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MTG Swamp by CrimsonMagpie MTG Swamp by CrimsonMagpie
More from my Magic: The Gathering project. :B

This is obviously the swamp. It was hard to find a decent 'look' for the swamp, as many of the previous swamp illustrations were simply 'evil'-looking forests with water around the trees. I specifically wanted to avoid using trees, as I wanted to completely avoid any potential confusion as to what type of landscape it was. I also wanted to paint something more visually interesting than a featureless wasteland, so I hit upon the dead-looking tree-stump corpses, which also fit well with the death and decay theme of swamp units. :B

This is probably my favourite of the five paintings I did, although I was unable to do any kind of digital enhancement for web as it ruined the dusky, post-sunset/pre-sunrise atmosphere that's integral to the image.



Acrylic on paper, A3 (42 x 29.7cm, 16.5 x 11.7")
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doolhoofd Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I quit MTG recently, sold all my cards. All those new cards, all those new abilities, just too much, too complicated, too stressing, too expensive & too elitist.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I've not played in over a decade, but painted these as working for Magic is one of my career goals. :meow:
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Rieal-Dragonsbane Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The sky and the water look so calm. And then the tree stumps really gives the painting a darker tone. I like it. :heart:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That was the idea; that evil places don't have to be overtly evil. Thanks! :la:
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good idea avoiding the "forest" look - some swamps have trees but not usually as large or dense as forests anyway, and there's plenty of exposed roots like these around too (I like how you made them look shiny, as if they're still wet 8-))
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I really didn't want to just repeat the 'flooded forest' aesthetic most MTG artists gave their swamps, and I'm glad people think this idea worked. :meow:
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
I love the silver lighting of the moon on the wood and water. The gradient of purples and blues are very smooth and done well.
Nice piece. :aww:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Smooth? If you insist.... :lol:

Thanks. :meow:
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Yes. Smooth. You shouldn't be too hard on yourself.

Welcome. :meow:
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mrtncore Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
i like fucked up things growing out of swamps. or deserts. or bodies. or anything for that matter :P
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaa, thanks dude. :manhug: In that case you might like some of the ideas I've been having for paintings. ;)
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bunbunberry Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice composition and colours! I like the reflection on the water :)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank-you, the reflection is one of the main parts of the composition, so I'm glad you like. :meow:
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bunbunberry Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's very good, it has this tranquil, yet unsettling feeling, like something is going to happen, i love it ^^
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Very-Blueberry-Pie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Excellent composition, lovely colours and those tree stumps...they're sort of eerie, but I like 'em! :)
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Eeerie is the idea. ;) Thanks! :meow:
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B-gata Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
I really like this. And not just cuz I like seeing the color purple in art. The sharp dead tree stump things jutting out of the swamp are so striking, and they add a lot of interest to the scene.

You're good at making things appear kind of slimy and wet. Looks great. Definitely swampy.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you like it. :meow:

Yes, I'm good at making things look slimy and wet. . . :paranoid:
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dovilleg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Very pretty!!! ... I like so much this kind of paintings...
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :meow:
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equerin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
You've created a great chilly atmosphere here, I really like this, and the reflexion in the water is perfect, I wish there were a Doom level in this location. :la:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, the reflection is pretty much the crux of the composition here. I'm sure a Doom level here'd be a little boring though. =p
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equerin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Not if you use 10x :la: Also, I found a WAD with infinite ammo, I don't have to write cheats anymore. :iconhypnolaplz: Yes, I'm that lazy. =P


You've done a really really good reflection, and I wouldn't say it if it weren't true. :hug: Did you use reference for the trees, they're very interesting.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh dear, Tin. :laughing:

I didn't use reference per-sé, but I did look up lots of swamp photographs and illustrations to gage what to do. I liked the shapes I came up with as allowed me to make a strong triangular composition, which of course is the most dynamic shape.
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equerin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
I'm a disgrace to the Doom community, I know. :lol: Btw, did you try Doom 3? By the looks of its graphic I'm surprised I could even see a screenshot of it on my laptop. :O


It's a very original swamp you've made, swamps usually remind me of dark crowded places. Of course the triangle is the most dynamic shape, I wanted to say that. :paranoid:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I've seen it, but not tried it yet, it looks to graphic-intensive for my computer.

Thanks, I tried hard to make it that. I quite like desolate, open swamps. :B
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equerin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Do you have any desolate open swamps where you live? :O
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Unsurprisingly not. :lol: We do have Dartmoor, but it's not easy to get to without a car. . .
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Kay-la-S Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really cool and beautiful,
very nice
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :meow:
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deshrubber Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this very much. It portrays a swamp very well, and I love the gnarled and twisted tree roots.
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, it seems my choices paid off. :la:
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