This was one I felt could have been really great, but man, I woke up pretty late after being simply conked out from the previous two days of marathon phone banking on minimal sleep, so time was quite severely limited. But the idea was to take on Chandra's "Go get 'em, buddies!" line from Arena, so I looked for some notable fiery elementals to accompany her, without rehashing last year's Chandra piece too much.
So a notable, recent fire-based elemental, which actually would work with her in a deck was Zirda, who hasn't seen much play, but is such a cool (and thankfully relatively simple) illustration anyway, so it was a happy inclusion.
Fun Facts: Again, trying to avoid getting to close to our previous Chandra-based MTGinkober entry, this interpretation is kind of a mix Fire Artisan and Chandra, Flame's Catalyst, with Oath of Chandra anchoring most details, as usual.
Always eager to draw Gisa, and this was the perfect prompt for a shovel-wielder. Particularly pressed for time and energy on this one cuz I just got off another 10-hour virtual phone bank shift (perhaps my last of the cycle--it's super exhausting, but I hope to give it at least a couple more efforts), so I even forgot to snap a photo of the "preliminary inks" phase, which is how the illustration looks like fresh off the basic inks before going back in for touch-ups, so I'm including the preliminary scan I used for our Twitter/Instagram post.
Fun Facts: This is Gisa's fourth MTGinktober appearance, which I believe ties her for the most appearances with Domri, who is probably my favorite Planeswalker. Speaking of Domri, I erased the line I drew between his illustration and this one, so they actually overlap a little bit on the left, not sure if I'll cut the Bristol board at some point...
Easte Eggs: Always love hiding my signature in dirt formations, and you can find it in the upper right.Not normal,
This was a treat to draw, as it recalled one of my earliest comics influences, back when I started drawing comics. I reread the first volume (and chapter, specifically) of One Piece over and over to inspire, but also flat-out teach me how to draw and write comics.
As for the gag, I thought it'd be funny to have One Piece's famous flirt try to charm a Magic character, and in this case Magic's version of the One Piece navigator, Nami.
Fun Facts: Today's page provided by the bonus piece in progress to the post-MTGinktober request for a drawing of Arvad--it wasn't looking good anyway, and I'm happy to sac it to give it another go later on.