Make a splash with card art
Ensure that your character card art is both colourful and dynamic, by following design approach and painting process
hen developing illustrations for card games, you have to bear in mind that your painting will mostly be viewed at a very small size. It’s important to make sure that the viewer will have no trouble understanding what’s going on in your image. The best way to do this is by keeping a tiny second window showing your painting in view at all times. Maintaining strong values and clearly defined silhouettes will also help.
WHowever, with digital card games or online art galleries, people can usually see your painting at a much larger scale as well, so you’ll probably want to at least indicate some detail to keep it interesting. Stay true to your previously established values when doing this though, or the overall readability will suffer.
This may sound like a lot to keep in mind, but really, making sure that your image reads well at all sizes is something that should apply to any kind of illustration, not just art created for card games. Well-controlled values make for good paintings, no matter the size.
When working on card games, you’ll usually receive a concise description of what your illustration needs to include. The only requirement for this painting is to make it colourful. I’m in the mood for painting with rich blues, so we narrow the character description down to someone who’s either in the water or in the sky. Okay, let’s get started!