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Welcome to the first in a new art series, exploring the Magic art of individual artists. First up is UK artist Greg Staples, who has illustrated well over 200 cards since his first set.
Greg’s debut came in the 1998 set Urza’s Saga and his illustrations have appeared in many sets since then. His most prolific set was 2002’s Onslaught set, with 11 new illustrations.
The above image is from 2019 and shows Greg holding the original art for the card Aria of Flame.
Archangel of Strife appeared in the debut Commander set, released in 2011.
This Hell’s Caretaker art was a new take on a classic Magic card. This art appeared in 9th edition, back in 2005.
|Did you know? Before illustrating for Magic: the Gathering, Greg’s work appeared in UK comic 2000ad, where he was a popular artist. This is something he shares in common with another prolific Magic artist, Kev Walker.|
Take an old Magic card, turn it into a creature, and have Greg Staples illustrate. Perfect!
This angel graced the skies of Bant in the 2008 Shards of Alara set.
|Did you know? Greg Staples didn’t just draw Judge Dredd, he played the grim lawman himself in fan film Judge Minty! You can see the film further down.|
From the 2019 Modern Horizons set.
This ghostly guildmage appeared in the original Ravnica block, in 2005.
click the image below to see all cards illustrated by Greg Staples on Scryfall.
Interested in buying some art as prints, including the cards in the gallery above? Visit the Inprint page for Greg Staples!
Visit Greg Staples’ ArtStation page for a look at examples of his art beyond Magic: the Gathering.
Here’s that fan film, Judge Minty
And here’s an interview with Greg Staples at a Magic event
Click the names below to explore other MtG artists