Mnemonic Betrayal - MTG

Illustration for Magic: The Gathering. I don't often get the chance to do more abstract imagery but I do enjoy it. Brief called for a non-literal representation of betrayal which must include the three daggers. There was another sketch direction I liked which I plan to paint up as a personal project.

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Finished piece

Clint cearley betrayal 1

Initial sketch. Lower skull was replaced with a snake's jaw.

Clint cearley betrayal 2

Color block-in direction. Wanted a simple desaturated scheme with a discordant color.