Saturday, October 29, 2011

Broken Record

Making this 3D Kiki-Jiki was a lot of fun. For a long time I avoided cutting up cards that cost more than $1 each unless they were commissions; I'm glad I let that go because a lot of my favorite 3Ds would never have been made otherwise.
I currently have about 10 normal Commander decks built. In those, there are certain cards that I consider annoyingly powerful so they're only in one deck even though they could fit into the colors for more than one. Constant Mists, Tooth and Nail, Genesis Wave, and Reveillark are on that list. Kiki-Jiki is certainly strong enough to make that list, but I love the card too much, and it's in 4 of my 5 decks that play red - only Atogatog doesn't get one.
The process for making this card is detailed here. The card itself is currently in Trick Jarrett's possession, along with a bunch of other awesome Kiki-Jikis - foil Japanese, From the Vaults, and a Guru alter by Eric Klug.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

As Bad as Advertised

Back in the day, this was one of my favorite cards. Stealing effects of any type seemed insanely powerful to me. I was very happy when I was contacted to make this for someone whose love for the card was stronger than mine.
Of course, it turns out in practice that The Wretched's ability never triggers; he's either an unblockable 2 power for 5 mana (blah), gets blocked by a chump who's dead before he can steal it, or gets blocked by something that can kill it so it's not around to steal anything. That didn't stop me from dreaming up scenarios involving Lure and Regeneration.
This 3D was the first one I made after I bought pottery tools to help with shaping individual pieces, so it has a lot of curve in the body parts and wings.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


I made this for an article on GatheringMagic because it won a poll for which card I should do next. I don't dislike the finished product, but I think that being 3D makes it less creepy.  Part of the atmosphere of the original art is the murky darkness of the room; detailing the spine, blades, and pincers takes away from that by defining the borders of everything too much.