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Dragons feature heavily in myth and fantasy. Magic is no exception. In this game dragons run the gamut from fire-breathing monsters to intelligent schemers. This gallery shows a few of my favourite dragon arts from this game.
Jugan, the Rising Star
The plane of Kamigawa is home to a number of spirit dragons, and Jugan is associated with green mana. Here he is seen in the morning sun, flying over one of Kamigawa’s forests. The dragons coppery green stands out from the warmer colours used for sky, cloud,and forest. Art by Shishizaru.
Justin Sweet’s art was suited to this dragon, which floats as a ghostly spirit over the plains of Otaria. Rather than use contrast to pick out the dragon, here the spirit is brighter then its surroundings, but uses a similar palette, showing it is part of the land.
This dragon hails from Tarkir, and its breath is deadly to any who come into contact with it. Here black smoke drifts from the dragon’s mouth as it looks around for more enemies. Art is by Svetlin Velinov.
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Nicol Bolas, the dragon Planeswalker is Magic’s main villain. His scheme span decades and cross multiple planes. He uses many other planeswalkers to do his bidding, either wittingly or unwittingly. His most recent feat was to destroy Amonkhet to build himself and army of undead warriors. Who knows what his next step will be? Art by D. Alexander Gregory.
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
The other dragon planeswalker, Ugin is the opposite to Bolas. Note the contrast in warm versus cool colours between these two cards. Also Ugin’s wings are feathered, evoking and angel’s wings, rather than the more demonic appearance of Bolas’s wings. Like Bolas, Ugin is ancient, but unlike Bolas he prefers to keep to himself on his home plane of Tarkir, emerging only to combat cross-planar threats. He usually does this in alliance with other planeswalkers. Art by Raymond Swanland.
The fire-breathing dragon is something used often in Magic, so it would be remiss of me not to include at least one here. This art by Jason Chan captures the elemental power of the fire breather.
What’s your favourite dragon?