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Unread postby lindseyswop » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:37 pm  

Hi, I'm pretty new. I'm an artist and illustrator working on a custom deck. I just wanted to post some progress to see what you all thought of them. Please share any opinions and anything technical I should know. This is my first time creating a deck. Once most of the designs are completed, I'll be launching a Kickstarter to fund printing through the USPCC. The project, Modern Day Myth, combines ancient Greek mythology with modern identities. Besides the two below, other examples will be Apollo as a musician, Athena as an activist, Hades and Persephone (coupled on the same card) as a dealer and addict, etc. Pips and indexes are custom.

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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby ecNate » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:20 am  

Welcome! The art look pretty solid and an interesting theme. We'll certainly want to see more, especially the tuck and card back, but also more cards as well.
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby lindseyswop » Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:57 pm  

Got it! Thanks, ecNate. And I will share more as I create them.
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby Wanderer » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:49 am  

Strange deck. At the amateur.
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby lindseyswop » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:36 am  

Wanderer wrote:Strange deck. At the amateur.


Not sure what that means. Can you explain?
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby ecNate » Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:51 pm  

lindseyswop wrote:
Wanderer wrote:Strange deck. At the amateur.


Not sure what that means. Can you explain?



If you can follow everything in this thread... https://unitedcardists.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=9627 ;)

I'm pretty sure it's a language issue (ESL), but I'll let Wanderer clarify if needed.
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby lindseyswop » Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:45 pm  

That thread seems a little...tense.
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby flashcards » Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:43 am  

Lindsey,

I think the artwork is gorgeous. Please share more with us as you create it. Don't forget the back of the cards as that is a big factor for a lot of collectors. Keep up the good work and just ignore any negative comments that might be expressed. Some people have an ax to grind- don't take it personally.
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby Räpylätassu » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:11 pm  

I love the idea! The artwork does look good, but I think it could look better. I can't put my finger on it, but do just a bit of tweaking and play with the design a bit and I think we will have a winner here. Have to stretch this: The courts look good, but I think it they are not in their full potential.

However the font you used on the index could use an overhaul. Meaning the J, Q, K font. So I would design that again.

Otherwise I have to say that you have a great idea and a good start to it - Keep working on this!
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby lindseyswop » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:41 am  

I agree! I feel it's lacking. I'm playing with the idea of adding some background elements behind the courts. I will also work more on the indexes. Thank you!
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby lindseyswop » Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:37 pm  

So I'm fiddling around with adding a background to them.

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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby TGunitedcardists » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:12 pm  

I like the custom artwork but really don't like the font and the pip underneath.
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby lindseyswop » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:42 pm  

TGunitedcardists wrote:I like the custom artwork but really don't like the font and the pip underneath.


I can agree with that. My design skills have gone to the wayside in favor of illustration. I'm thinking of sticking to "default" pip and indexes.
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby lindseyswop » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:59 pm  

It's been a minute. I got caught up in other illustration commission. I wanted to drop in and give an update and hopefully receive some input. Still no backs yet or the tuck case. To speed up the process, I decided that each royal will serve double duty: Queen of Hearts will also be Queen of Diamonds, King of Hearts is also King of Diamonds, etc. I wanted to see some opinions on that as well. Thanks!

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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby JuFiN » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:02 pm  

its always preferred to have unique art for each card.

For the red queen here, no one takes selfies with the screen facing away from them anymore. I know it makes for more interesting art than basically a black rectangle, but still.
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby lindseyswop » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:15 pm  

JuFiN wrote:its always preferred to have unique art for each card.

For the red queen here, no one takes selfies with the screen facing away from them anymore. I know it makes for more interesting art than basically a black rectangle, but still.


Her "twin" is taking her picture. While she is applying lipstick to the other.
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby Malthus1 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:22 pm  

The artwork looks amazing! I love it.

One question though: the hearts have large heart pips in the upper left of the artwork area, the spades don't have large spade pips in the upper left. Is this a deliberate design element, or are spades going to be added later? I notice that the spades have much more subtle spade motifs (the queen on the bottle and book, the jack on the hat), but this is very different from the hearts.
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby rousselle » Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:53 pm  

There is a great deal here to like, and I really hope you continue to pursue this project.

I particularly like the subtle differences between the two illustrations on each card. This is a difficult thing to do well on a playing card court, and you seem to have an inherent understanding of how to make that work.

I will observe that there's something wrong with the hand that is holding the lipstick/cell phone (or is that a card?) on the QoH. I think it's the wrong hand on that arm. I.e., it looks like it's supposed to be her right arm, but it's a left hand holding the lipstick/cellphone. The result creates a jarring effect; your brain knows something's not quite right about it. If you could fix that, I think that card would be a lot more awesome.

Keep up the great work. Your response to feedback has been right on target. You've got this.
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby lindseyswop » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:13 pm  

Malthus1 wrote:The artwork looks amazing! I love it.

One question though: the hearts have large heart pips in the upper left of the artwork area, the spades don't have large spade pips in the upper left. Is this a deliberate design element, or are spades going to be added later? I notice that the spades have much more subtle spade motifs (the queen on the bottle and book, the jack on the hat), but this is very different from the hearts.


Yeah, I think I need to work out exactly where I want those pips. I like the more subtle ones that are sort of hidden. Do you think those hidden ones will hinder its playability?
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Re: Modern Day Myth

Unread postby lindseyswop » Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:15 pm  

rousselle wrote:There is a great deal here to like, and I really hope you continue to pursue this project.

I particularly like the subtle differences between the two illustrations on each card. This is a difficult thing to do well on a playing card court, and you seem to have an inherent understanding of how to make that work.

I will observe that there's something wrong with the hand that is holding the lipstick/cell phone (or is that a card?) on the QoH. I think it's the wrong hand on that arm. I.e., it looks like it's supposed to be her right arm, but it's a left hand holding the lipstick/cellphone. The result creates a jarring effect; your brain knows something's not quite right about it. If you could fix that, I think that card would be a lot more awesome.

Keep up the great work. Your response to feedback has been right on target. You've got this.


They are applying the lipstick and taking the picture of each other if that makes sense. So the bottom Queen is applying the liptstick to the top Queen with her left hand, while the top Queen is taking the picture of the bottom Queen with her left hand. I think the boa she is wearing over her arms is adding to the confusing of the arm placement. Could probably use a rework.
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