Sunday, October 5, 2014

Artist of the Week: Terese Nielsen

And we're back! After going on a hiatus for a few weeks, I would like to start back with fan favorite artist Terese Nielsen. It's only fair, especially since we've already featured her brother.

Basandra, Battle Seraph  Sydri, Galvanic Genius

With any artist with a long resume of Magic cards, it is hard to find the first card, but from what I can tell, Terese's art first showed up in Alliances. You might recognize one of the most popular (and expensive) ones...

Force of Will

Yes, Force of Will, the staple of all blue decks in Legacy. So what other gems hide in her resume?

Garruk Wildspeaker  Liliana Vess

The artwork for the planeswalkers from Garruk vs. Liliana (which, by the way, gets a reprint really soon in Duel Deck Anthologies, coming this winter). These are beautiful and are actually both on one of my favorite playmats (which also features promo Ajani Vengeant, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, and Duel Deck art Chandra Nalaar. which are not done by Terese).

But less about me and more about the art! Some other pretty popular cards...

Eternal Witness  Kird Ape  Swords to Plowshares

Eternal Witness is popular in Modern, Kird Ape has uses in Modern, and Swords to Plowshares is more for Legacy and EDH.

Velis Vel

I feel like this card should definitely get a mention. If an artist has illustrated a Plane or Scheme card, I like to feature it in articles, ad Terese illustrated this beautiful plane for Planechase 2009.

Currently printed in Standard sets, there are only four cards illustrated by Terese:

Dictate of Heliod  Nyx-Fleece Ram  Plea for Guidance  Ray of Dissolution

But what about land? Yes, there are basics!

Plains  Plains  Plains  Plains  Island

So that's four Plains in Tempest (one was reprinted in Premium Deck Series: Slivers), one Island in Invasion (reprinted in Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition). And there's one more...

Forest  Forest

An Unglued forest! Let it be known, Gatherer's silver border (left) is wrong. It has a black border like in the image from Star City Games (right).

I would also like to feature the art credited to both Terese Nielsen and her brother Ron Spencer:

Boon Reflection  Thought Reflection  Wound Reflection  Rage Reflection  Mana Reflection

Cool, right?

There's even art for full-art basic lands given to judges:

Even cooler! Wish I could get my hands on a set of these...

Want to check out all the other cards illustrated by Terese? Check them out here!

And now, Wallpaper time!

I decided to go with Legacy Weapon from 10th Edition which I debated about including earlier in the article and left out... It was an important part of Urza's story line...

You can find Terese on her Website, Facebook, and Twitter. You can find more of Monday Morning MTG on Twitter and Facebook.

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