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Old 08-26-2013, 09:43 AM   #351 (permalink)
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Tomorrow I'll be asking for permission to post at least an additional 24 color sketch cards for this series -- including two more four-card puzzles. At this pace, I just may be able to do a total of 60-70 in color -- maybe more.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:44 AM   #352 (permalink)
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Those are great--I hope I get one of those puzzles
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:50 AM   #353 (permalink)
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Just got approval to share these:

I love the Martian raiding the fridge.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:16 AM   #354 (permalink)
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Ted -- Yeah, that was fun.

I know these puzzles are all going together in one pack, but I still try and design each puzzle card so it can stand alone -- sort of like a sub-plot of the overall scene.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:51 PM   #355 (permalink)
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Hard to believe I'm still having fun drawing the same stuff I was drawing 48 years ago -- monsters and army men -- as is clearly evident by the composition and accompanying illustration below I had to draw for a sixth grade composition assignment way back on Dec. 13, 1965.

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Old 08-26-2013, 06:41 PM   #356 (permalink)
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Russell, those are great. Besides the puzzle sets, I especially like the Mars landscape ones... and I love the style of the (human) soldiers.
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Russell, those are great. Besides the puzzle sets, I especially like the Mars landscape ones... and I love the style of the (human) soldiers.
I figured no one has drawn much regarding Mars, so I'd explore that territory a bit. Glad you like the style of the soldiers. I'm trying to keep things circa 1962.

Since I spent 20 years in the Air Force, however, I may dabble with some newer stuff towards the end.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:56 PM   #358 (permalink)
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One reason I didn't buy MA Heritage was that there were way too many sketches of Martian heads, so I am definitely liking all of the previews so far, I see lots of great bugs and soldiers and flying saucers, etc.

I also think the 4 card puzzles are a great addition, there are going to be some lucky collectors out there! Alvin, can you give us some idea of how hard it will be to pull a puzzle hot pack? I know a lot of the sketches haven't been sent in yet, so you don't have a hard count of them. But is the goal to have them be something like 1 in 10 cases?
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One reason I didn't buy MA Heritage was that there were way too many sketches of Martian heads, so I am definitely liking all of the previews so far, I see lots of great bugs and soldiers and flying saucers, etc.

I also think the 4 card puzzles are a great addition, there are going to be some lucky collectors out there! Alvin, can you give us some idea of how hard it will be to pull a puzzle hot pack? I know a lot of the sketches haven't been sent in yet, so you don't have a hard count of them. But is the goal to have them be something like 1 in 10 cases?
Thanks, aggie, we made a point to show our sketch artists all of the new material such as the new giant bugs, variations on the martians, mutated monster men, robots, etc. and stress to them all the different things to draw, after seeing the feedback from Heritage sketches (see, fans can make a difference, and we do listen!).

I think last year a lot of the artists went in with nothing but the original cards as reference and so most of what you got were riffs on the cards or big martian heads. I admit as one of the sketch artists I too fell victim to that.

As for the "hot packs"...

The original plan was to just do FIFTY loaded sketch packs. We may have upped that at some point since a lot of artists are doing 4-card puzzles, but whatever the case it's going to be very rare.

That said, because the print run ended up so much smaller than anticipated based on initial orders, it may end up being less rare than we originally planned.

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Thanks, aggie, we made a point to show our sketch artists all of the new material such as the new giant bugs, variations on the martians, mutated monster men, robots, etc. and stress to them all the different things to draw, after seeing the feedback from Heritage sketches (see, fans can make a difference, and we do listen!).

I think last year a lot of the artists went in with nothing but the original cards as reference and so most of what you got were riffs on the cards or big martian heads. I admit as one of the sketch artists I too fell victim to that.

As for the "hot packs"...

The original plan was to just do FIFTY loaded sketch packs. We may have upped that at some point since a lot of artists are doing 4-card puzzles, but whatever the case it's going to be very rare.

That said, because the print run ended up so much smaller than anticipated based on initial orders, it may end up being less rare than we originally planned.
how much smaller?

also the Original cards inserts stamped on front or back?

perhaps a smaller pre-order due to the price increase?
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how much smaller?

also the Original cards inserts stamped on front or back?

perhaps a smaller pre-order due to the price increase?
Not sure about the stamp.

Can't comment about the print run, since I really don't work that part of the business, I just know it's not a big one.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:32 PM   #362 (permalink)
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:36 PM   #363 (permalink)
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Not sure about the stamp.

Can't comment about the print run, since I really don't work that part of the business, I just know it's not a big one.
thanks for your reply.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:42 PM   #364 (permalink)
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I look at it this way: with all the beautiful sketch cards shown so far this will bury the sketch cards from Heritage, yes?

I'd love some opinions on this.

Alvin, when do you think we can get an artist list? will it be available before the release?

I know you said there were some artists on board that were not doing many? so a list was not possible yet.
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I look at it this way: with all the beautiful sketch cards shown so far this will bury the sketch cards from Heritage, yes?

I'd love some opinions on this.

Alvin, when do you think we can get an artist list? will it be available before the release?

I know you said there were some artists on board that were not doing many? so a list was not possible yet.
Well I don't want to make those claims, but i'd like to think it will, yes. I'll definitely have a list before release. Probably 2nd week of September, i'd imagine.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:14 AM   #366 (permalink)
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I thought I'd post some of my "Mars Attacks" sketch cards. I'm really enjoying seeing everyone's work and was happy I was asked to help with the set!














This isn't a sketch card, but just a piece I did for fun! I may blow it up and make it a poster for my wall!
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:21 AM   #367 (permalink)
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Those are all great. I'd love to get any of them in a pack.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:40 AM   #368 (permalink)
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There is some seriously fantastic work going into this set!
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There is some seriously fantastic work going into this set!
Yep! There sure is!
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:25 AM   #370 (permalink)
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There is some seriously fantastic work going into this set!
I agree! Great stuff!
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:55 PM   #371 (permalink)
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I know you guys aren't fond of head sketches but when they're done well there's no denying they are awesome!

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Old 08-28-2013, 07:06 PM   #372 (permalink)
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I know you guys aren't fond of head sketches but when they're done well there's no denying they are awesome!

Love the colors on his work.

What medium and tools do most sketches artists use? I use a brush pen, a pigma sensei marker, and watercolors. I still can't believe the details some people get at sizes that small.
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Love the colors on his work.

What medium and tools do most sketches artists use? I use a brush pen, a pigma sensei marker, and watercolors. I still can't believe the details some people get at sizes that small.
Personally I have been using prismacolor pens and a mix of prismacolor/copic/blicks markers. Many artists use those markers (which is why I chose to as well) but many artists use whatever medium suits them: pencil, pen, ink, watercolor, acrylic paint, oil paint, gouache, colored pencil, etc.

Yours are coming out GREAT so I can't say you're doing anything wrong!
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I know you guys aren't fond of head sketches but when they're done well there's no denying they are awesome!

Don't worry, when they are as good as this and Tim Proctor's, then I'm a fan of head sketches.
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Here is my own contribution to the "4-Card Puzzles" group for the hot packs... instead of doing one big image across four cards, I decided to do something a little different, and illustrate a sequence, as a girl is attacked, then turns the tables on the Martian.

I'll admit it kind of happened by accident after I noticed two cards I had done featured a blonde in a blue dress!

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