Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Who else has tamed Scarzam's Dragon?

A while back, I ran a Pauper Commander tournament at my local game store, Alpha Players. The first all-common EDH deck I built was led by Sivitri Scarzam, and I was surprised by how many games of regular EDH it was able to win. Of course, it's not the most thrilling strategy ever; basically I just sit there drawing cards and playing lands while everyone ignores me because I'm playing an all-common deck. Eventually it gets down to me vs one other player, and I have a grip full of counterspells, card draw, and removal to survive long enough for an unblockable Sivitri or recurring Corrupt to win it.
Apparently I took those pictures before I raised the text box and border. This card took a very long time to finish, as almost every layer required a lot of intricate cutting. I was very happy with how it turned out, though - it makes me sad that she's such a terrible commander...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Lemurs? Is that all? Finally, something harmless.

Though Norin the Wary was my 2nd EDH deck, I didn't finish making a 3-D version until recently. The construction was very different from most 3-D cards I've made, as the art is hard to break into traditional layers. Everything is bent and curved to cross layers and make 3-D work with the perspective of the art: the ground is bent back, the main wall is curved back, and Norin leans forward, his torch reaching beyond the top layer (at least when the card isn't in a case).
I included this side shot to aid make it easier to understand how this one was constructed. From the side it looks like the back layers must be very easily visible all the time, but in person the card looks great and that's not an issue. The only real problem is that I don't have a Beta Jade Statue for my Norin deck.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dreams, Intet, and Fifth-dimensional Timelines

Intet was a card I made a long time ago, just because I thought he'd look fantastic in 3-D.  Eventually, I decided to make a new deck just to use the 3-D card.

Since then, I've made 3 more of the Planar Chaos dragons, and I plan on making the 5th, Vorosh the Hunter, early next month.

Friday, April 15, 2011

When you gonna give me some time, Karona?

I've been making 3-Dimensional CCG cards for about three years now, and switched to cutting up Magic the Gathering cards about a year ago.  These days I mostly make Legendary creatures, so they can be used as Commanders, but I've also made other creatures and spells by commission.  I decided I wanted a place to put up pictures of the 3-D cards I've made instead of just directing people to a mtgsalvation thread every time they ask for more examples of my work. At some point I'll probably give a rundown of the process I use to make most of my 3-D cards, since it seems every 3-D card artist has their own method and I'm a big believer in the Bob Ross idea of giving away your secrets.

But in my case, fewer happy trees.  Sorry.

I'll start with the first 3-D EDH General I made, back when that's what they were called.