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old and "modern" art in magic



 
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rizoma



Joined: 10 Nov 2012
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:42 pm    Post subject: old and "modern" art in magic Reply with quote

A small rant here: I don like modern magic art. Why? Because it looks too damn constrained. Too serious. Too careful, defined in its lines and forms, strict, "cool". Too cliché, full of fantasy and sci-fi common places.

Compare it to old cards:

http://magiccards.info/wl/en/33.html

http://magiccards.info/wl/en/38.html

http://magiccards.info/5e/en/51.html

http://magiccards.info/ia/en/46.html

http://magiccards.info/tp/en/79.html

http://magiccards.info/dk/en/1.html

They look far more humane, far more "free". Some are more experimental, with less clear lines and more abstract themes. Others just look fun, "open", made by a person, not a drawing machine. In a word: they look personal. Made by an artist, and not a mere portrayer of fantasy clichés. Of course, some of the old art was plain terrible; but that its not a con at all, because it means that artists had the freedom to be bad. They had the freedom to plainly suck and be themselves. Now all looks homogenized and made by a machine, and too "cool" to be artistic at all.
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rizoma



Joined: 10 Nov 2012
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot a key word: old art looked more humble. Not grandilocuent and full of hyper dragons of the underworld destroying the multiverse, etc. Less cocky, less "cool".
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magicman85



Joined: 22 Aug 2009
Posts: 555

PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. With the old art, you could actually see the pictures on the cards. Now that computerized art is too small and detailed you can hardly see what is going on unless you put the card right up to your face.
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AxiomBlurr



Joined: 11 Jul 2010
Posts: 411

PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed! The old card images (artists like Quintin Hoover, , Anson Maddocks,Melissa Benson, Kaja Foglio) had a feel of being ancient/arcane/mystical images of lore and wonder...

http://magiccards.info/rv/en/88.html

http://magiccards.info/rv/en/1.html

http://magiccards.info/an/en/34.html

These were paintings of great skill and artistic integrity...not just mass produced images churned out of a money induced factory.

these days the cards feel generic...with only a few exceptions...Lord of Atlantis is still around!!
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Sprouts



Joined: 15 Feb 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

magic art has been in a downfall for a long long time. I wouldnt even dare to call stuff nowadays art (maybe illustration). One of the things that pisses me the most is how they changed the borders and the card layout, old layout was just so much more elegant and discrete. What can we do.. I dont even look at the images anymore
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rizoma



Joined: 10 Nov 2012
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sprouts wrote:
One of the things that pisses me the most is how they changed the borders and the card layout, old layout was just so much more elegant and discrete.


I completely agree. Its more "modern", more "cool", more "slick". I personally prefer the humble elegance of the old design.
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