Card art has been on the rise all over the the world lately, with newer companies taking advantage of all that the new digital and portable platforms have to offer. Increasingly common is the gameplay mechanic that a card can have multiple versions of itself, leveling up as the player goes through the game to change forms and become more powerful as they advance. with this in mind, we've created a new challenge based in the industries of card art and character design- BLOODSPORT 14: BeastMasters !
imagine this bloodsport as a set of cards for a popular game based on a new IP. your art director has given you total freedom of design within the parameters of a brief description seen on the cover to each box the game is sold in:
'Mighty warriors of a lost age, whose skills in the arcane arts granted them the ability to shift their forms into those of powerful monsters! Whether bound in the armor of their spirit creatures, or transformed into them through their rage, all who face them fear the BeastMasters!'
This IP is based on characters who come in 2 forms. One is a human form, and the other is a creature that they transform into (actual animals or fantasy monsters- both are acceptable). the human form MUST have a design to its clothing or armor that reflects their creature form. ( basic example: a knight in a lion's head breastplate turning into a lion ).
aside from this, there are no rules. feel free to make their armor designs and creature forms as fantastic as you see fit!
now, for the twist to keep things interesting- this bloodsport requires 2 of the same illustration, but with the character leveled up in the second to display him in his more powerful monster form. feel free to keep the other aspects of the image the same to save time, or to do 2 totally different images if you're feeling a bit riskier.
SOME EXAMPLES TO GET YOU GOING--
TIGER / CAT
AND REMEMBER! THIS TIME WE ARE EMPHASIZING COMPOSITION, CHARACTER DESIGN, and CREATURE DESIGN!
REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ENTRIES!
- MUST be DESIGNED as a set of VERTICAL CARD ILLUSTRATIONS
- MUST BE 2 IMAGES, each highlighting-
1) the human form of the BeastMaster wearing armor themed on his creature form's design
2) the creature form itself, with or without armor
-MUST have a clear and strong connection between the design themes in the armor and the selected creature or animal the character transforms into!
- MUST include studies done to be eligible to enter! Poses, materials, reference studies, lighting, composition sketches, etc.
THIS CONTEST HAS NO RESTRICTIONS FOR CHARACTER AGE OR GENDER, AND CAN BE TAKEN AS SERIOUSLY OR AS LIGHTLY AS YOU SEE FIT!
...oh, and did we mention?
were going to keep the ball rolling with our guest judge idea, to try and offer more real industry feedback from pros with real industry experience! this time around were happy to have Anthony Jones on board to look at your work and offer feedback to the winners!
please send finals to email@example.com
DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 5th @5pm est