Favourite artists of Magic: the Gathering, part one: Chippy.
Master Transmuter was one of the first cards with whose art I fell completely in love with (though the pose, I admit, is not something a human spine could assume). In fact, I love it so much I actually managed to sneak in a few Master Transmuter inspired poses into a shoot I was doing.
Chippy’s work has a great sense of composition, with the subject as the absolute focal point of the art. Background is, more often than not, supportive. I personally prefer art like this, not only because it makes for a nice, clean piece of work on a card, but also because less definitely equals more. His work isn’t a riot of colours, but uses a carefully thought out scheme that reflects the flavour of the card.
Both Master Transmuter and Windwright Mage are Esper-based, and the blues and blacks in the art reflect this. The delicate greens and pinks of Lotus Cobra, on the other hand, are reminiscent of beautiful yet relentless nature.