One of my favorite Magic artists is Richard Kane-Ferguson. One of my favorite cards of his is Hazezon Tamar, a creature that makes “Sand Warrior” tokens.
One problem though is that the card is old enough that Wizards of the Coast never printed these tokens. I attended a giant tournament for the game in Las Vegas a few of years ago, Grand Prix Las Vegas, and Richard Kane-Ferguson would be there as one of the guest artists! This was my chance! I waited for him to show up (he was a little late) and was first in line. I negotiated with him to draw a sketch of a sand warrior on the back of an artist proof of Hazezon Tamar! An artist proof is a one-sided card that just has the card front on one side and is blank white on the other. Artists are sent proofs of every card that they create the artwork for and are allowed to do whatever they like. Many sell them at events like this Grand Prix. Given that Legends (the set that Hazezon Tamar was printed in) was released in 1994 (I was in high school!) I feel very lucky that RKF even still had a proof of the card, and it was a relatively reasonable price. He drew the sketch on the spot in about 30 minutes! Here is the sketch that he did for me.
So it’s been a few years since I got the sketch, and I had intended on making tokens using the art, but I never got around to it. Then, at another Magic Grand Prix a couple weeks ago, this time in Vancouver, Canada, a different artist was selling laser-etched wood tokens! I said “I can do that!!!” So I did! I made the text and borders in Inkscape and attached the image after some manipulation to make the jpg darker.