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Force of Will by TereseNielsen Force of Will by TereseNielsen
My first Magic the Gathering card illustration, painted 15 years ago. It seems like an oversight to not have "Force of Will" represented here in my Magic gallery. I had no idea he'd be one of the most powerful counter spell cards in the game, even after all of these years.

He was drawn with a charcoal pencil onto cold press illustration board and painted in mostly gouache with touches of colored pencil. The size was somewhere in the range of 18 x 14".

To read more of the history of this card or obtain a print of it just hop on over to my blog. [link]
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:iconruinah:
Ruinah Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Wow, never noticed the blades tied to the guy's hands. Interesting touch. Wish these cards weren't so damned expensive. Best card of that set, though. 
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phyrexianrevoker Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the card and the art... however the art looks more red than blue for me O.o
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STsung Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I always admired your work but until recently I have to envy you even more. I decided to start drawing once again and as an exercise I wanted to draw anything that crosses my path. Force of Will was laying around so I picked that card up and tried to redraw that. My attempt ended up pretty badly ^_^.

Really this illustration is awesome.
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Kindred533 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I love your art work immensely
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:iconmagicstrategist:
magicstrategist Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Oh Force of Will, how beautiful you are, yet how much I hate you during gameplay...
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:iconjdantoine:
JDAntoine Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic :D
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:iconbastianbalthazarbux:
BastianBalthazarBux Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
It so amazing that long before I knew what I wanted to do, you were already doing it and creating the art to one of the most iconic cards in the game!
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CarrotTopPlz Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
"Since you have no lands opened, I cast-"

"No."
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adreamforyou Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
I've always liked Force of Will, of course because it's a strong counter, but also because it's one of the few blue cards whose artwork is predominantly red. The contrast is pretty, much like Vesuvian Doppelgangers complimentary blues are pretty.
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AzumiHaruki Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
im suprized this wasn't your Daily Deviation. since this art peice was so amazing. and recognized in the Magic world. hehe you gave birth to one of the most Dominant blue cards in existance for magic and ur art did it justice !! <3<3
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TheWereCactus Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
this art just reenforces my opinion of your work. you're a genius. :)
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Massemaximo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011   Digital Artist
Yeah, force of will was awesome back then and I think it still is. And really beautiful art, I collected those just because I love the style.
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DotWork-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I constantly wonder if this was actually a followup to another card drawn by Ron Spencer, Hammer of Bogardan. Might not be it, but it feels like it sorta. Hes holding the hammer smashing and then counterspell. lol.

I love this art, one of my favorite even in 2011 :D
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Moonlight02111 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Saw this card in real life for the first time about a week ago the artwork on those older card's is so stunning. You are extremely talented i love your artwork.
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:iconlyc:
lyc Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
such power!
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:iconlupa-rutila:
Lupa-Rutila Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
It's a legend :) Great to see it here :) Fantastic light and power.
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BenSonkkila Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Some very raw art.... It still has that intitial emotion from the pencil
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MoltonLava Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
I've got two Force of Will cards. Love ALL your work. - Shaun
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Hughesmanart Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
looks amazing!
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:iconnitrapalo:
nitrapalo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
i think its real cool but anyway it reminds me of conan or some old comic of some sort
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:iconmuhcashin:
muhcashin Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job. The fantastic illustrations got me into this game when I was a kid.
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Artist
And it still stands up. Great work - bold colors and really accomplished drawing. :)
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tigereverskin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011   Writer
I'm so glad you posted the big guy! He's far too iconic to not have been in your gallery. :)
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torner Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
i dont belived, i have that card years ago.
because a long time ago i was a magic player.
the world is too small!
thxs for message in my facebook wall on my birthday.
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Ari22682 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Writer
The earlier days of M:tG were certainly strange compared to nowadays. Granted, Force of Will is an awesome card, but given the artwork alone, there isn't very much that says "blue" to me. Know what I mean?
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adreamforyou Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
I actually think the newer cards are strange compared to the early, purer days. Colored artifacts? Leveling up? Planeswalkers as cards...and they can be attacked? The game has gone crazy.
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Did you read the blog post. It was originally suppose to be a red card.
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:iconari22682:
Ari22682 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Huh...I did not know that.
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Overlord-J Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
It's awesome to see one of the real Magic THE GATHERING artists here on DeviantART.
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I don't know what to say.
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
:) Thank you.
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:iconoverlord-j:
Overlord-J Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
:o Wow, I didn't espected you to reply, now I feel honored.:worship:
Would you mind if I add you to my friendslist?
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
:) Please!
Thank you.
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:iconoverlord-j:
Overlord-J Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Added you. :D
Oh and I got Silverskin Armor and recognized it from your gallery. :D
Great artwork. :worship:
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WillMorenoArt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
excellent work! :)
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Thank you.
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norrit07 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
love this card art!
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Thanks. :)
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:iconnargoron:
Nargoron Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hate this card :-/ and this picture! :-D
but good job :-)
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Sorry. Has it been mean to you in years past?
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:iconnargoron:
Nargoron Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I once lost a tournament in the finals because of this card :-) (only fun tournament for amateurs:-D legacy format), since this time I do not like this counterspell ...
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thats a classic. lol. Its been a while since I have seen the original!
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
It IS an oldie. :)
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll say! Its also been a while since I have seen the original, I'm used to the modified versions :P
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KingVego Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
epic
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:iconrodgallery:
RodGallery Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice one Terese!!!:thumbsup:
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Thank you!
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
awesome!
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:iconteresenielsen:
TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Thanks.
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Sinusirabel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
I was just thinking about getting 4 of this into my deck, and this appears on my watch-messages.
For me, it is indeed the most powerful counterspell. A classic if i might add
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TereseNielsen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Every player I know needs 4 of them.
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