Strixhaven: School of Mages, a new set of Magic: The Gathering cards, will be released next month, but one of the cards is already creating controversy after it turned out that the artist who was responsible for drawing it, probably borrowed many things from another, non-credited artist.
Veteran artist Jason Felix is credited on the card (above), which is named The fate of fate. Not long after the art of the card was revealed by the Wizards of the Coast, some eagle-eyed observers began to notice some similarities between one of the dragons depicted on the card and the artwork of Kitt Lapeña, in particular. this piece from 201
Lapeña describes the similarities between the dragon and Felix’s short art below, showing how closely the character’s head and arm match, noting that while the torso is different, this may only have been because Lapeña’s original has a large Deviantart watermark across the chest.
While artists use references all the time, this goes far beyond that. Even the folds of skin on the hands of the dragons are the same! To make matters worse, they, as Lapeña explains, have sent their portfolio to the Wizards of the Coast in the past.
Kotaku has contacted Felix for comment and will update if we hear back.
UPDATE: Wizards from the coast has issued a statement “These actions do not reflect the values of the Wizards, and as a result we will suspend future work with Jason Felix until we have succeeded in making this case a success.”