Avacyn, Angel of Hope

by Howard Lyon

I just have a quick post for tonight.  Wrapping up a couple commissions on the easel, but I had a Magic: the Gathering card release that I wanted to share, along with some of the process.

This painting was a ton of fun to create.  Mark Winters was the Art Director for this one and he just knows what I love.  He gave me the green light to go after a St. Michael and the Dragon type imagery, looking to artists like Raphael and Guido Reni.  When that is the inspiration, it is going to be a fun commission!

The Archangel Michael defeating Satan, 1635 - Guido Reni

St. Michael Overwhelming the Demon - Raphael
Here is the sketch I submitted:


And the final, which I am excited to share was accepted into Spectrum this year:


Here is a gif of the painting steps:


And the image on a card for good measure. :)


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