Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Alter 15 - Skithiryx, The Blight Dragon

Always loved me some Blighty. (I hate his other nickname and refuse to use it) The thing I like most about him is that even though he has infect, he can be a wincon by himself. And a really fast clock at that. Also, the art is awesome. He is a Dragon *and* a Skeleton. I'm not sure what that means, but I do know it's awesome. I really like his wings too, all bony and such. Apparently this doesn't stop him from flying however.

Alter 14 - Inkmoth Nexus

Another card that I just really like as a card, which happens to have great artwork, and is playable in many formats. Side story with this one: I finished it a few days ago, but only got around to taking a photo of it yesterday. I set it down on the counter to take the picture, and noticed the side looked weird. I went to pick it up and realized that there was some water on the counter and it had soaked into the card :( (you can see it sorta on the right side) It's drying now, hopefully it will recover to a sleevable state, otherwise I will have to do this one again I think.. bleh.

Alter13 - Green Sun's Zenith

I really like this card in general, and even though the art is kind of weird (what the hell is actually going on here?) it is also awesome. I figure I can sell this one or it can go in an Commander deck or something.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Alter12 - Caged Sun

This one is a step outside of my comfort zone. I redid the whole background and stuff, which I haven't done before this. This isn't the cleanest alter ever, but I found it encouraging and it gave me a bit more confidence to try out more ambitious stuff. I wanted it to look like it was more night time btw, not sure if that cane across.

Alter11 - Spine of Ish Sah

I tried to do an extension on a Spine for my Legacy deck, but failed so I tried another. Much happier with this one. I learned patience with this one. Getting the colors close is really tough sometimes (I need more paint colors to make it easier I think, I am currently using 6 colors total). But if you just keep making small adjustments to your colors it will eventually work. Sometimes it takes 3 different mixes for me to get it close enough, but you just have to keep doing it until it's right. The picture is actually kinda crappy too and it looks better in real life I think.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Alter10 - Gitaxian Probe

I did this one because of 3 reasons. 1. I wanted to practice getting my water/paint ratios good, so the paint can be thin and flat. 2. I really like this card, and the art on it. 3. I wanted to do something simpler after attempting a couple of harder ones.

Mission accomplished.

Alter9 - Phyrexian Metamorph

Another frustrating one. I am not happy with how this came out overall. I didn't really have a plan ahead of time for what I wanted, and my blending skills were put to the test for this one, and they came up a bit short. The card looks fine overall, but I only see the bad parts.. :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Alter8 - Moltensteel Dragon

I was really excited to do this one because the art is just awesome. However I rather rudely hit a wall for myself during this one. I was reminded that I am still very much a beginner at painting when I got to the dragon's left wing. I am really not happy with that at all, and I look forward to doing another of these to learn more about how to deal with really tough colors like this. I also have been told that most people have more than 5 paints which is what I have now. I will be remedying this sometime this week however :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Alter7 - Beast Token

I asked my faithful followers on Twitter if I should do a Moltensteel Dragon or a beast token to go with the Beast Within next. Beast token won.

Alter6 - Beast Within

Beast Within is going to see play in many formats, and the art is sweet anyway so I did an alter. This was my firt attempt at having the image come over the frame. I didn't exactly go nuts with it, but I was really happy with the little claws (they took me forever)

Alter5 - Sharuum, the Hedgemon

5 alters in and I got my first commission. This was for a friends EDH general. I worked really hard on this one, but it also helped me remember that I don't really know what I am doing :)

Alter4 - Porcelain Legionnaire

First attempt at really doing an extension with an object in the frame as opposed to just background.

Alter3 - Oblivion Ring

For my 3rd alter I got kinda brave and did some stuff with the glowing ball thing in the corner. I was really happy with this one.

Alter2 - Behemoth Sledge

This was my 2nd alter. I started getting a much better feel for the paints and how to use them right away. Also did more reading and got some tips.

First Alter - Sunblast Angel

This is my first attempt at altering. Basically just me guessing at how to do this.