What to consider
I can paint *almost* any card you can imagine! When choosing a card to be painted, consider a few things:
- Does my card have an interesting background?
- Is the Pokemon in my card completely in the art box or will parts of it need to be painted on?
- Is my card holo?
- Is my card expensive?
What I do not like to work with
There are a few things I really dislike working with so while you are searching for a specific card keep these things in mind:
- Boring backgrounds. Cards that are 90% grass are super boring for me. There will be times where your card mostly consists of grass and that is fine - I can work with it - but it is a chore to come up with something worth painting on top of all that grass. While I enjoy working with Ken Sugimori cards due to the nostalgia, his cards have super boring backgrounds and again, I *can* work with them, just know that the resulting alteration won't be anything super exciting.
- Cards where half the Pokemon is outside of the art box. It is difficult to fit these guys completely into the art box at all times (I'm looking at you possible Alolan Exeggutor card) so part of them are often cut off. I'm fine with painting the occasional foot on or wing tip but painting entire bodies on can be a chore and I don't always match the art style as well as I would like, so try to avoid these cards if possible.
- Holographic cards. I cannot paint 90% of holographic cards. I wrote more about this down below so check that out if you are interested in getting one. (This does not include reverse holo cards - those are perfectly fine!)
- Expensive cards. I order most of the cards I paint (unless you want to order it yourself) so try to be reasonable. I will not be painting an Illustrator Pikachu so don't get your hopes up ;) but I am up for just about anything. If you are willing to pay for it, you can order it, but I suggest keeping prices in mind.
- Excessive geometry. It is SO hard to paint straight lines and even harder to paint them on the scale that I work with. City-scapes, indoor scenes, etc. have lots of straight lines and perspectives that I have to put into consideration when painting and it really makes it hard to just let my imagination run. A couple lines/buildings are fine but try to keep it to a minimum if possible.
- 3D cards. Looking at you Base set Porygon - these guys are usually computer generated or are a picture of a clay sculpture taken in the real world. Either way, it is super hard to blend traditional mediums with digital ones and I would rather not if we can help it!
What I do like to work with
After reading all of that you're probably wondering what I *will* paint - well quite a few things actually! Here is a short list of what I love working with.
- Nature scenes. I love these the most. Anything with a lot of trees, plants, water, etc.
- Water scenes. Under the water or on the top - I pretty much just like painting with water!
- Watercolour cards. Pretty much any card that looks like it has been painted with watercolours. Usually the Ken Sugimori cards fall into this catagory however, like I said before his backgrounds can get kind of boring.
- Dark cards. These always turn out the best in my opinion. Any card with dark blues or is mostly black have the best altering potential.
My preferred artists
There are a handful of card artists that I love to work with and they are listed below. To find all cards by a certain artist I suggest using this page to find their stuff much easier!
Holographic cards info
Recently I've started painting some holo cards. These usually are from the Base set or from the reprinted Evolutions set. These cards have a very abstract background with which I can blend the paint job into easily. With normal holos that have detailed backgrounds, the alteration looks weird as the paint is opaque and the holofoil sticks out like a sore thumb. With abstract holos, however, I can hide where the paint meets the reflective bits to create a much better alter. Basically, if you want a holographic card check with me first and I can let you know for sure whether I can work with it or not.