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Elesh Norn Alter

Good morning! :D

I hope that everyone is doing well.

Yesterday I was able to spend a few hours playing edh and tiny leaders with some friends, and while there I had the chance to take a few photos of an alter I did a couple of months ago:



YAY I finally have shots of it when it was finished!!  Woot!

In other awesome news, a friend of mine asked me if I had any plans for having more edh decks, and I replied that I was planning on making a Saffi Eriksdotter one (another friend altered a Saffi for me :D!!).  Well, for about ten minutes he was going through some cards, then handed me a stack of them.  I gave him the "questioning look" for a while, and then he mumbled "something about birthdays."  XD  EEEE! :'D  (My birthday is on tuesday, so he pretty much gave me most of an edh deck.)  I was doing the almost silent squeeing scream for a few minutes.  Gahhhh soooo much awesome!!

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I also wanted to mention some information about the Tiny Leaders format, for those of you who haven't heard of it yet.

It is very similar to edh, but with a few differences:

-generally played one on one.

-your general (aka. 'tiny leader', and all other cards cannot have a converted mana cost over 3.  However, cards with X in their cost, like Entreat the Angels, will count X as 0.  Bwahahah!)

-50 card decks instead of 100

-25 life instead of 40

The rest of the rules are pretty much the same as edh.

Here is the official tiny leaders facebook group, and the tiny leaders blog.  Also, here is the tiny leaders subreddit.

It is a really fun format, and I really enjoy the challenge of building a solid deck with nothing costing over 3 mana.  I'm certainly no expert deck builder, but I do really enjoy it! :D

I really hope that this format sees more growth!!

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I hope you have an awesome day! :D

Toodleooooooooo

-Ash



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Prime Speaker Zegana and M15 Pre-Release

Good morning!!

So!  This Friday I was able to attend my first MTG pre-release, and it was loads of fun.  I chose the white pack, and the promo card in it is Resolute Archangel:


The alternate art on this is gooooorgeous, and the word "snow" is in the flavour text, so I was all AHHH.  Not only that, but her effect is reeeallly nice.  That actually saved me in a round, because I allowed my opponent to smack my life total hard, and then I brought her out and reset it back to 20.  MUAHAHAHHA!!!

I didn't pull anything super amazing, but I do like the cards I got.  (One dude got 3(!!!) of the Souls...omg).

Unfortunately I am not that great of a magic player (YET!!  I have goals!), so I promptly lost after that (heheh).  But I still had a wonderful time with wonderful people, and my anxiety didn't act up too much, so that was fantastic.  I also wasn't trapped in a terrifying psychosis the whole night, so that was fantastic too.  Darn you mental illness ruining my fun!

I got home in the morning about 3 minutes to 10, so I finally fell asleep around half-past.  Ugh, I felt like I had a hangover for the rest of the day.  I am not as spry as I once was.  (It is amazing how the body changes in 10 short years!)

Today I have a commission to show that I did last week for someone, and it was really fun to do :D.



The client wanted Zegana to resemble to god cards that I paint, so I made her more space-y!!

Unfortunately my eyes (particularly the left one) have been having some issues lately, so I won't be painting as much as before until I get a chance to see my optometrist.  I also need new glasses.  *grumpy face*

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Toodleooooooo

-Ash
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More Space Lands!


Good evening, dear readers!

I've been painting a lot lately!!  Along with other types of cards, I've been trying to get more lands finished (and I hope to do more very soon!).

Here are some recent works:



I have a mountain land almost done but I need to put a few finishing touches on it.

There are sooo many cards that I want to paint, and I have so many ideas, but not enough time.  Grr!

Anyhoo, have a super awesome night!

-Ash
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Another 4 Gods


Good morning, dear readers!

This morning I was able to finish another 4 god card alterations, and I like how they turned out (although I think Heliod's headgear could have looked a little less like horns... whoopsie!)


These take several hours to do each, but they are really fun to work on.

On another note, a lovely friend of mine came over yesterday to visit for the first time since she returned from Scotland.  She is so sweet; she bought me a souvenier unicorn mug (AW YEAH!!:D) and some amaaazing dark chocolate! :'D  In fact, I think I am going to go eat some right now! XD

I hope you have an awesome Wednesday, and toodleooOOOooOOoo!

-Ash :}
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Space Gods

Howdy do! :D

Whoopsie, it's been a bit since I last posted on here.

I've been pretty busy painting more commissions (YAY), which is serious fun, but a decent amount of work.

Recently I did a set of gods for a friend, and the last 4 I did were in a space-y style (similar to how Ephara looks in Ephara's Radiance, but honestly not intentional).  

It came about by my friend mentioning that he was hoping for a space-y background to Iroas (I love painting space stuff and this was right up my alley).  We were trying to think of ways to make it work, since Iroas' original art has him standing in the distance on a sunny day, so that adds a lot of diffusing to him and a completely different colour and light scheme than what would be necessary for a starry background.

So, I ended up darkening him, and adding more stars for the Nyx effect, and we both really liked how it turned out.  After that, I finished the other three gods in a similar style.

Here is how they turned out:


It was afterwards that I realised that it resembled the style of James Ryman's art on Ephara's Radiance (which is one of my favourite pieces!):


As you can see, James is LEAGUES ahead of me XD.  His work is beyond beautiful.  But sorry James, it truly wasn't intentional; I guess your awesome artwork stuck into my subconscious!

Right now I am working on another set of 4 gods, so I will post photos when I am done. :)

I hope to get better at painting space scenes, since our universe is truly beautiful and amazing!

Take care and toodleooooooooo!

-Ash ^_^

(Card names, characters, yadda yadda copywrite Wizards of the Coast.)
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Two Different Versions of Kruphix

Good afternoon, dear readers.

Recently I did two different Kruphix commissions.

I had a lot of fun with these!!  They forced me to work on landscape painting, which is something I need a LOT of practice with.

There are so many things I want to learn! I still stand by my opinion in the conversation I had with a couple of friends last week: it would be so cool to have the lifespan of an elf.  I wouldn't want to live forever on this world (no thanks, that is just too much!), but a few hundred years would be pretty sweet, and ample time to study more.

On to the alters!

Here is what Kruphix looks like normally:


And here are the two versions I worked on:


 
Sure there are things I would like to change, but I think that will be the case for every piece of art I do, ever XD.

The first alter I did was for someone who plays many formats of Magic, and so I needed to keep the card legal.

The second one is for someone who only plays elder dragon highlander, and so I could do whatever I wanted, covering the entire card.

Well, that is all for today, and I hope that you have a great one!

-Ash :}

(Names, logos, characters, etc., copywrite Wizards of the Coast.)
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Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief Alter

Good afternoon!!

Here is another altered magic card that I painted, this time of Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief:


Here is what the card looks like normally:

(Names, characters, symbols, etc. copyrite Wizards of the Coast)

I wanted to keep her face looking similar to how it appears in the original (such gorgeous art!), but I also wanted to give her an oldschool rpg avatar look.

Here is another photo, of when I was still working on her:


The client wanted lots of blood, so I added that after.

I hope that you have a great weekend! :D

-Ash :}
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Pharika Alteration - Extended Art


Good morning!
Another alter, this time of Pharika, God of Affliction:


And for reference, here is the original:

(Names, logos, characters, yadda yadda copyright Wizards of the Coast.)

She was really fun to paint.  I adore the colouring of the photo, especially the sky around her.  Unfortunately as one has to paint really thinly on the cards, it can compromise the structural integrity of the paint films, and a few spots of the sky lifted off as I was varnishing.  I was able to cover them up again, but I had to spend a bit re-mixing colours to match the areas.  

Seeing this now I would like to define the outline of the river, but what's done is done!

Toodleoo and have an amazing day!
-Ash :}

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Savra Alter

Good morning!

Just a quick post for today.

I have another alter I finished last week:

Savra, Queen of the Golgari.


For reference, here is what the card looked like to begin with:

(Characters, mana symbols, MTG etc. etc. copyright Wizards of the Coast)

She was fun to work on!! :D  

However, looking back at it now, I see that I would have liked to change the lanterns on the right, since they are not high enough!!  BLEARGH!!  Oh well, maybe I will steal her back one day and fix it up.  

I really hope to find some more tiny brushes, as they never seem quite small enough for what I want to do.  For some reason, almost all of the stores that sell them nearby have next to none in stock.  What the what!

Anyhoo, I hope that you are having a fantastic morning!

-Ash :}
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Basic Lands

Good morning, dear readers! :D

Recently I painted (acrylic) some basic lands for my edh deck, and I plan on doing many more.

Note: because of how much of the card is covered up, these are not legal in tournament play.  However, as I do not play in tournaments, I don't really care.  XD



The gold on there is a super-awesome gold leafing pen from Krylon, which I also used for some of the nail art I did in the past.  If you use it for nail art, be wary of top coat; you have to blob it on to not smudge the paint.

I think the pen retails for around $10 Can, and it really is so awesome to use.  I don't know what they use in it, but it really looks like gold leaf!

Have a super weekend! :D  (I'll be going to a Comic Con, wooo!!)

-Ash :}
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More MTG Altered Art

Good morning, dear readers! :D

I am back today with more Magic altered art.  :)

First off, may I share something?

I'm across the pond!!  WOOHOO!!

A huge thank you to Stuart Waddicor for the awesome mention in this awesome article!!! :D

Second, here are a couple more alters I worked on:



I hope you have an awesome day, and I'll be back with more paintings!

-Ashesela :}
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Altering MTG Cards

Good afternoon, dear readers! :D

Lately I have been pretty busy doing alteration artwork on Magic the Gathering cards.

Omg, it is SO FUN!!! :D

There are different options, ranging from adding small touches to the original artwork, extending the original artwork, and painting something completely new and original on the card.

Not only does this help me practice with painting, but it is really fun to customize cards (and it is a great way to make a few extra dollars or get cards from trading).

Here are some examples:

The Isochron Sceptre was one of my first alters, and so there is more messiness around the edges.
I really liked the original artwork and wanted to keep in line with that, but I wanted to change the colour scheme and a few other things:


The original is on the left, and my version is on the right.

This Whispersilk Cloak is also one of my first alters, and while I am not very skilled at painting fabric, I wanted to have fun with this card. I added some gold leaf to it as well:


As you can see these are both full alternate alterations.

An example of extended art that I did is this Karametra:


Here is a bigger photo of my alteration:


This is fantastic practice for me!!  Not only do I get to work on a small scale (I looove painting small!), but it is challanging for several reasons, it forces me to experiment with colour, and I end up painting things I never thought I would. :D

So if anyone is looking for a very rewarding and fun artsy hobby, I suggest giving this a try! :D

Have an amazing day, and I'll be back with more alters!!

-Ashesela

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Heyo!  I am the writer behind Art Evolve, a blog about things and stuff, that I update sometimes.  >:D

I have a serious love for books, gaming, and general sci-fi and fantasy things.

I also love music and art, and hope to become a better musician and artist as time goes on.

I just started playing Magic: The Gathering again after a looooong break (11 years!?!), and it is awesome.  I hope to become a better Magic player too, because I'm not that great at it heheheh.

I was introduced to edh last (I think?) month, and it has quickly become a favourite format.

OH!  I also do MTG altered art, which I recently started and it is seriously fun and rewarding.  Magic + art practice?  Aw yeah!! :D

What else, what else...  I like video games, and play on both PC and console (PS!!).  I love rpg's and some good shooters, and killing zombies is a plus.

I love chocolate, tea and coffee.  I smoke cigarettes, which is stupid, so don't ever smoke cigarettes because it is stupid.

I also really like food.  Too much so.  Especially crunchy things!  I seriously need to get some bubble tea because it has been way too long.

I love to study but my ADHD makes it a bit difficult (a lot difficult, because remembering things can be kinda rediculous).  I also have obsessive compulsive disorder which sucks.  And anxiety disorders, which suck.

Favourite subjects include: astronomy, nihongo, art, geology, stuff like that.

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