Inspiring Themes - Trading Cards
[Art ideas to live by]
By Flex McCool
Trading card games are turn based card games where players collect cards to use in a custom deck. A player who has obtained better cards for their deck tends to have a better chance of winning. The rules in trading card games can be complex. Cards often times add twists by adding additional perimeters and rules when they’re in play making the games very strategic. Usually these cards contain elaborate artwork portraying imaginative creatures, locations and items. This is likely to give each card a unique sense of individuality through personality and uniqueness. In addition, there are playing matts, cases and other apparatus that tend to be artistically designed. The artistic quality and complexity of play makes the creation of trading card games an interesting project to tackle for the curious artist.
"Jed Henry is an illustrator, lifelong gamer, Japanophile, and all-around nerd. He grew up copying art from game manuals, and years later, eventually got a degree in animation…." Jed’s reimagining of classic video game characters in a traditional Japanese artistic style is genius and his adaptations are spot on. Jed’s series of Ukiyoe Heroes can be purchased in his Ukiyoe Heroes website as Giclée Prints or as Woodblock Prints. Also check out hisFacebook and Tumblr pages to stay up to date.
RJ has a deviantART gallery is filled with amazing images from fantastic faraway realms. What’s perhaps the most clever of the works in RJ’s gallery however are the diagrammatic text book-esque images of various Pokemon. The images are not only realistic, they look like something straight out of a paleontology museum. Check this amazing artist out.