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MtG artists: James Ryman

James Ryman has quietly illustrated almost 100 Magic cards over the last few years. By the time you read this article, he may well have passed that milestone.

You may not be familiar with his name, but if you’ve played Magic recently, you’ll find his name on many well-loved cards. Here are a few of my favourites:



“Nice art, shame about the card” pretty much sums up my opinion of the ghastly design flaws of the Amonkhet Invocation series. Above we see James Ryman’s art for Thoughtseize. I’d love to see this and other Invocation art printer on a regular card face.

Avacyn, the Purifier


The angelic protector of Innistrad went mad and turned on those she was supposed to watch over. Here we see Avacyn determined to purge Innistrad of its humans. You had one job, Avacyn.

Archangel Avacyn


Here we see the ‘before’ picture of Avacyn. These two arts actually feature on the same double-faced card which shows Avacyn’s descent into madness.

Marionette Master


This artificer is from the artifact-rich world of Kaladesh, and works best with an army of little servos at her disposal.

Sphinx of Magosi


The sphinx of Magic are wise, but not especially benign. I feel Ryman’s art captures this mood perfectly. This creature is smart; but he’ll probably use that against you.


See all cards illustrated by James Ryman or visit the artist’s DeviantArt page.


This entry was posted on January 27, 2018 by in Art, MtG Artists and tagged , , , , , , .
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