ZestyGan

Aspiring Trainer
Member
Yeah I agree tbh. Some non-AA full arts look nice, but sets are way too big. Nothing worse than pulling a garbage full art that is just there for filler
Did anyone look at the actual filler cards for Fusion Strike and Brilliant Stars? Most of them have an attack for 2-3 energy that doesn't do anything. 10-15 or so cards with literally no text on its attacks that isn't a basic pokemon, on top of useless, ugly rainbow rares...what's wrong with the people running this game?
 

HershelLayton

Aspiring Trainer
Member
I'm not sure that Scizor is a render – but more to the point, I don't think 5ban is a bad artist/group(?) at all. They're good at capturing a variety of Pokémon in dynamic poses and doing it in high volume, possibly even on short notice (or some other factor that leads to Creatures being so amenable to commissioning so much work from them). Their work is fine. It's always just a question of oversaturation – even the undisputed master, Mitsuhiro Arita, would begin to grow tiring if he was doing this much artwork, for so many sets, for so long. Variety is the spice of life, and the TCG.
It's not that they're bad (at least they rarely have complete misses), but a lot of times they're just...mediocre? You look at it and think "oh ok it's a Pokemon" and not "oh wow this is a cool card I want to collect".
 

beatbox2000

Aspiring Trainer
Member
I'm not sure that Scizor is a render – but more to the point, I don't think 5ban is a bad artist/group(?) at all. They're good at capturing a variety of Pokémon in dynamic poses and doing it in high volume, possibly even on short notice (or some other factor that leads to Creatures being so amenable to commissioning so much work from them). Their work is fine. It's always just a question of oversaturation – even the undisputed master, Mitsuhiro Arita, would begin to grow tiring if he was doing this much artwork, for so many sets, for so long. Variety is the spice of life, and the TCG.
If all they have going for them is "can complete submissions quick" that's just not good enough considering there are so many artists available.

And then when they come up with utter abominations that are completely off model like Blastoise V with 0 sense of style, then no they really should be phased out.
 

Winkachu

Aspiring Trainer
Member
All of these have to be printed, I enjoyed all of these artworks but this Pikachu made my day, I was laughing my ass off.

1649746707503.png
 

DMYSYS

DUMMY SYSTEM
Member
If all they have going for them is "can complete submissions quick" that's just not good enough considering there are so many artists available.

And then when they come up with utter abominations that are completely off model like Blastoise V with 0 sense of style, then no they really should be phased out.
A good working relationship is worth a lot.

As far as Blastoise, I think even the most fervent Blastoise afficionado (I include myself here) will admit that Blastoise hasn't looked like Blastoise in over 20 years. This is probably something you could blame TPCI for, because some of the OG got minor/major redesigns most likely for the sake of merchandising/animation/etc. and Blastoise is probably one of them.
 

HershelLayton

Aspiring Trainer
Member
I came across the art contest a few days before the deadline, and sent it over to a friend of mine to see if she wanted to participate in it. I'm a little bummed she didn't make top cut, but I wanted to share her submission she was able to make in the little time she had.

View attachment 16517
Although your friend didn't get in, I could definitely see this being artwork for a card. I especially love the background
 

Phendrana

Aspiring Trainer
Member
There is so much amazing art in here, it's sad that only one card will come from this.

My top three would be:

nMWcFI2.png


OTKWnw7.png


wegWIIR.jpg
 

FluffyFlareon

Aspiring Trainer
Member
most of these should made into real card artworks. the diversity of expression and the level of meticulous detail is evident. the creativity and caliber in skill is there.
 

asukawashere

Aspiring Trainer
Member
I came across the art contest a few days before the deadline, and sent it over to a friend of mine to see if she wanted to participate in it. I'm a little bummed she didn't make top cut, but I wanted to share her submission she was able to make in the little time she had.

View attachment 16517
As a graphic designer with an eye towards print production, I can see why they would cut this one. The art is beautiful (love the little ponyta in the corner, so adorable!), but those highly-saturated RGB blues and teals are outside of print gamut and would not look right off screen. One of the criteria they said they'd be evaluating on was print suitability—pieces that use too much black, out-of-gamut colors, etc. were going to be cut according to the instructions.
 
Top