Analyzing the arts of Magic: Altered Cards / Full Art Cards
02/24/20 0 comments
In general, when it comes to alternative art, we have three types of modifications.Edit Article
Alternative art created by Wizards
The "proxy", altered art through digital printingTatyova, Benthic Druid original Tatyova, Benthic Druid proxy, altered by non-original printing, The "proxy" card generates a lot of controversy and discussion, as they are usually cards printed with other and unofficial material, thus being a way to even bring fakes to the game. I'll be writing here only about the proxy as an art alternative, not questioning the authenticity of the cards within the game, okay? So let's go. As said before and shown in the example above, the proxy usually changes the card as a whole, respecting or not the rules of the game. There are those who use them to practice, there are those who make this change only for collection and there are those who use them to play, but a proxy can only be used in the game for fun between friends, nothing official, because this type of card is totally invalid in all official formats.
Hand-altered art, hand paintedWell, here we are in the hand-altered, hand-painted card segment (the one I work with, lol). The "Alter" or "Altered" and even "Full Art" made by hand aim to bring a different or improved perspective of the original card. The big difference between this style and the proxy, for example, is that the art is always done on top of an original card. Expanding the original art of the card, bringing a new design for it or even both together (just like Wizards does with some cards and products). Okay, even though it's a painting on top of an original card, can I use it in my deck? Will it be worth more? The answers to both questions are ambiguous.