Card Art That Doesn't Hold Up

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Card Art That Doesn't Hold Up

Post by MysticJhn » Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:39 am

Nostalgia aside, old cards definitely had a different look to them art wise.
Something about how they were drawn or the shading or general style, but they stand out compared to newer styles.
This doesn't necessarily make them bad, just different.
However, some card arts with the classic just don't hold up anymore.
Post some cards that could use a fresh new artwork.

The idea of this thread was when I ran into THIS card on Duel Links.
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One of these days I'd love to take a crack at fixing up that artwork to look like something.
A good something.
The background is all but empty, just a block of red, and its body looks mismatched,
almost like someone stuck together parts of different monsters.
They aren't even all one continuous color or pattern.
There's little to no detail on it whatsoever.
Basic shading, but it LOOKS like a drawing.

Compare that to any Dragon monster made after, say, 2008.
Heck, even compare it to better Dragons of the same era!
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Re: Card Art That Doesn't Hold Up

Post by Barra » Sat May 04, 2019 9:20 pm

I disagree and think that Yamadron holds up very well. I like Yamadron better than most modern cards lately. And if they gave cards like Yamadron new art, they'd have to redo the art for several hundred of the older cards, which will probably never happen unless they decide to re-release or reboot the entire game one day as part of some 50th anniversary set or something.

In the meantime, here's a rough draft of what a reprint may look like to tide you over:

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Yamadron's background may be bland, but tons of lazy archetype cards have bland recycled backgrounds, Chronomaly for example:
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I prefer Yamadron's classic art compared to a card like this, which looks like it belongs in MTG:
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Or this, which looks so stupid that I'd be embarrassed to own a copy of it:
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But when it comes to Yamadron, the original print of the card was holographic in an exclusive limited edition set. I think the card looks better as a holo, and it was probably drawn with the intention of being a holo. Here's what the original print looked like:
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The other cards originally released with it seem similar to Yamadron in terms of art style as well, especially this one:
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Here's Yamadron in Dark Duel Stories:
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And here's the ritual card used to summon it in some of the other games:
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Rather than wish for a reprint, you can just gaze upon this 3D model of Yamadron from Duelist of the Roses in all its glory:
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In conclusion,
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Re: Card Art That Doesn't Hold Up

Post by MysticJhn » Fri May 10, 2019 2:05 am

You complain that Inspiration looks like MTG artwork, but that's not a bad thing.
In general MTG has nice artwork.

Also, the holo Yamadron really doesn't help.
The 3D model makes it look like a Gen 1 Pokemon at best.
Just a metal spike ball with, for some reason, 3 heads and cartoonishly large feet.

Yamadron doesn't even stand up compared to other cards from the same era.
Main character monsters had much better artwork, clearly given more effort.
However, you can compare it to filler cards that aren't a character's card, and it still doesn't hold up.
One of my favorites (artwork wise) from LOB is Metal Dragon.
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Look how much better detailed and drawn that card is.
Its whole concept is better illustrated.
This card was released the same year as Yamadron.

Also, they have done a LOT of new card art for old cards.
Heck, Dark Magician, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and Red-Eyes Black Dragon alone might have 50 different artworks between the three of them.
I'm exaggerating, of course, but not by much.
Celtic Guardian has a few, not even counting his retrained.
Summoned Skull has 3.
I think all your original Elemental HERO Normal Monsters have 2 artworks.
So, yeah, they will redo any card art that people like and/or want to play.
If anyone was playing Yamadron, you'd see it redone.
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