I saw something like this on the 'Proxy Tournaments' thread.
Who is your favorite artist?
Anyone knwo any trivia about artists?
Q:What sets Veldrane apart from every other Homelands Sengir?
A: He's the only one not illustrated by Pete Venters, my favorite, who also does the best goblins.
Anson Maddocks did the original Sengir Vampire, along with Elvish Archers. :^P
Richard Kane-Ferguson, even if it was wasted on Arcane Denial.
Rob Alexander for the stunningly beautiful, Drew Tucker for the mystique and Phil Foglio for the Humor
Anson Maddocks all the way (Legions of Lim-Dul). Mark Tedin (Mana Vault) is the first runner-up, followed by a bunch of miscellaneous classics like Melissa Benson and Quinton Hoover.
A honorable mention goes to Drew Tucker for Night Soil, better known as "The planet Saturn sinking into quicksand".
Oh, and Rob Van Dalexander for everything land-related.
Anson Maddocks, from the old school, Phil Foglio from the middle school, and Kev Walker from the new school.
Art...hrmph. Too many favorites. Shuler, RKF, and Alexander for old school, I guess. Rebecca Guay and Stephanie Law from the newer sets, Kev Walker as well. Carl Critchlow. The Foglios (who I consider old school - if Antiquities isn't old school, I don't know what is...) Tedin is more developed than Anson; Anson was always popular but his art was rather bland. Tedin always seemed more distinctive. Hoover. Hell, I could come up with more if I had cards to look at. There's plenty of the older artists and newer ones that I rather enjoy not for the content of their work (which is all crap because of the storylines they are required to portray) but because of their styles and appearance.
then Quinton Hoover... Doppleganger is still one of my all-time favourites...
...And still there's my new favorite Terese Nielsen, Ron Spencer (the only artist who ever managed to make a goblin look like a badass - see Spencer's Goblin Grenade...), Shuler, hell, even Scott Kirschner whenever they let him draw anything anymore. How many votes do we get?
If only one, it's still Mad Dog Maddocks - even though it's a tough call.
Damn, how could I forget Spencer! His Thallids and the Lightning Dragon are some of my favorite works. Actually, Ron Spencer is probably somewhere between 3 and 5 on my hypothetical top ten . . .
John Avon has the most gorgeous land art, by far. Otherwise, maybe rk post...
No one paints nature scenery like Rob Alexander, just look at cards like Taiga, Singing tree and Llanowar wastes. And that alternative take on seasinger he did for the Duelist...had that picture on my wall for a long long time.
Two of the cards that have made me go "this has to be a photo" deserve mention, Ophidian and VI Sisay's ring. Just brilliant.
I'll also throw in votes for Avon and Post, those two together with Alexander are really the only artists who should be allowed to draw land.
Although I did like Ron Spencer's swamps . . .
Ron Spencer, great black cards.
una fricker does some lovely clean, unfussy stuff ; look at the original thieving magpie.
...and when you go to heaven you will see that the murals are signed by mark zug.
Phil and Kaja Foglio
Andy T.--reprint duals--
Although some of her art is really sucks, I like Margaret Organ-Kean if only for Spore Flower, Tarpan, and the regal, majestic Autumn Willow. Both Dwarven Traders are cool too. And I like Foxfire even though everyone I know gets on my case about it.
Rebecca Guay is probably my favorite artist but I also like Rob Alexander. Also, John Avon has some good stuff. I don't like rk post's stuff and the art from the Eurolands is amazing.
Harold McNeil (Nether Void, Forgotten Lore, Ray of Command) and Henry G Higgenbotham (Worn Powerstone, Voltaic Key).
Terese Nielsen and Mark Tedin. Most of Tedin's work just kicks ass.
Anson for Old School. ;)
yeah, john avon is king of "land"
Rebecca Guay is my personal favorite although, as many have pointed out, no one beats Alexander when it comes to land. Tainted Wood is friggin' amazing. Rico, I too am a big fan of the artwork on the Willow. One of the top pics to come out of the IA block era.
Tedin is amazing...mana vault is great looking in Beta
Hands down, Terese Nielsen. The art on King Cheetah will knock your socks off.
I guess I'm the only one who likes Venters.
What about Crovax the Cursed? Baron Sengir? Like half the cards in my Vampire deck are Venters.
And he knows the only way to draw a goblin. Anybody check out any of his later stuff?
My Venters Rares
Dawn of the Dead
Another honorable mention's got to go to Chris Rush. C'mon! He did the Lotus! And my all time favorote red, even if he's bad: Eron the Relentless.
Shuler's got to be up there somewhere.
I haven't seen any Ian Miller in a long time, which is good because who knows what he was smokin' when he did his. And I'm sure everyone was glad to see Robert Bliss go.
Matt Caplan, she is good. She also does the art for Natural Order. That card makes me feel all warm and reassured inside. That's probably more because it wins me so many games than because of the art though.
richard kane has my vote, but i love many of the old artist like rush, nielsen, nene thomas, guay, alexander, tedin, maddocks, foglios, spencer
and some of the new artist like post and avon are really great as well
Kev Walker, Doug Shuler, and John Avon (check out the U, B, and R threshold lands from Odys, they're incredible).
Elves of the deep woods and bird maiden, depicts the woman I have loved so much (love never returned...)
I still have the memories though, Im over it but the pain is still in ther eternally present...
Ron Spencer, Heather Hudson, John Avon, and the Foglios
Tierese Nielson, Quiton Hoover, and Richard Kane Ferguson, in any order.
My #1 is DiTerlizzi. Bow to him. Then,
D.Alexander gregory (blue shiny things),
Douglas Schuler lands (the guy can only draw good land I think. But he drew some of my favorites. He actually managed to draw "snow cowered swamp"!!!),
Terese/Cliff Nielsen (these are valuable artists),
Foglios and their funny grinning big-eyed monsters,
Quinton Hoover and his bloody drawings.
I am not sure about RKF. I don't get him. They should avoid assigning him for things like static orb. It would be a total mess. Look at what he did to mirage boomerang.
I prefer Drew Tucker to RKF somehow. At least he is simpler.
Thanks and <3 <3 to Rebecca Guay for the beautiful girls.
what about mark poole? some other older favorites would have to be chris rush and tedin, as far as newer art, i like kev walker and donato giancola
My favs are Mark Tedin, Rececca Guay, rk(Randy)post,Pete Venters, Edward Beard Jr. and of course Robert Bliss. Why Bliss you ask? never has anybody gotten away with drawing so many wangs before. he kicked ass before wizards made him stop doing art. too bad...
does anyone else agree that "simple" art is good on magic cards? ie original millstone, new birds of paradise - by simple, i mean a big blocky picture that is easy to spot across a table . i think things got a little too intricate a couple of years ago. ie sliver queen type artwork.
Wizards has strayed from good fantasy art into the realm of comic book art... and it just doesn't work.
oh, and Pete Venters
Tucker- Dust to Dust
Maddocks- Cyclopean Tomb
Webber- Illusionary Mask
Myfors- Witch Hunter
If you hadn't noticed I'm very partial to beta artifacts and just about any card out of the dark especially tucker's stuff
Ron Spencer and Terese Nielson....so cool
rk post, Terese Nielsen, and John Avon.
- Will, the Serra Avatar
I think the best new artists still draw pretty simple artwork. rk post for instance...pretty simple (creature on basic color background, like Lightning Angel) but still really cool. Kev Walker too...I mean, look at Obliterate.
some of the best artists for me are:
Donato Giancola for his excellent drawings of people ( take a look at cartogrpaher (OD) and you can almost read the maps )
Rob Alexander and Douglas Schuler for their wonderful lands.. just sink into those swamps and wonder away into those forests.
Terese Nielsen and Rebecca Guay for their powerful emotional pictures. Who can dispute Force of Will, Elvish Ranger, Gaea's Blessing and many many more.
DiTerlizzi for his out-of-this-world extraplanar creatures ( no wonder TSR hired him for the Planescape drawings for ADnD2 ) and the funniest yet most realistic goblin pictures!!!
Richard Kane Ferguson for his boom-bam-doubash cards. I bet on larger scale those pictures look terrific, Recall, Askari, Dissipate and Arcane Denial being my favourates.
My most favourate card however was not designed by any of these artists. The honor benolgs to rk post who drew defiling tears. I would love to get my hands on the original, which btw is the complete picture, the picture on the card being only a small part.
One vote for Brian Snoddy, for Chaos Lord.