Quote from NapoleonThis card seems sick in limited. May see play in EDH in a creature heavy deck.
Quote from rianalnn^^^^ this
Given that Steve is a name among Magic artists, this would be especially concerning for Branding; it may look like an official WotC piece (& I just mean the overt sexuality, not the orientation – I'm gonna give Hasbro/WotC the benefit of the doubt that they only care that their high-profile intellectual property is Getting It On, not who specifically is Getting It On).
Quote from 8DCHe was a bit buzzed when he put up that artwork, he said as much in the post included with it on Deviantart (by the way, the line drawing it came from had been on his DA account for a while before he posted the final version). Argyle may have taken it down on his own once he had time to think about it.
More likely though is that Wizards asked for it to be removed and he complied.
Describing it as Wizards "strongarming" him may be a bit severe seeing as we don't actually know what went on.
...and now you are just being ridiculous.
Quote from Powdered BlackbladeI love Steve Argyle's work, and he's a nice guy, but as an art director nonpareil himself, I have to wonder why he didn't ask the people with whom he signed a contract if the illustration was okay or not. They probably would've said no, but at least then he wouldn't have to backpedal and delete things.
I think the art was okay. It's not his A-list work, but it's a good piece. The problem is even though Magic's art is freelance, they don't get to do whatever the muse encourages. I don't believe Argyle should stop getting calls for work from Wizards any more than Lockwood did when he posted all his Guildpact art early, even though Argyle acknowledged the risks and posted the thing anyway.
Like I said, Argyle's a great artist and a great person. Doesn't change the fact that he should have known better. One doesn't just freewheel under a contract if there's even the slightest chance of it being defamatory to the brand. Putting it up on Deviant Art and bragging is a hundred times worse than altering it on a Magic card, several of which are PG-13 yet no one raises a complaint.
Quote from m00seWhat he did was clever but out of line. This could be very bad for him and his future work for WOTC.
Quote from MakoEyesXOr maybe they have a stake in how their characters are portrayed, and having one of their key artists putting them in a situation that could be unappealing to parents or paying customers could very well damage their brand.
Posting some remark about them being homophobic is an overreaction. There's no point in grabbing pitchforks until we actually have a good understanding of what actually happened.
If they "have no right to do this", then why did he comply? He essentially works for wizards, and made his bosses mad.