Links below for specific goodness :D
Las Vegas Magic the Gathering Grand Prix 2013 Menu.
I’ll also have some giveaways, (binder candy!) and some one-of and limited stuff. Like the original oil “Planeswalker Portraits,” and the super-detailed acrylic alterations. So come by and see me!
I probably won’t be offering much in the way of “off-menu” at the event. Stuff like 2x2 and 3x3 artist proof sketches, full size or color mat sketches, that sort of thing. I’ll be playing it by ear, but with pre-registration alone nearing 3,000 players, I’ll probably have to say no to anything that takes significantly longer than a sketch or an alter.
Keep an eye here though, we may be formulating a plan to accommodate more special requests, and hopefully more players total as well.
Be sure to stop by Steve’s table if you’re going!
I want a signed Lili print so bad ;_;
#these two women right here #let me tell you about these two #they both believed with all their hearts that knights were chivalrous #that there really was such a thing as honour #that the villains were clearly the villains #and right from wrong was always black and white #but then real life happened #and even though they were disillusioned #and they found out life was nothing like the songs #they didn’t give up and they didn’t give in #they did not become completely demoralized or malevolent #like so many others who are subjected to the game of thrones do #bc the thing is #sansa is still gentle and kind #just now she wears her courtesy as her coat of mail and never reveals her true feelings #bc she learned what happens when you trust and believe #and brienne is still trying to be the honourable knight #but realizes she’s one of the few honest and loyal oath keepers left #and she has seen the horrific deeds other “knights” have done #but now they are no longer the naive girls they once were #and they realize there is no black and white #there is only grey #but they choose to be the good in this corrupt world
I want to make this *_*
> makimonstrous - you will be the death of me
ALARA APPRECIATION POST
justmagicthings and I just finished getting all nostalgic about Alara, so here’s some art.
“Return to Alara” is something I need in my future.
((All the yes.))
I fucking loved Alara. I only started playing towards the end of it though and I was so sad ;_;
Argyle’s Ruthelessly Draconian Event Protocols. (Or, Magic the Gathering Grand Prix Courtesy Tips.)
One of the first things I learned at my very first GP as an artist, was that anything cool, fun, or special that I did for a player echoed back through the line, then rending into time and the future itself. A chain reaction of hydra heads growing and multiplying until I was overwhelmed and consumed.
The next thing I learned, is that even the quickest and easiest things become overwhelming when multiplied thousands of times per day.
And the third thing I learned, which was actually quite difficult for me to accept, is that charging for anything but signatures is as absolutely necessary as running is if you’re hanging out with The Doctor. Stuff like sketches and alterations add significant value, and if I’m not charging, wormy opportunists come squirming out of the woodwork, with their shrill mutter of “freeeeeeee?” The line packs with people who are looking to make a quick buck flipping the stuff at the vendors or on eBay. And the folks who are actually there to have a good time, and get a souvenir of a great weekend, get screwed.
So I’ve developed a bit of a quasi-efficient engine of player oppression and disappointment. I mean, ah, rules.
These are basic things that may not occur to the bright-eyed and smiling folks on the other side of my table. Totally innocent, understandable things that are not a big deal. But again, multiply something simple, like the five seconds it takes to de-perfect-sleeve a card, and with the amount that come through my line, that adds up to a couple of hours of time wasted over the day. That’s time everyone stands in line. That’s a hundred-ish people who don’t make it through the line at all.
So, while the following may seem silly minutia, and most people figure it out on their own anyway, here are my Ten Commandments. Read, and be enlightened.
1 Thou shalt bring no more than twelve cards to the Alter of Steve at one visit. Beware the thirteenth card. Ye may visit the alter as many times as ye have the patience to endureth the Line of the Adversaries.
2 Thou shalt be fastidious in thy preparation. Thy cards shall be cast out of thy binder, thy decks, and naked of sleeve.
3 Thou shalt not interrogate upon the works of Steve. Ask ye not “Did you do this card? What about this one? List off all the cards you’ve done, by set and rarity. Can you look through my binder, deck, and longbox and just pull out and sign whatever is yours?”
4 Thou shalt have no other artist’s cards before me. I shall sign my hand to my works, but naught will I claim another’s labors. Nor will I deface their works with graven alterations.
5 If thou have an unusual request, ask, but expect not I must fulfill it.
6 Signatures are a gift of Steve. Thou shalt expect all else to command tithe from thy moneypurse.
7 Thou shalt leave nothing behind, intentionally or otherwise. ”I’ve got a round, sign these and I’ll pick them up after my game” falls upon Steve’s ears as “have some free Liliana’s and Deathrites.”
8 There shalt never be an eighth commandment.
9 Thou shalt have fun and enjoy. That is why we do this. That is what I am here for. Let not all the above frighten you hence.
10 Tips welcome.
Looking forward to seeing you all at Las Vegas GP 2013!
Steve “He That Is Called I Am An Artist. (By Loosest Definitions.)” Argyle
“If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”
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