I've been lucky enough to find work over the past year making art for the World of Warcraft (WOW) trading card game. It's been fun to work on this franchise, as I really enjoy the designs, colors and action of this world. It was a natural fit for me going from the video game industry to the illustration field where the subject is based on a video game. My natural inclination towards cleanliness and color has finally paid off in getting me work from the world's #1 game franchise.
The trading card game (TCG) field is a huge area for fantasy art. Many of the top illustrators find regular work making art for TCGs. There are tournaments all over the world, and its a great way for companies to expand their creative properties.
Below are a few of the cards I did last year. It's been a learning process for me. Initially I thought I was to make "small art", or basically just a card asset that was less than a full-fledged illustration. What I've come to realize is that the printing is superb quality, the artists top-notch and the expectations lofty. Even though the final product is a couple inches across, you still need to make a great piece of art for possible other promotional purposes. This is great, because you end up with finished work that can be made into prints to sell at conventions. As I have been doing these over the past year I have gradually added more detail, and my latest ones in production are getting close to where I need to be. I look forward to working on WOW for a long time!