Saturday, February 14, 2015

Oathsworn Giant

For Tommy's card we did something a little different. I translated his card into Hebrew. Many Hebrew inscriptions were written on pot sherds, broken pieces of pottery that made for a useful writing material. To this end, I bought a planting pot and smashed it to create some pot sherds. Unfortunately, it is not easy to get pottery to break in exactly the same size and shape as a magic card. Since I didn't want to have to buy lots of pots just to get lucky, the piece I ended up using was larger than a magic card. To mimic an ancient Hebrew art style, I choose to take inspiration from drawings found at Kuntillet Ajrud dating from 9th-7th centuries BCE. It is a bit simple in style compared to the art of Mesopotamia and Egypt, although I think it has a certain amount of charm. I thought I'd provide some examples, so you could see what I was using as inspiration. I think my brush skills are still in need of work. At Tommy's request, I added a castle in the background, which is fitting for a card that is basically a creature version of Castle.

Here are the images of the finished card with a magic card for perspective:
We hope you like it! Let us know what you think!


  1. I like all of the cards you guys made but I'd have to say this is my favorite of this new batch. I want a pot with all of a deck to plant a Christmas cactus in. Also it must have been fun crushing a pot. Very Zelda circa 1998. How many Rupees were hidden inside?

  2. I agree, this is my favorite too. Although it might be awkward to carry around, I like that it is not shaped like a magic card. It seems much more like it is something ancient this way and like something Tommy just found on the ground while he was backpacking across the middle east during his study abroad in Iran. Also that is awesome you had to smash an actual pot to do this. I hope you threw it at a snake or bird that was coming towards you.

  3. I'm glad you guys like it. It is certainly a little more awkward to bring places with you. It does, however, have a more authentic feel. But it might be worth it for the good pottery times. As for the pot, there was a blue 5 rupee inside. I didn't throw it at a snake or bird, but at the old man from whose house I took the pot, of course.