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    IOW #4 - MtG: Even the Odds

    IOW #4 - MtG: Even the Odds

    Illustration of the Week #4: MtG: Even the Odds


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    This week you are given a real description for a real Magic the Gathering card. This card already exists, but imagine it is being reprinted and needs new art. The card in question is called Even the Odds. The description the artist had for it was the same as is below. You must keep to the description but also ensure that it is not simply a ripoff of the original art. Here is what you have to work with:

    Color: White Spell

    Location: not important

    Action: This spell "calls for reinforcements" when you're up against the ropes, in the form of three soldiers. How to represent this is up to you. One idea is to show a fallen soldier whose sword, helm, and shield have fallen onto the ground around him. The armaments reflect the fallen soldier's form, and those reflections have magically come to life and are emerging from the armaments, stepping foot into the real world.

    Focus: The arriving reinforcements

    Mood: the tide has turned




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    This is a full illustration that requires a high level of finish, so you have a full two weeks to complete it. Have fun!







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    I'm not that familiar with Magic the Gathering Cards. What does it mean when it says, Color: White Spell ? Is that important or symbolic to the layout of the card in someway? Also does the card have to be laid out like a Magic the Gathering card? I know that they have a description at the bottom of the spell and other technical terms, but should we include all that or just do the illustration? I want to resist googling this card to avoid being influenced by his design.
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    mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all
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    can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kafka Dreams View Post
    I'm not that familiar with Magic the Gathering Cards. What does it mean when it says, Color: White Spell ? Is that important or symbolic to the layout of the card in someway? Also does the card have to be laid out like a Magic the Gathering card? I know that they have a description at the bottom of the spell and other technical terms, but should we include all that or just do the illustration? I want to resist googling this card to avoid being influenced by his design.
    I was a little hesitant to do this topic just because people may not know Magic the Gathering very well...that said this particular topic is fairly open and doesn't require much knowledge of the game. When it says white spell, it describes what the card is. This usually means that since it is a spell the focus should be on the action of the thing happening, and the fact that it is white means that the painting shouldn't be a dark scene or overly colourful (white cards are typically bright and may be whitish-yellowish coloured or if it has other colours in it they aren't overpowering and dominant).

    Also please just do the illustration--do not put the illustration onto the card.

    Hope that helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kafka Dreams View Post
    I'm not that familiar with Magic the Gathering Cards. What does it mean when it says, Color: White Spell ? Is that important or symbolic to the layout of the card in someway? Also does the card have to be laid out like a Magic the Gathering card? I know that they have a description at the bottom of the spell and other technical terms, but should we include all that or just do the illustration? I want to resist googling this card to avoid being influenced by his design.
    Magic the Gathering has 5 basic types: Red, Blue, Green, White, and Black. Each have different attributes associated with them. White for example is about order, law, and light. It helps give "flavor" to the cards and makes them more interesting.

    Here's a longer discription:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic:_...olors_of_Magic

    This topic is going to take a lot of brainstorming, I'd better start right away!

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    Last edited by Leysan; September 5th, 2011 at 05:27 AM.
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    so all of the "action" description we have to stick to is this part?:

    "Action: This spell "calls for reinforcements" when you're up against the ropes, in the form of three soldiers. How to represent this is up to you."

    Edit:
    found some old cards
    for those who are too lazy to search the Internet for how white cards tend to look like

    I also scanned one of each of the other colors so you can see them as well

    EditEdit: translation for the two german cards: Die Horde wecken - Stir the Pride / Spontanzauber - Instant (this is a spell) / Sonnenschwanz-Falke - Suntail Hawk
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    This could be a difficult one, but another really interesting topic, thanks!

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    Oooh MtG, I hope to see some shiny art this round.

    Time to rock some socks.

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    Great topic. I'll be jumping in on this one for sure.

    I found a MtG style guide on their site.
    http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazin...gcom/daily/mc3

    It has good info on the card colors and general design tips as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revolution77 View Post

    also, is there specific dimensions for a MtG card illustration?
    2"x1.5"

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    the start to my interpretation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeitwolf View Post
    I suppose it has to be medieval-themed?
    If you were doing a MTG card it most certainly would be. Technically the brief says 'soldiers' so maybe you could do marines or something. Good question for the mod.

    revolution Love it. That is terrific. I have a feeling that these are all going to look very much alike. There is only so much you can do considering it needs to have a fallen soldier and 3 magical soldiers above him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeitwolf View Post
    I suppose it has to be medieval-themed?
    This is for a Magic the Gathering card, so needs to be something that is a fantasy type of thing with swords and armour, yes. It doesn't need to be medieval necessarily (you can do it in an older time period or from a different culture or a made up one) but I won't be accepting entries that are modern. I don't want modern soldiers with guns and such.
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    thanks for the info Andrew. I'm totally ignorant of games of any sort (hm, with exception of football maybe), so please excuse my foolish question.

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