Here's an idea I had with the monsters being part of a typical card deck.
Also visited Greek mythology, monsters in Greek mythology, old west themed cards, and Norse mythology as well as my comic ideas that I'm working on.
It'd be nice to have some art to sell with my comics tied into them. But, they aren't a comic yet and I don't really want to have promo materials for a comic that I'm not even finished with the story yet. Kinda like having a band t-shirt without the band.
Here are some artists I have been looking at lately that have really inspired me. I'm finding that I am more interested in stark black and white images as opposed to the painterly look. I'm also just loving angles right now.
Mike Mignola is kinda my guy right now that I can look at if I don't feel like drawing. Looking at these though, I thought of how cool an actual playing card with Mike's version of a king would look. Or a Frankenstein as the king. Here's some ideas I was messing around with.
Here's another artist I have been loving lately, Dan Hipp. His style is similar to what already comes sort of naturally to me just way, way better. Something to aspire to for sure. Dig his Mignola influence too.
I can already see this on a face card. Stuff is starting to come together. Still, though I am not sold on the monsters idea. Just doesn't seem to have much originality other than maybe the style I would draw it. At that point for some reason I just start thinking about stuff that I like to draw or would like to get better at drawing.
Robots. Especially like big Japanese mech ones. Never have drawn much of those but it seems like that would be a neat take on the King, Queen, Jack and Ace. So I go to yet another artist I love, Jake Parker.
The card could even look a little tinted or weathered like it was from a sketchbook. And the robots would be my own design so seems like it would make for more originality than just the movie monsters. Kinda liking the way this is headed now.
The main thing I am trying to get incorporated into either the mech design or something that accompanies it is the suit and the value of the card. I like this guy. The King of Spades.