MTGinktober slithers onward to Day 3, "Poison," starring Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons.
I feel the scan got the snakes a little too dark, mainly the one on her right arm, but here's the best digital camera shot I could get.
This was a fun one for the goofy pose. I don't follow the story too, too closely, but from reading snippets for research, it said something like she has a peculiar sense of humor, so I thought it'd be quirky to have her biting her own hand like the fabled asp of Cleopatra. Get it? Because snakes and poisons are her bag.
Isn't it weird how she has little, regular snakes, but also giant anthropomorphized snakes bodyguarding right next to her? Speaking of which, the headdress backing was really, really frustrating and difficult to draw...hopefully we got in the neighborhood!
Fun Facts: The title card was illustrated by Tyler Jacobson, one of my absolute favorite currently-active artists on Magic.
Easter Eggs: That isn't just any bauble, bubba, that's a veritable Vial of Poison, son!