Games Revolted got their new illustration or graphics by running a design contest:
Design an appealing card for Phageborn - trading card game!
Check out Games Revolted's Illustration or graphics contest…
Games & Recreational
We design and produce video games. Our target audience are gamers.
What's your vision?
We are making a virtual online trading card game, therefore the design choices we make can go in many directions since we are not bound by the rules that apply to physical tabletop printed card games. We are looking for a unique, modern card design in a dark fantasy style, with a little bit of a 3D feeling. You should also be aware that our game is not made in a classic fantasy style, but the atmosphere is much darker, murkier and more gloomy. The card must have three different versions of texturing: - Oblivion version - Drakkorith version - Neutral version Card icons such as attack cost and health must be identical for all factions. Each texture variation should be unique and feel like it belongs to that specific faction but at the same time they must all look like they are from the same game! First start with a basic texture, such as stone for example, then add decoration and embellishments on top, such as carvings, runes, orbs, etc. Obviously, the basic texture and decorations should be in separate layers. The entire card design should be made in a modular way and layered as much as possible, so individual elements can be easily scaled, moved, replaced or otherwise edited. This is important for us to be able to make changes later on if we decide. Also, in the future, we will create special “gold” versions of the card which will have even more embellishments and special effects applied.
Game Factions / Card Texture Variations OBLIVION The Oblivion is a faction from beneath reality, called The Void. Texturing style should be somewhat purplish with decorations like purple orbs, runes or something. This is where your creativity comes into play! DRAKKORITH The Mighty Drakkorith, humanoid dragons. They are presented in yellow/red/brown colors and have nice texturing details. Decoration and embellishments are your choice. NEUTRAL Neutral cards represent a large variety of other factions. The dominant color should be gray as it is the most neutral color out there. ____________________________ Card Elements: Elements reference sketch and description (in the attachment) NOTE: This design is made only to explain the layout of the card elements. You don’t have to follow the design since there is no design to be followed. This picture exists only to show you the placement of the card's elements. COST ICON – ESSENCE COST We think it should be displayed as an enchanted orb, although you are free to present your creative ideas. CREATURE PORTRAIT FRAME – 3D FEELING This is the most important design feature. The background of the character will be placed inside the frame but at some parts the body of the character should “peek” outside the frame, overlapping it at a certain point, providing a 3D feeling. The idea was to make the design of the card look like a portal that has summoned a character. The portal has wide edges, to emphasize the 3D feeling when the character overlaps it. If you think you have an idea to make it look better while ensuring the 3D feeling and allowing the art to be nicely displayed, you are welcome to present us that idea. ATTACK ICON, HEALTH ICON & NAMEPLATE Most card games have an attack and health attributes at the bottom of the card, so for the sake of visibility and originality we chose to place the main attributes in the middle of the card, above the nameplate. We are still struggling on how to organize the three of them in a way that will look good, and to allow the name plate to have space for some longer card names. We need your help regarding this issue :) Attack icon should represent the creature’s attack attribute value, it should communicate with the player instantly, same as the health icon. The design choice is completely up to you, but keep in mind to match the design with the rest of the card. TEXT BOX The color and texture of the text should be somewhat neutral, compatible with all the faction textures, pleasant to the eye and a viable canvas for dark-colored text. In the text box, all the card effects are displayed and it is mandatory that it be easily readable on screen. CREATURE TAG Placed at the bottom of the card. Explains the type of card; creature, spell or other. Example: Goblin Warrior, Spell — Fire, etc. Feel free to be creative about this one :) Card Dimensions The game will be playable on different resolutions, HD (1920x1080) and above, so be prepared to make the final design in high-resolution, preferably 4K or above. Note that when the card will be displayed inside the game, it will be scaled to various sizes depending on where it is shown and what the screen resolution is. For example, when the player has the cards in his “hand” the size will be the smallest, he must be able to see the Card’s name and the cost, but in order to read the entire card text the player will be able to zoom in and enlarge the card to its full size. The reference card’s dimension ratio is roughly 1 : 1.4 (width:height). Try to keep your design somewhere close to that, it doesn’t have to be exactly the same. The card’s size will always be related to the screen resolution. The width will roughly be 0.225×W and the height will be 0.55×H, where W is the screen width, and H is the screen height. Example: If the screen resolution is set to 1920×1080 px, the card will be displayed at 430×600 px in its largest form, and at 215×300px in its smallest form. Keep all of this in mind when designing your card. It must look good in many different sizes. The text in the nameplate and on the cost icons must be clearly readable at all possible size ranges (largest or smallest card form). All other text must be readable at the largest size only. SUMMARY - We are looking for a unique, modern card design, with a bit of a 3D feeling and in the dark fantasy style. - You must create three different versions of texturing for the card: Oblivion version, Drakkorith version and Neutral version. - Card icons such as attack cost and health are the same for all factions - It is extremely important you follow the layout of the card elements we provided - The design of the card displayed here is made only to present the layout of the icons and the elements. >>> Do NOT let it limit your creativity! <<< - We are looking for a high level of detail and a dark fantasy theme of the design and texturing - Follow our guidelines but feel free to present other ideas if you think they are good - Take care of key design principles and impress us with your creativity and quality of work - Winner of the contest will be offered additional paid freelance work, to make the designs for other card types and factions that we need.
400 US$ Custom package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Illustration or graphics starts at 2.399 kr..
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their illustration or graphics.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
Games Revolted collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
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