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Explore MtG art: Rob Alexander

Rob Alexander’s face might not be familiar but his art is known by many Magic players around the world. His Magi art debut came with magic’s first set back in 1993. Among other cards, he illustrated Underground Sea. This card is known for being one of the original dual lands and is highly sought after due to its play value. Me, I like it for the art.

The artist with his art

The image above shows Rob at his ComicCon stand. His Magic art features prominently, but there are other pieces too.

Rob Alexander art: six of the best

Underground Sea by Rob Alexander

This card was a stand out in Magic’s first set, both for its play value and its art. It has always reminded my of the this scene from the 1959 classic Journey to the Centre of the Earth:

Anyway back to Rob Alexander:

Plains by Rob Alexander

The lands in Urza’s Saga, especially the series of 4 Plains by Rob Alexander heralded a new attitude towards basic lands. In earlier sets these were almost overlooked. A few years into the game’s success people had realised that since players spend a lot of their time looking at their basic lands, they will go out of their way to acquire ones they especially like the look of. Today this is more readily accepted and heavily themed or stylised basic lands appear often.

Doran, the Siege Tower by Rob Alexander

This promo version of Doran shows a powerful yet delicate treefolk hero.

Hallowed Fountain by Rob Alexander

Rob Alexander illustrated all 10 of the ‘shock’ lands when they were printed in the first Ravnica block. It’s no surprise that these older version are often sought after.

Oboro, Palace in the Clouds by Rob Alexander

This mystical looking palace was printed in the first and only Kamigawa block, a set inspired by Japanese mythology.

Temple Garden by Rob Alexander

This Temple Garden is another of the original 10 shock lands. This art shows the ultimate sanctuary of the Selesnya Guild, who merge nature with architecture.

Further exploration: Rob Alexander around the web

The cards

Click the image above to see all cards illustrated by Rob Alexander on Scryfall.

artist website: You can buy prints, playmats and more at Rob Alexander’s website.

social media: Rob Alexander has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

video: this video shows Rob Alexander live painting a land art at Modern Masters Weekend.

Further exploration: artists beyond Rob Alexander

Click any of the name below to see profiles of other Magic artists.

One comment on “Explore MtG art: Rob Alexander

  1. Bookstooge
    July 12, 2020

    So he did the original shocks. That definitely explains why they’ve kept their value with multiple reprints happening.

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