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Cynthis Sheppard debuted in Magic with a single card in 2011’s Innistrad set. Since then she has gone on not only to illustrate other magic cards, she has also worked for Wizards as an art director, bringing new artists into the game.
This picture was taken in 2013, showing Cynthia with a copy of Young Pyromancer, more on that card later.
This art from Magic Origins has an interesting twist; this angel’s headgear was later worn by the planeswalker Liliana Vess after the angel fell to Liliana’s zombie horde.
This illustration was used for a special Secret Lair collection to mark International Womens’ Day in 2020.
Not, as you might think from the art, Rubinia Soulsigner.
Zendikar’s angels later discovered they had accidentally devoted themselves to the Eldrazi. Like Greg Staples, Cynthia Sheppard has illustrated some memorable angels. Also like Greg Staples, her art consists of much more than this.
This wasn’t an especially remarkable creature the first time round, but when a reprint appeared illustrated by Cynthia Sheppard, it became a card I’ll never forget. I do believe it’s the eyes.
It’s not so easy to tell from the card itself, but Cynthia Sheppard deliberately drew this pyromancer as a Chandra Nalaar fan. He has her picture around his neck, a knock-off copy of her* goggles, and his clothes are as similar as can be. he also summons elementals, just like (some versions of) Chandra!
*okay, Jaya Ballard’s goggles that Chandra took.
Click the image above to see all cards illustrated by Cynthia Sheppard on Scryfall
Visit Inprnt to see prints of Cynthia Sheppard’s art, from Magic and beyond.
Visit Cynthia’s website for great images of her art and information about the artist.
Cynthia Sheppard has a presence Instagram
Here’s a video of Cynthia answering viewer questions on her YouTube channel.
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I sure hope she wasn’t responsible for the horrendous Elspeth art in Theros beyond death!
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