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Crystal Heroes — Creating Perfection

Well you know you have a hard-working (and very talented) artist ... When you get an e-mail saying: "Some of my earlier works are no longer at par with my newer ones...!"

So a picture is worth a 1,000 words ... So two (2) pictures are worth more than their weight in gold.

Here are both BEFORE & AFTER illustrations:

This was one of three (3) revisions... The 2nd one is not final and the 3rd one is still in very "rough" stages of illustration.

You've got to admit that there is a STARK difference between the two illustrations and the BEFORE was "not bad" (feels a little cartoon-y) but the AFTER looks fully developed and rendered with precision and accuracy.

Please feel free to share your comments/feedback/thoughts. Cheers!


The other revisions are...

The Bard (Wooded Elf) which was re-done but is not final. He looks real cool and the illustration is very innovative. The other revision is the Wizard. Granted he is not as good as some of the other characters but I still thought he looked pretty cool.

So I have to wait to see if the Wizard is only some "touch-ups" or if he is a completely NEW and re-done illustration...


BTW touch-ups are like

The sample I have shown in this thread for the Zealot (Elven Cleric). This is when there is a BEFORE and AFTER versions of the same illustration.

Illustration that are re-done ... are from SCRATCH and are completely different than their earlier counterpart.

Re-done basically means a NEW illustration. Touch-ups are near identical illustrations with alterations to make them more "precise" with added detail to make them appear more professional.

Fantasy Card Artwork

I see a -definite- improvement from the first version to the second in these examples...! It's very impressive, and I think the second pass at the artwork would be a fine addition to any card game.

The style of the first iteration of the artwork reminds me of the old-skool AD&D trading cards from back in the day. They released a card set as a sort of hybrid collectible-reference set or something, featuring NPCs, famous characters, items, and spells. Here's a photo of a set that came in the AD&D magazine, Dragon:

Wow PNP cards in a magazine ...

Were considered "collectible cards"! Never knew that could be a medium by which to SELL them?! It brings up an interesting point: maybe I could in some form or shape include PNP (Print-aNd-Play) cards in some kind of game or design magazine... Hmm...!

It's just a thought... But a cool one albeit.

Thanks for sharing those cards ... Yeah that art is definitely more comparable to the BEFORE illustration. Very cartoon-ish. Although this is true, it doesn't mean that better art could be found in a magazine... In any event... Just some thinking (not for CH but at some point in time for ARCH maybe!?).

Just as a follow-up

Here is a DETAILLED listing of both Fantasy and Sci-Fi Magazines that are on the look-out for more content.

Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazines

  • Analog Science Fiction and Fact
  • Apex *starting with June 2008 issue
  • Arc Manor
  • Ares Magazine *Added 4/2017
  • Asimov’s Science Fiction
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Cast of Wonders
  • Chaosium *Added 1/2018
  • Cicada
  • Clarkesworld Magazine
  • Compelling Science Fiction *added 6/2017
  • Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores *added 12/2017
  • Cricket
  • Daily Science Fiction
  • Dark Discoveries *Added 1/2018 –Will cease publication later in 2018
  • Diabolical Plots
  • Escape Pod
  • Fireside Fiction
  • Flash Fiction Online
  • Future Affairs Administration *added 6/2017
  • Galaxy’s Edge Magazine
  • Grantville Gazette *starting with May 2007 issue
  • Grievous Angel *added 7/2017
  • Grim Oak Press
  • Highlights
  • Lightspeed Magazine
  • The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust
  • Nature
  • Nightmare Magazine
  • Odyssey
  • Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show
  • PodCastle
  • PseudoPod
  • Star Citizen Jump Point Magazine
  • Strange Horizons
  • Terraform (Motherboard) *added 9/2017
  • Uncanny Magazine
  • Zombies Need Brains *added 7/2017

That's a bunch of magazines... Granted that I didn't Google search any of these... Just found a Reddit link and decided to COPY & PASTE the contents ... Because that's what the responder to the OP said ("Copy & Paste" these magazines)...

Also someone else said to use the following URL/Link to find MORE sources for content on the web (Poetry, Novella, Short Stories, etc.):

Diabolical Plots Submission Grinder

That's another source of possible Magazines looking for more content...


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