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[Assignment] [Illustration] Card Game Art

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Illustration/Concept Portfolio Assignment

For this assignment, you will have a general style guide to adhere to. Many other [Illustration] assignments will only require you to loosely adhere to the guidance of fake clients But these are two real companies who actively seek artists. If you want to make work to target these kinda of clients, its in your best interest to appeal to their sensibilities.

Card Art

One of the longstanding bastions of fantasy art illustration has been the card art for the game Magic: The Gathering. We now have a huge market out there for card games, between fantasy flight and Kickstarter. For this assignment, you are going to pick one company to work for, and create a card that fits the specifications required.

Remember, the final print size of a Magic card's art is 2 1/16" by 1 1/2". This means that you should take care to make sure that your art will be readable when reduced to such a small size- too complex or too subtle art won't stand out enough to be read, so try to focus on getting across the broad idea first and foremost.

Company A: Magic: The Gathering
This is a long standing fantasy card game, of course. They favor traditional, high fantasy illustration with good polish and refinement. Compositions should have a strong focal point. Try to adhere to the quality and level of rendering present in their current library of cards,

Dont look up these cards, just do them without referencing the art directly.

Spikeshot Elder: Creature — Goblin Shaman: Spikeshot Elder deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player. "Now that he knows a thousand ways of hurting people, his next shamanic quest is to discover a thousand more."

Cancel: Instant: Counter target spell. "Even the greatest inferno begins as a spark. And anyone can snuff out a spark."
—Chanyi, mistfire sage

Zombie Assassin: Creature — Zombie Assassin: Exile two cards from your graveyard and Zombie Assassin: Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.
"Zombies don't kill. They recruit."
—Braids, dementia summoner

Leonin Skyhunter: Creature — Cat Knight: Flying: "The skyhunters were born when the first leonin gazed at the heavens and wished to hunt the birds overhead."

Skull Catapult: Artifact: Sacrifice a creature: Skull Catapult deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
"What manner of fiend would design such a sadistic device?"
—Sorine Relicbane, Soldevi heretic

Company B: Fantasy Flight (Net Runner)
This is a newer cardgame with a scifi setting. Card illustrations range more, some being abstract for effects and "online" situations, and others being more character focused. Generally clean, polished digital rendering is preferred.

Inside Job
Event: Run • Cost: 2 • Influence: 3
Make a run. Bypass the first piece of ice encountered during this run.
"Hey, listen, I'm not asking you to do anything dangerous. Just let me into the building. And tell me which room has the weakest security. And please don't say 'the bathroom' again."
Criminal • Clark Huggins • Core Set #21

e3 Feedback Implants
Hardware: Mod • Install: 2 • Influence: 2
Whenever you break a subroutine on a piece of ice, you may pay 1 to break 1 additional subroutine on that ice.
CyberSolutions' e3 line of implants trade strictly in muscle memory and automatic responses, freeing the brain to focus entirely on cerebral tasks.
Criminal • Mauricio Herrera • Trace Amount #24

Femme Fatale
Program: Icebreaker - Killer • Install: 9 • Memory: 1 • Strength: 2 • Influence: 1
1: Break sentry subroutine.
2: +1 strength.
When you install Femme Fatale, choose an installed piece of ice. When you encounter that ice, you may spend 1 per subroutine on that ice to bypass it.
Criminal • Kate Niemczyk • Core Set #26

♦ The Supplier
Resource: Connection • Install: 3 • Influence: 2
: Host a resource or piece of hardware from your grip on The Supplier.
When your turn begins, you may install a hosted card, lowering the install cost by 2.
"I can get you anything, and guarantee the best prices in town."
Criminal • Samuel R. Shimota • First Contact #56

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