sip wine

  32. Alex DR says:

    Wunderschön

  33. Thiago says:

    I love everything about magic the gathering, but seb's artwork is something that drives me away from cool-looking cards and really makes me awe at the whole mtg world. when i play, i feel satisfied to play a seb's artwork just because the art make me feel one with magic. I trully worship his artwork and look forward for his next compositions to come, He stands out the most beautiful and eerie way I could eve imaginel Thank you,, seb, for making my gameplay feel the way I dreamt of.
    (Also, Soulherder is the most beautifully haunting art magic could ever hope for, even though I don't play it at all)

  34. Lion King Matiouz says:

    Cool to talk about this artist.
    His recent Soulherder's art is amazing and like "out of this world"

  35. Bojan Prakljacic says:

    I'm kinda bummed his millennial gargoyle is not holding a phone in his claw.

  36. Nic Howe says:

    Only recently got into Magic, Seb has been the first artist who really grabbed me. As soon as I saw Deliver Unto Evil, I immediately looked up which other cards were his. It's such a unique style that stands out while still fitting so well into the tone of the game. His work on the Golgari cards is so fantastic.

  37. Jay Bruner says:

    Let me start off by saying that I know nothing of art from a technical sense, but as a musician I place great value in art's ability to evoke emotion in its observers, and though I might not usually know WHY a piece of art moves me, I always know THAT it does, and place value in that fact accordingly.

    I have recently fallen in love with Seb's work. Actually, that's not entirely true; my awareness of how much I love some of his recent work has led me to research more of it, and I have since learned that many of my most beloved card arts have indeed been inked by Seb. So I suppose it's more appropriate to say that I have recently become aware of a love for Seb's art that has always been there and to which I was somewhat oblivious, like suddenly waking up and realizing that you've been in love with your best friend for years.

    To hear my emotions and perspectives about Seb's work so expertly elocuted was an awesome experience. Your commentary explained some of the technical aspects of his work in a way that I, very much the layperson, could easily understand, and it lent great validity to the feelings I had but could not vocalize. Thanks for this, even well over a year later; it was something I didn't know I needed.

    Side note: the fact that he lent his talents to your video's score in addition to its subject matter is even more incredible. I don't believe that it's possible for one person to be in possession of TOO MUCH talent, but Seb may toe that line.

  38. Jeremi B says:

    I really appreciate this artist because his art provide feelings, that's for me the main purpose of art.
    I find his universe really close and related to the one of TOOL the most.unique.band.ever 😉

  39. Evelo says:

    Soulherder is by far my favorite piece of his. I would love to hang it in my home.

  40. Bohemen says:

    Seb’s art is incredible!

  41. Foxboy93 says:

    I know I'm not the only one who likes Seb's art, however its mesmerizing to look at his art. Honestly, if someone bought me a print Id love them forever! I have contemplated buying Magic Prints for when I get into my first house, but I cannot buy them yet as I'm not sure the space of my home and what I REALLY want on my walls. Not only that, I havent hung stuff on my walls since I was a kid and that was a "Pokemon" movie poster

  42. Dustin Provost says:

    Hey Seb just paint sadness. Thanks fam. XD

  43. Caio d'Lima says:

    awesome video. what a great artist

  44. Felipe Capelin says:

    This channel is all I was looking for! Thank you youtube recommendations!
    MTG arts are simply incredible and the artists involved deserves to be recognized, I always tried to study the arts of the cards and felt kinda alone about everyone just playing without noticing how incredible the arts trully are.
    You work is incredible, congratulations.
    Hugs from Brazil.

    PS: do you have plans about doing a video about Chase Stone's art?

  45. Cinderheart MLP says:

    I wonder how much commissioning Seb costs. What's the ballpark for MTG artists?

  46. LDsupaHero says:

    Another banger my dude, I really look forward to your reviews/analysis of other artists.

  47. DOMINIC IAN CABATIT says:

    I love the more conceptual and metaphorical artworks in Magic. And wow, this guy is amazingly talented.

  48. David Pinedo says:

    Amazing. Thank you for that awesome video.

  49. Tinnitusthenight says:

    Newfoundland is so god damned beautiful never felt better in my life than when I was there.

  50. Vincent Carrot says:

    WOW

  51. The Media Insider says:

    Great video as always

  52. Fergus MacLennan says:

    Hands down my favourite mtg artist

  53. Vutava says:

    That's not the impression I get from the archfiend. To me the archfiend isn't frightened or worried, it's unconcerned. It's patient. It knows it doesn't need to chase you down because you will come to it. All it has to do is wait.

    Also, that's totally the planeswalker symbol worked into the top of the necromancer's staff in that final picture, and I will not be convinced otherwise.

  54. Yung_Sizurp says:

    Hey nigga

  55. rob ot says:

    The last illustration made me think of Akseli Gallen-Kallela. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemmink%C3%A4inen%27s_Mother#/media/File:Gallen_Kallela_Lemminkainens_Mother.jpg

  56. TiTo Bobbio Velarde says:

    Impressive! Where can i watch this short film?

  57. Rae Bracken says:

    !!! love this guy's work! hes seriously my favourite artist. bedevil is GORGEOUS!

  58. Jim Dear says:

    1 year later and i can in fact confirm seb is still dropping showstopping pieces

  59. Andrew Bellavie says:

    I met Seb, he is a really nice guy and great artist

  60. Stark says:

    8 Months in the making?! OMFG you are a fucking beast! I envy and appreciate your focus and hardwork! (as do the rest of the people I guess)

  61. TheChzoronzon says:

    Nitpick: 3:05 "squire", not "soldier". Nice vid.

  62. Nibblesnarf Games says:

    oh wow this was before bedevil and growth spiral. Seb's on nonstop bangers right now.

  63. SHEEKO TM says:

    I immediately recognised the background playlist 🙂

  64. Miguel Angel Rangel says:

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  65. Augusto culochico says:

    Muy bueno, in spanish Mckinnon spells like big machine

  66. Lucipherous de Illuminati says:

    I'm sorry but what a waste of talent…. illustrating for a card game.

  67. nightsage217 says:

    This man has all my favorite color composition. There is hope in the grandest shadow, there is light in the hopeless abyss, there is danger in the calmest water.

    Subtle, deadly, cautious optimist.

  68. Caleb Fletcher says:

    10:50 I would be willing to bet money Seb was considering The Second Coming by Yeats when he was drafting this image.

  69. meziens15 says:

    What a fantastic video… thanks so much for sharing! Really cool stuff, keep it up!

  70. Adam Pifer says:

    He illustrates his characters in a way that's candid and less posed. They seem unaware of the viewer or at least are reacting in a way that is more natural (like we stumbled upon them). What this does is removes any assumptions about said characters. If I see a demon roaring and spewing fire, I can assume he's angry and bad. When I see a demon withdrawn and still, I can't assume talking to it is the worst idea even though it's design is terrifying. That's true classical fantasy.

  71. King0fAss0 says:

    I want an artbook of this man

  72. Black Templar says:

    The Knight at the start looks like the one of Dark Souls.
    Cool Stuff.👍

  73. Mordred's Quest says:

    Beautiful work..Wow, incredible stuff…Thankyou.

  74. Matthew Schoen says:

    I kept forgetting we were talking about the art from a card game. All of these could stand in an art gallery in any major city around the world and feel right at home.

  75. toditron says:

    11:11 I liked most of what you've said here, but I don't at all believe that demon was afraid of me. …just staring off over my shoulder, unconcerned about my presence.

  76. Maximillian Cairo says:

    Seb makes me wet

  77. Megashrek says:

    Does anyone know the piece at 8:21?

  78. Phil Xsane says:

    i have the dirge of dread mat from his first kickstarter. glad rhystic pointed how special this artwork was.

  79. Davos Holdos says:

    Magic artist huh..?

  80. Korvus Mangata says:

    A tarot deck made by these guy would be breath-taking

  81. KEEPER says:

    I always thought he took a heavy influence from the german painter Casper David Friedrich. at 3:52 you can clearly see the similarities to the painting "Abtei im Eichenwald" from 1809.
    This guy has a good taste, Casper David Friedrich was a painter of the romantic area, but also renown for creating surreal images often with a dark atmosphere, by using stunning lighting and mixing parts of different landscapes he recorded on his journeys.

  82. Tyler Cates says:

    I thought I recognized this artists name. I play mtg all the time

  83. Clovis Barclay says:

    6:44 reminds me a lot of the style of beksniski paintings

  84. Aman Bytheway says:

    That opening shot of the armoured hands is cathartic

  85. Einsam Geist says:

    Looks like Elden Ring concept art …

  86. bee pot says:

    I feel bad that I never realized some of my favorite cards were made by the same artist.

    Edit: my favorite is the Pale Rider of Trostrad.

  87. Tom Riley says:

    What's up with those swords on the back. I thought this trend died some years ago. -_-

  88. Brandon Lee Wise says:

    Beautiful breakdown. Thank you

  89. Zach Wickline says:

    I can watch this all day.

  90. Nathan Paschall says:

    Seb's 'redhead tryptich' of Vengeful Rebirth, Deathsprout and Answered Prayers are perhaps my favorite art in all of Magic.

  91. The Abortion says:

    Holy shit. That picture at 8:12 has been my phone Wallpaper for months now. I just stumbled across it one day and thought it was really kool

  92. Reckoner74 says:

    Such a grand artist skillfully and beautifully presented and interpreted. Thanks!

  93. Lasor says:

    Holy cow, my favourite MTG artist is from the same artist that I'm from! :O

  94. Matthew Chlebik says:

    These are great videos. I don’t play magic, and I can’t call myself an artist yet, but I do make illustrated cover art and sell them. These videos have taught me so much and really made me respect art, and respect each brush stroke. Thank you. I can already see an improvement in what I’m doing.

  95. Zucchini says:

    I love this guy's art <3

  96. Immanuel Albrecht says:

    Reminds me of the cards of old.

  97. Влаад Новиков says:

    SOULHERDER from Commander Horizons! <3

  98. The Carrot Clarinet says:

    This artist is one of my favourites from your series so far I think

  99. zedanga saleh says:

    I came from Austin

  100. shinchan the best says:

    12432 liker and squadd of austin

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