Junji Ito Magic the gathering cards ai art

In a latest interview with 4Gamer, standard horror manga artist Junji Ito talked about his expertise working with Wizards of the Coast designing illustration for Magic: The Gathering playing cards, and the worry of artwork created by means of AI know-how. Wizards of the Coast straight contacted Junji Ito, and the artist didn’t find out about MTG prior. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

Junji Ito mentioned that after researching Magic: The Gathering, he was impressed by the fantasy worlds and lovely illustrations used for the playing cards, and felt that he wished to work with Wizards of the Coast.

Drawing the closing illustration for Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines took Ito about three days of work. In addition to that, there was a earlier interval of trial and error creating tough sketches that the artist and Wizards of the Coast went by means of till a closing design was determined. Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines had three completely different preliminary sketches earlier than the closing one was chosen.

Ito mentioned that the solely rejection to a primary draft was for the Carrion Feeder card, which initially depicted a headstone in the type of a cross with an English identify. In the closing card, the headstone is a standard slab, and the identify is blurred. In addition, Ito mentioned that if he had been to obtain one other provide to work on Magic: The Gathering he would like to do it once more. He additionally mentioned that designing particular person illustrations is a really rewarding job, as the deadlines and load of work for creating manga are tighter.

Junji Ito additionally talked in opposition to the use of AI-created artwork. The artist mentioned that he feels threatened by it as knowledgeable, and worries that manga will finally be drawn utilizing AI know-how. He additionally mentioned that he wish to proceed to create tales the place the surprising turns into terrifying, earlier than AI can study to mimic that.