Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

MtG artists: Steven Belledin

Steven Belledin debuted in the Coldsnap set and has since illustrated over 100 magic cards. He works in both traditional and digital formats, depending on the commission. He keeps a blog where he discusses the process of moving from initial description, to sketch, to finished piece.

Silumgar, the Drifting Death


This dragon lord appeared in the Fate Reforged set, and makes a formidable foe in Magic games.

Etched Monstrosity


In the Scars of Mirrodin block, the familiar realm was corrupted and eventually taken over by Phyrexians, a recurring villain group in Magic. Part of this was the presentation of familiar creatures in their new darker guise.



I love the way that the slickness of the bricks has been brought forward by this piece. The zombie is terrifying enough without the thought of slipping on the damp stones as you turn to run…

Idle Thoughts


I love this piece from the Eventide set. Whimsical, but the thought of books flapping their way across the landscape, occasionally delivering a lightning strike of inspiration, amuses me.

Rampant Growth


This card has been in the game for many years, and it is Steven Belledin’s illustration that is used whenever the card is reprinted these days. It contains a hidden resonance to Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa piece, which I am sure you recognise by sight if not by name:

DP130155, 2/7/06, 11:18 AM, 16C, 6856x8852 (180+693), 100%, Rona Copywork,  1/30 s, R93.8, G57.6, B56.4  Working Title/Artist: The Great Wave at Kanagawa (from a Series of Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji)Department: Asian ArtCulture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: 10Working Date: 1831-33 photography by mma, Digital File DP130155.tif retouched by film and media (jnc) 8_17_11


You can see all cards illustrated by Steven Belledin, or visit the artist’s blog.

2 comments on “MtG artists: Steven Belledin

  1. Ann Wycoff
    August 15, 2015

    Very nice art. I particularly like the flying books.

    Liked by 1 person

    • davekay
      August 15, 2015

      The card is not great in the game, but I still have a copy just for the art!


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: