Top 10 Card Art Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
Updated: Oct 5
The art of Magic: the Gathering is worth celebrating, so join me covering my ten favorites from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
10 Neonate’s Rush
By Justine Cruz
First up we have Neonate’s Rush by Justine Cruz. Unfortunately, I could not find a higher resolution image for this one which is unfortunate as the detail and expression for this piece is so amazing. Justine is new to MTG art, but he has made a major splash this year, creating some amazing art for both Strixhaven and Innistrad. His character work is top notch and I think we will be seeing more of his work on my lists going forward (as well as on this list). The key to his work being so amazing is his clean illustrations of his characters paired with his ability to express emotion.
9 Sigarda’s Splendor
By Howard Lyon
Any day we get artwork from Howard Lyon is a good day. He is the type of artists that brings fine art to MTG. With this piece we are shown a spectacular display of framing as everything focus’ us into Sigarda and really does provide us with a feeling of true splendor. The sense I am given as I look on is that I am filled with the same hope and wonder as those figures that stand at the edges of the image.
8 Florian, Voldaren Scion
By Justine Cruz https://www.artstation.com/justinecruz
Well it didn’t take long to get back to Justine and his work. Once again you see what I mean. Florian is just a sight to behold. He is charming, handsome and yet frightening. Just looking at the humans around him offering up their blood tells a story and builds up the fantasy of this character, of one whose charms are far outside of simple persuasion, he has a grip that pulls you in and has you begging for his approval.
7 Flesh Taker
By Kev Walker
If I wasn’t already irrationally afraid of getting lost in tall grass I am now. This piece just reeks of classing slasher horror and the concept is only amplified on a Plane like Innistard where there is already so many monsters to worry about. To me this bit of art is simple and yet so gripping, it silent and truly evil. Any art that gets my imagination going, even if its dealing with my fears, is amazing.
6 Sungold Sentinel
By Marta Nael
Stepping out of the darkness and into the light we have Sungold Sentinel by Marta Nael. For me the strength of this piece is in its composition of its colors. It is the warm autumn yellows and oranges that give us a sense of hope, and yet the figure in the middle is on guard and apprehensive. It shows us that even in times of hope and celebration danger still lurks in the shadows created by the light.
5 Stromkirk Bloodtheif
By Caroline Gariba
There was no way I would be passing up this piece of artwork. Vampire, check, ninja, check. That said let’s look at it a bit closer. What makes this art stand out is the capture of motion. It one thing to place your character into a simple pose and draw it well enough but it takes an understanding of the human body and motion to pull of something like this.
4 Dennick, Pious Apprentice
By Chris Rallis
Chris Rallis is an absolute legend within Magic the Gathering art. He is simply put on of those artists that crafts true Magic art, and you may not have noticed it as it fits in so seamlessly. With that said this one stands out to me as my favorite piece of his within this set because of how much it contrasts the set. It is pure hope and optimism personified. The light of the morning sun combined with the perfectly kept armor of Dennick reveals the youth and naivety of the character, which is stripped away with night of Innistrad.
3 Gisa, Glorious Resurector
By Yongjae choi
I absolutely adore any art that contains Gisa will usually catch my eye. She is the type of character that shows the spectrum in which the humans of Innistrad have adapted. With her on the furthest end. While some have come to terms with the horrid world around them Gisa has found joy. They say you never work a day in your life if you enjoy what you do and Gisa is proof.
2 Bloodline Culling
By Liiga Smilshkalne
Liiga is an artist that typically works in more abstract places, not so much in figures and clean imagery. If you look at her page, which I would suggest, you get a flurry of color, of flames and magic. Which is why this piece I think benefits from they’re style. The robe flow out and blood spurts forth. It is interesting to see a piece of theirs that restricts itself on Color, but I think it works to great success. This piece sends chills down my spine, and I love it.
1 Arlinn, the Pack’s Hope
By Anna Steinbauer
Arlinn, Pack’s Hope was one of the first bit of artwork we were shown when spoiler season began, and I see why. Not only do we have the return of a beloved character but the image itself is so phenomenal. I really do believe that this sets art is a balance between hope and despair, with the morning sun in some pieces and the darkness of night in others.
We have seen this theme carried across a few of the art we have talked about today and believe that this one represents that side of Hope the best, I mean its even in the name. Do yourself a favour and check out Anna’s other work and you’ll be surprised at how stacked her portfolio is when it comes to Magic: the Gathering art.
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