This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Sharpie Sunday

Posted by ANDY aka GHoooSTS
This week, it’s a triple feature for Sharpie Sunday, so we have two winners and one Giant Shark. I’ll explain each card’s process, since it’s exhaustive, and show you what you can do with a simple sharpie to spice up your cards.

First up, a Giant Shark. I’m starting to worry I’m going to run out of them.

There’s a few jokes here which most people won’t get but I only care about my own amusement, so I put them in. The wonderful thing Giant Shark for a sharpie alter is that it’s not a busy card, with lots of open space. It’s also not a dark card. A card with dark art means your sharpie bits are less likely to stand out and be noticed, which defeats the purpose. Because of this, red and black cards tend to be harder to alter. Giant Shark is perfect. There’s a big shark on it which is probably your focus, but you can just also work the space around it. There’s also lots of clean space for text bubbles. More open areas gives you more freedom. I’ve altered almost 50 Giant Sharks at this point and they’re all different, because the card allows flexibility.

Next up is a classic proposed by my man MM0GG. Some would argue it’s kind of lame to pick this one to alter and send out, but those people are assholes so who cares what they think?

Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician is a card some of you might know of. I’ll let you in on a secret: it’s awesome at most things, but not really at being sharpie altered. The issue is that Ib himself takes up most of the picture, and he’s dark. Your sharpied bits won’t stand out on him, so you can’t customize him all that much. There’s only a little bit of non-filled space, and even those goblins in the background are kind of hard to make out clearly. When a card’s art has such a clearly-defined focus, it’s hard to add your own or alter the original artist’s vision. Additionally, Ib is already pretty funny-looking so there’s only so much you can do to try and improve on a classic.

That said, this is a re-creation of an alter I sent out already to a winner of one of the Super Secret Mystery Prizes during Gifts Given, but I liked it enough that I wanted to do it again.

The next card goes hand-in-hand with Ib, so I figured it only made sense to piggyback. Suggested by lordfrezon, it’s a cornerstone of red:

Personally, I like Ruination’s art a lot already (I like to imagine the beam from the sky is actually just me re-entering the atmosphere after a ballin’ sojourn), but it’s not bad for an alter either. Again, it’s a bit dark but at least there’s space for words. For this one, I figured I could just make a comment on the card’s (much-hated) place in a healthy Commander ecosystem; laying waste to the expensive, broken lands of boring, generic decks. I also figured the flavor text was a bit too fantasy/lame so I gave Ib a cameo. Flavour text is a powerful tool in a sharpie madman’s arsenal, and can add a nice little twist or finisher onto a card.

That’s it for this week! For the winners, e-mail me your address so I can ship you the prizes. Leave suggestions for next week in the comments!

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