September 1, 2011

Marco Wagner – The Magician King

Marco Wagner illustrated this piece for the NY Times Book Review of The Magician King, by Lev Grossman.  In Marco’s own words, he wanted to “create a magical, but dark and a bit depressive mood”.  Here is the final piece, along with Marco’s initial sketches & descriptions + the article with final art in place…

Marco Wagner’s final art of The Magician King

Sketch 1: a fantasy beast surrounded by a magical landscape:

Marco Wagner; sketch #1

A dark forest with magical plants…out of the dark, a blur, gloomy and glowing creature is coming:

Marco Wagner Sketch 2 (approved)

The main character standing in a dark forest surrounded by a glowing,
magical aura. His face is blurred and overexposed:

Marco Wagner Sketch 3

The article as it ran on Sunday, August 28, 2011 – click image to read:

Marco Wagner – Final New York Times article

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