WELCOME. . . to our house of cards
‘Card art’ is not a sexy term. The words aren’t spoken in breathy tones to invoke visions of invention, creativity and artistic excellence. But that’s exactly what it signifies!
Anyone familiar with Magic: The Gathering will know that in the small rectangle sitting above the card stats, compelling characters, wild environments and myriad other weirdly wonderful things reside. The paintings – and there have been flipping thousands of them made in the 20-odd years of Magic alone – are created by artists with different styles and techniques. But with size and shape restrictions, in order to make an impact they all have to be clever, clear and something else that starts with ‘c’ that backs up my point.
The lovely people at Wizards of the Coast have shared the newest Magic extension pack – Shadows Over Innistrad – and we’ve spoken to some of the key artists involved, over on page 40. If you want to get stuck into creating your own card art, you’ve got two options. Head to cover artist Anna Steinbauer’s workshop on page 64, or Fantasy Flight Games’ artist Matt Zeilinger on page 84, where there’s a cyberdude making magic on the dancefloor awaiting you… Never thought I’d get to say that in ImagineFX.
There’s loads more of course, but instead of listing the rest, I’m going to focus on one particular favourite of mine: the 2D and 3D workshop on Dune’s ornithopter by Alex Jay Brady. Her workshop starts on page 70, and is packed with ideas and inspiration. Enjoy!
Beren Neale, Acting Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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