A token! Hahaha. I definitely still prefer landscapes, but I don’t think this is too bad. It’s for a buddy of mine at the comic shop.

A token! Hahaha. I definitely still prefer landscapes, but I don’t think this is too bad. It’s for a buddy of mine at the comic shop.

The color-blocked and finished forest!

This particular alter took longer than I expected and the cleanup wasn’t great…. But in the end, I’m pretty okay with how it turned out. :)

BACK IN BLACK

Okay, not really in black, but I’m a classic rock junkie, so deal with it.

Seriously, though, I AM back! The forest is slated to be done today before FNM and most (if not all) of the forests in my larger project should also be complete! Woo-hoo!

As always, stay tuned for progress and updates!

Hiatus!

Hello, all! There will be a bit of a hiatus for the next three days. I will be en-route to and from Pittsburgh, PA and, therefore, away from my alters. Not to worry, though!! I haven’t been scheduled to work (at my paying job) until Thursday, so that means a good two days of painting! All projects currently in-progress should be finished by then, so stay tuned!!

altik-0 asked: Just a quick note regarding your recent post discussing legality of extensions: Alters are completely fine so long as the artwork is still easily recognizable to the original (eg, Steve Argyle marker-ing up a Liliana of the Veil doesn't cause any problems, usually), and the name and mana cost are not obscured. Beyond that, it's up to the Head Judge to decide, but those are the metrics specified in the Tournament Rules.

I’m sorry if there was confusion, but yes, that’s what I was trying to say. :) In the end, any/all degrees of alteration are legal at the discretion of the Head Judge, so I do recommend asking before a tournament begins just to be sure. When in doubt, I generally refer to this article:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=judge%2Farticle%2F20090414a 

WOOT! Side-project = COMPLETED!!!

Above are some examples of each style of alteration.

As mentioned previously, there are any number of variations on the above! Of those pictured, only the extension and borderless are DEFINITELY tournament-playable. Full and partial alters ARE NOT (generally speaking) because they obscure the original artwork. Technically the Klug-style alter pictured above is tournament-playable, but that is ONLY because the covered text is flavor text (Click here to see an unaltered Coral Merfolk). Sometimes a judge will allow a player to use a full or partial alter even though that’s technically against the rules.

In case I’ve thoroughly confused you, here are the basic rules for alters:

  1. Do not obstruct the name of the card, cost, power/toughness, or instructional text.
  2. Do not alter or block the original artwork.
  3. Do not add or detract from the card’s thickness or texture so as to “mark” it.
  4. When in doubt, ask a judge BEFORE the beginning of a match!

So there you go! Alteration styles as per me. :)

One of these four will be the land I alter for my buddy Chad!!
#1 - Rob Alexander - Tenth Edition
#2 - Jung Park - Avacyn Restored
#3 - Eytan Zana - Innistrad
#4 - Omar Rayyan - Lorwyn
Which one do you think I should choose?

One of these four will be the land I alter for my buddy Chad!!

#1 - Rob Alexander - Tenth Edition

#2 - Jung Park - Avacyn Restored

#3 - Eytan Zana - Innistrad

#4 - Omar Rayyan - Lorwyn

Which one do you think I should choose?

Change in Process?

Today I spent some time looking at Eric Klug’s alters. Once I’d finished crying about my inadequacy, I considered some of the insights he’s posted over time as to his altering process. Here are the differences I noticed:

  1. He mixes black and white acrylic paint to create a primer versus removing the original ink.
  2. He draws the outline over the primed space and ‘paints-by-numbers,’ for lack of a better way to describe it.

I don’t like the idea of using primer instead of removing original ink mostly because I feel like it would make the card too thick, but then I saw this:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=503502506353069&set=pb.196141440422512.-2207520000.1375907870.&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Ffbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net%2Fhphotos-ak-prn1%2F891892_503502506353069_908890410_o.jpg&smallsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ash3%2F559199_503502506353069_908890410_n.jpg&size=1500%2C1752

And also this:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=471745446195442&set=pb.196141440422512.-2207520000.1375907874.&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-prn2%2F602989_471745446195442_62369667_n.jpg&size=390%2C532

Maybe…….. It’s worth a shot?

The Saddest Thing

Hey, gang! Remember how I said that I was going to finish that side project tonight? HAHAHA. NOPE. Because my coworker decided to quit over the phone and everyone else was “too tired” or “ready for bed,” I have, for the second time in 48 hours, been drafted (forced) to work a double shift.

Pardon my French, but fuck everything. :(

Terminology

It has been brought to my attention that I have slipped into saying “standard-playable” versus “tournament-playable.” For the record, I don’t limit myself to altering cards as they come into Standard. I went back through some old posts and think I’ve corrected all the issues, but in case I haven’t…. When I say “standard-playable,” I mean that if you play with a card I’ve altered, a judge won’t ask you to find a replacement because of the card’s thickness.*

Speaking of!! I’m getting to work on that side project today, I think, as it shouldn’t take very long. As for my mountains? I’ve got to get to work on some sketching, but there should be an update on that front tomorrow.

*For a bit more on what is and is not usually tournament playable, click here and/or here. :)