These are much better then Mattel's. They should give you a job doing this. Excellent work.
I much prefer the original card art than the ones used for Skelly and Beast Man. I believe they have used a mini comic page for Mer-Man as well?
For Zodac, the only art they could use is the original card art or his appearance in the Point Dread LP comic.
Those look really fantastic. I've been saving all my card backs from this line, but they don't really do much for me If they looked more like your versions I'm sure they'd be displayed on the shelves with the figs!
STRATOS and FAKER. SEE FIRST POST!
I think Stratos should've had Beast Man's feet.
Thanks again for the feedback!
Last edited by Super Amigo; February 22, 2009 at 09:31pm.
Love that art.
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Consider placing the MattyCollector.com logo below the illustrations of the figures, and placing the tagline Collect Them All! beside it. This would establish a relationship between the figures, where they may purchased, and the call to action.
Typographically, the capitalization of the character titles is inconsistent; the symbols associated with trademark should be superscript; and instances of appositives, e.g. He-Man—Most Powerful Man in the Universe, should be demarcated with an em dash, not a comma or a hyphen.
Additionally, the biography copy should be left-aligned, and the leading increased. (While it is not "wrong" to center-align the biography copy per se, it is not necessarily appropriate for this application, and it certainly hinders its legibility.)
Overall, the design is strong, and a significant improvement to the existing Mattel design.
These are 10 thousand times better than the actual thing.
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I like em! And how well do those illustrations fit in with the design?!
My only beef is the week font on the character titles. I think it needs to be much bolder!
Originally I wanted to place the MATTY logo in the lower part of the card, but the prominent art and bio text wouldn't allow it. The only way this can be done is using the round Matty head logo instead of the cooler, standing one. The trademark symbols are superscript, everywhere except in the main name, just like Mattel's design. I've noticed some subscript TM, but those are typing errors. Unfortunately, the text can't be left-aligned because some of the character art would cover it. Try printing one of them and see for yourself how legible the text is! Hope the "print size" info is retained, they should be the same size that the originals. Sorry, didn't get the appositives part, but the bios are copied and pasted from the Matty site.
These are only sketches and even making them in a rush take several hours! If you see the original art and then my cards, you'll see that the compositions are heavily modified from the originals, and every element of the drawing is carefully cut, cleaned of invasive elements and rearranged to fit within the given space, sometimes even extended, like Skeletor's volcano.
*depositing 2 cents*
Stick with the center aligned text. I see no reason outside personal preference for it to be left aligned. It is certainly legible enough as is.
Throw your "proper design" issues aside folks. It's just personal preference.
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Center alignment works in design because it appeals to our own sense of symetry and balance, there's really no arguing against it. Symetrical design is a pretty well founded design principal that can be found in most art classrooms or textbooks.
Anyways, let's not highjack this thread with petty bickering. Super Amigo is doing some really fine work on these, and I wanted to compliment him on his original design choice. (Although I do think a bolder font would work better on the character names :P)
D'oh, you beat me to the punch Beana!
Well. Since every suggestion that's been posted made sense, I finally modified the cards following ALL of them. The result is a much more professional and polished work that looks more finished and less sketchy.
In a way this now is a shared project, so feel free to post your own designs too!
All the cards have been uploaded in the FIRST POST.
I like your improvements very much.
I personally think that it would be pretty sweet if you could try showing us an attempt of altering the front too.
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I tried doing a repro of the classic front with the new logo but ended up liking the new design best (except for nostalgia).
Last edited by Super Amigo; February 22, 2009 at 10:40pm.