Ok I'll ask it.. this isn't necessarily my question alone, but it is for everyone who want to know; how do you get into the sketch card business? Do you send some pictures of your cards to.. say Upper Deck or Topps, or do they find people via art profiles? I knew you made art before doing sketch cards. Another question: is art school really necessary? I find myself asking this question because I'm not ready to spend 70K in a 3-4 year art school.
I would definitely suggest doing some sample cards that you can show to Topps and Upper Deck. There are also some smaller companies around that would be easier to get into and would be a good way to get your feet wet. The best way is to contact the companies and send samples to them. You might not get a response right away but keep on them and send new samples every couple of months. Another good suggestion is that you should be on Scoundrel Art Community. It’s a great sketch card artist forum where you can post your work, talk with other artist, get critiques and creative directors from some of these companies are on the forums looking for artists. Give it a look!
Art schools, it’s tough to say. I know for me and the type of work I do and want to do, it was a good choice. Your abilities and knowledge will grow much more quickly. But is it necessary? I’d just suggest that you make the best decision for you and what direction you want to go in with your work. Thanks!
I started out young, mostly doodling, then moving into copying comics just for fun. As I got older I started to take it more seriously and moved into painting and experimenting with other mediums and decided to stick with it!
That 140 + card set is freaking amazing, especially drawing star wars related cards. Have you ever tried to make sketch card puzzles? Also, I couldn't help but notice that you used faber castell Pitt pens for the inking, or is that just me? (Because I have those..)
Thanks a lot! I tend to stay away from doing puzzles mainly because of the difficulty for fans to collect it all and personally, I prefer each card to be a completed composition.
I do use Faber Castell for some of the details. But, the primary markers I use for cards are Prismacolor warm greys. I really like the values they provide and workability.
Was it hard at first to draw in such a small space such as a piece of blank trading card. Reason I ask is because I would like to get into the business of sketch cards. Do you buy the card stock or does the company send the stuff for you?
At first it is a little difficult getting used to drawing at that size but you quickly get a good feel for it. There’s definitely advantages and disadvantages to working at that size.
When working on a professional set, the card stock is supplied by the publisher. If you are looking to practice, you can buy blank sketch cards at most art stores now or online. I recommend Strathmore Artist Trading Cards, Bristol smooth is what I prefer. Good luck and practice, the more you do the more comfortable you’ll be with it. Thanks for the question.
If you have anymore questions or if anyone else has any, hit my ask box. Always good to hear from everyone!