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    Oh, meant to post this, too -- the idea of doing dead characters made me think of the morbid portraits at the Disneyland Haunted Mansion where the figures are calmly facing impending death. Maybe the surroundings of the character could "tell a story" of how they died or how they are about to die.
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    I like the ideas flowing here .. I love the 'deathish' theme and the somewhat twisted sick feel, by use of colors and mood/ facial expression. Reminds me abit of Alice in Wonderland/ Dave McKean/ Danny Devito as the Pinguinman in Batman. But then Like Colette says, more original ^^ haha

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    golem: emperor, 9 of swords
    clockwork: sun, knight of cups
    parcel: 7 of cups, wheel of fortune
    kir: queen of pentacles, 3 of wands

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    ok so between us the theme is twisted dead fairytale like characters.
    sounds good! ill do some more sketches I like it! Can't wait to get started properly
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    Lookin' good golem! The background is exactly the mood I think we're striving for! I'll post some sketches soon.
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    Here's some background work for the 7 of cups. I'm thinking this is going to be a bloody one, though I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to portray the character... I was thinking of the cups holding his blood pouring from several suicidal wounds (wrists, neck, and other places I can't think of) to kind of demonstrate the card's meaning of indecision as far as all the various places to cut yourself.
    Another thought was to have each cup hold a different kind of poison to again show variations that the 7 of cups symbolizes. Let me know what you guys think!
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    hmmrmmm rmmmm indecision. also wishful thinking and disconnect/ungroundedness. flowing blod is a good idea for the water elemtn of cups in general. 7 wounds on the body? i can't really think of 7 off the top of my head.
    some ideas:

    make the 7 goblets phantasmic/smoky and have them collect blood and tip into each other in v formation at the bottom. so just 2 for collecting from wrist streams

    have the figure hung. the noose could be ghosty.

    float a lot of knives around the hands to show more options.

    more overlapping spirals/circles for the graphics in the bg.

    tilt the head to one side with the legs crossing over slightly to face the other?

    some cool stuff for ghostliness/disconnectedness:
    http://magiccards.info/scans/en/9e/74.jpg
    http://magiccards.info/scans/en/fut/2.jpg
    http://www.wizards.com/mtg/images/da...lVecSplash.jpg
    http://wowbox.yatta.com.tw/mtg/image...lot_il_Vec.jpg


    i sorta wondered off to work on another pic D: but it'll be ok, should definitely finish in time. gotta shove more symbols into the emperor card too, so i'll be looking up more of the meanings tonight. might also add more complexity to the graphic bg if it pertains to the theme, it looks very simple to me now that i've played around with it more.
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    I was definitely thinking of having the figure hung... but I wonder if that'll confuse the card with The Hanged Man? It's kind of the same problem with the knives since there is a whole Suit of Knives. So I dunno -- maybe if it's not the focus...? I'll work with some more ideas, but I'll put the figure in a less stiff, more corpse-like pose.

    I love the little glowing crown! It goes well and adds a perverse element to the card. You were going to have chains holding him up, weren't you? Are they going to be holding him in a sitting position, or is he actually seated on something?
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    That emperor is the epitome of morbidness and awesomeness for me. Love it. Looking forward to competing with you.
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    @parcel: hmm you've got a point, i think so long as the goblets stand out a lot more than the knives you should be ok, same with the noose maybe. how about another ungrounded way to die, in a bathtub? would certainly fit with the suicide idea. oh you could try pill bottles and razor blades instead of knives
    the pose thing isn't so much for making it more dead-like, though it has that effect. i was thinking of ways to show indecision.
    and i'll be adding the hooks and chains too, but i gotta work on weighting him right (bring the legs up and drop his butt for one). he looks supported from beneath... unless i put a pole through his pelvis horizontally >_>

    @Janos: the epitome? wow thanks indeed XD. instantly fell in love with the theme your team is going for and can't wait to see what you guys roll out (also you should check out michael hussars work if you haven't already)
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    loving it all so far!

    sorry for the lack of responses from me, been under the weather and the kids are home as the schools are closed due to snow, so day drawing tie is 0 atm hopefully feeing better so will get stuck in tonight so glad we have our direction sorted now!
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    it's cool Alex, hope you get some peaceful arting time
    an update (some layers are invis, i'm still going for predominantly dark with glowy light)
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