Friday, September 2, 2016

"Dragon Age:Inquisition" Inspired Tarot Cards

We set out for a session of the pen&paper RPG of Dragon Age, and I felt the need for tarot cards for the player characters, like those for the companions in Inquisition. It came in handy that those are small, and I could try a technique I wanted - painting over printed sketches before finishing digitally.

I made pencil sketches in original size at 7×12cm in my sketchbook, cleaned them up and printed them on Canson 1557 180g/m² paper, broke out my worst watercolours for gritty effects and gave them some washes (gouache and watercolour pencils were also involved), scanned them back in and finished them digitally.
It then turned out that despite using a printing template, it was quite difficult to align the fronts and backs in the print shop, but it was finally managed more or less, and laminated for endurance.

Regrets: I would have liked them to be more art nouveau-ish, and, despite my massive use of digital masks, I'm note sure that the decoratively textured but clean look was achieved well enough (I always tend to the messy painterly), there are some composition errors; and it was fairly annoying that printing was so difficult. They had to be done between jobs, and had I spent more time, they may have become better; so I will chuck any remaining dislike to lack of time.

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