Sunday, July 27, 2014

Artist of the Week: Kev Walker

I had been running out of Magic artists to feature each week, but then I read John Avon's AMA on Reddit. He mentioned the four artists that are his favorites.

As a result, I decided that Kev Walker would be the next Artist of the Week.

Today, I want to begin with the beautiful art of Llanowar, a Plane card from Planechase 2009:


Now, Kev's first work showed up in Mirage on five cards:

Forsaken Wastes Telim'Tor Telim'Tor's Edict Preferred Selection Telim'Tor's Darts

Forsaken Wastes, Telim'Tor, Telim'Tor's Edict, Preferred Selection, and Telim'Tor's Darts are all the first cards that have his art. This means that Kev's art has been on Magic cards since October of 1996, which will be 18 years this October.

Of course, those are just the first cards. There are many more cards now, and many of them should look familiar to those of you who have played in the last three or four years.

Rancor  Clone  Detention Sphere

Rancor is a great card, saw play when it was in Standard and sees play in Modern. Clone is a great card in Commander. It's really useful. Also, Detention Sphere was a huge staple in Standard. Now I rarely see it in play, but still pretty powerful at removing tokens and multiple creatures with the same name. Of course, what about some of the supplemental products?

Council's Judgment  Inferno Titan  Sphinx of the Steel Wind

Now, only Council's Judgment is exclusive to a supplemental product, while Inferno Titan and Sphinx of the Steel Wind were in M11/M12 and Alara Reborn respectively. Sphinx of the Steel Wind was also found in Premium Deck Series: Graveborn, but that is also a supplemental program.

Speaking of supplemental products, two more cards come to mind:

Jace Beleren  Chandra Nalaar  Bladewing the Risen

Jace Beleren and Chandra Nalaar from Jace vs. Chandra and then Bladewing the Risen which comes from Commander 2011, From the Vault: Dragons, and Scourge. Both Jace and Chandra have been printed multiple times, however this is the only versions done by Kev. The last cards I'd like to share is a particular art and its color-shifted version from Planar Chaos.

Wrath of God  Damnation

That's right, two rare destruction spells, each has the same mana cost of two colorless and two of the spell's color, and akk creatures are destroyed with no regeneration.

Curious about what other art has been done by Kev? Check them out here.

Ready for the wallpaper? Let's check out Season's Beatings, one of the Holiday promo cards, specifically one from 2009.

Season's Beatings

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Unfortunately, we cannot find current social media accounts or a website for Kev Walker. You can find more of Monday Morning MTG on Twitter and Facebook.

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