Hi. Just a question regarding Hector's Perfect Sacrifice(specially the lack of sacrifice in the scene depicted). When, and also who does it, is decided the final card title? If I Recall Correctly from comments of some authors, cards are commisioned with a working title which is not the final. Am I right?
So almost all the card names in the design document I get end up being changed, and often have some sort of joke or simple name liked Shosuro Ed, or Mirumoto Slick. Perfect Sacrifice I think started as perfect attack or some such. Oddly the image makes slightly more sense when you see the other card the character is in but that is sort of reaching a touch. We do sometimes try and catch it when the art doesn’t match the title or flavor text. For example there is a scout card coming eventually that does something PRE battle and gives a bonus in which the flavor text said “they are at our doorstep my lord!” But the image has him holding stolen maps. So we sort of looked at that and said….umm worst scouts ever? Thus the flavor got changed. The who does the titles is usually Reese or Shawn I think. I’ve never specifically asked, I think its a mixture of the two at times. The when is after final art is in and the cards are set into their frame.
So the short story is we try to catch stuff like that and often do, but there are times the final name doesn’t sync perfectly with the depiction. We’re only human, drunk, drunk humans.
Hey Guys! I was wondering if it would be possible for you guys to do a possible set of classes at Gen Con? I am trying to do art but still mainly new. I think others, especially more advanced artists would love to have an art class or art demo that week.
While Gen Con is a fantastic location for such a class, Steve is figuratively and somewhat literally swarmed the whole trip at his booth. He doesn’t even escape for food during the day, and instead sends out scouting missions to forage for Chick-fil-a.
I myself am no artist, I’m pure direction (as opposed to instruction) and continuity. I can however talk ad nauseum about the process, many of the the do’s and don’ts of the professional art industry, how to get noticed, what sort of websites to have ect ect. But I suspect know that is far less interesting than learning from Steve Argyle.
Hi Steve and Adrian. Talking with people from L5R Argentina community, we coincide that the art work from experienced clan's guidances are so much beautiful, so the question is: Could we have clan deck baker with this images in the future? And deck bakers with the art work of the Glory of the/Imperial Favor?
We agree they are pretty awesome. The creation of deck backers however is usually left up to the artist. Sometimes the company produces them but it tends to be fairly infrequently and not something the art director gets consulted on to much, but we’ll mention it.
Is there anyway not to have the Oracle of the Void link embedded in most of the Lion images? I can't open the pictures for: Kitsu Miro - Charles Urbach, Ikoma Yamahatsu - Stu Barnes,Ikoma Sido - Glen Osterberger,Ikoma Shika - Sergio Camarena, Akodo Uehara - Carlos NCT, The Celestial Sword of the Lion Clan - AKA Shinrai - Steve Argyle, The Marshaling Fields - Noah Bradley unlike previous works from L5Rart tumblr. Thanks!
Huh was experimenting with that feature didn’t think it would screw with all the images like that. I’ll turn them off.
*Later* So deleting the embedded link and reposting doesn’t seem to fix it. Still working on it.
Care to share any thoughts on the art direction of the upcoming sets? What has you most excited about the Emperor arc art-wise?
We’re pretty stoked about a lot of the art. Every clan gets one or two Mario pieces by the third set. I have a three set running battle across 5 or 6 cards of a Goju and a Scorpion Ninja battling atop a night roof by Sergio. Plenty of established characters in backgrounds of actions, a few old Samurai and older characters showing up in strategy cards here and there. We took EoW to really get a full understanding of how the job works, its the first full set we did everything start to finish on, each set we try to refine our artist pool and I think that will show as time progresses.
Re: sword displays. The most common reason that a sword would be displayed without its hilt/saya would be to allow the smith's inscription on the tang to be seen and read. Also, the saya and hilt are the work of different craftsmen than the blade and can be regarded as separate or secondary works of art. A quality blade can last centuries if well-cared for but a wooden saya is not quite as durable and will often be a replacement.
yes to all of that. I know Steve mentioned some of that at one point. Great additional information on the swords and the display set up.
So the ancestral sword of the Hantei just got released. Adrian mentioned that Steve had 'source' imagery of blades on display. I was a little confused myself when I first saw it because I didn't know why the blade would have its hilt off. Could we get some more info? Perhaps a better look at the art itself (its hard to see, even on a digital card) at the very least.
I don’t have access to Steves photo’s he used for reference. But we did talk about it last year and the impression I got from him was that many swords he saw on display behind glass had most of the parts disassembled to really show off each individual part. As these Celestial swords are used weapons we didn’t go that far, but we did want to show more of the swords. Typically in the games history these types of swords you either saw the blade, the suka or the saya, but not all together.
In my own mind I see these as how the sword might be formally displayed when not in use and being readied to clean or on display for the clans own members.
Posting each image of the clan previews as well as some background information about the artistic process behind them is rapidly becomming one of my favourite things about EE. Please keep up the awesome work!
Thanks! We’re really glad it’s being received well. Even a year into this Art Director job we still nerd out over the game and the art. It’s important to us to share that excitement with you, this was the best way we thought of.
How difficult or problematic would it be to put the minor clan mons on any minor clan cards printed? Would that be a rules concern, or just an issue of practicality? I know it would definitely be a good way to reward those minor clan fans, and I just didn't know how difficult it would be to pull off.
It would require some design and additions to our current template files. It’s more a matter of getting the Brand Team to approve such a project. It wouldn’t be huge, but it wouldn’t be simple. Medium-low on effort required to get it pulled off if it was approved, but getting approved or interest in it would be the hardest part of such an ambition.
Ben Peck is an amazing artist, probably consistently my favorite throughout the game (though there are obvious close calls) and I'm so overjoyed you've got him working for L5R again after what seems like a bit of a hiatus, please tell me you're going to be keeping him busy?
Ben is great, his work schedule allows him a limited amount of time with us so he did Emperor and Embers but nothing since and that makes me a sad panda.