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Magic the Gathering: “Gahiji, Honored One”

Early this year, I was approached by Wizards of the Coast to paint a Magic Card. This was my first card for the game and I was really quite excited to have the opportunity to create work for it! You can click for larger views of the images below: 

While designing Gahiji, I looked to quite a few different animals for inspiration: babirusa, big cats, bongos and parrots. He needed to feel god-like, majestic and powerful, yet plausible; like something that could live and breathe in the jungle.

This card was released in early November as part of the Commander Series. It comes as a large foil card and regular sized card as well. I was very excited to see him fetatured on the insert as well! :) 

Special thanks to Jeremy, my AD for the project. More new work on the way!  

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Reader Comments (2)

While I wasn't excited about the actual abilities of the card, the art really excited me and made me want to use it more often - I'd love to get the big one I have signed or even doodled on.

December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Thaxton

Wow, thank you so much Adam! If you like, you can shoot me an email about sending me the card via mail: Thanks again!

December 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterBrynn Metheney

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