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The Deck of Hazards

Part passion project and part senior thesis, I embarked on the journey of creating a fully illustrated "Deck of Hazards" in December of 2021. Originally, I had planned for a simpler set of imagery, almost tarot-like in its simplicity. I eventually decided against that process in favor of a style that felt more true to my work.

 

While only two finished pieces are displayed here, I have done a massive amount of concept work and planning for this project. Underneath the three finished cards is a gallery of all the concept art and works in progress I've done for this project so far!

As it stands, this deck is set to be launched around December 2022, or early 2023. The project is being funded via the platform Patreon, where pledged patrons get early access to sketches and process work as the project progresses. This project contains Open Game Content.

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Moon

"You are granted the ability to cast the wish spell 1d3 times."

This piece has been my favorite so far to create. The piece went through a lot of revisions before reaching this composition. It was one of the first cards I sketched out as well!

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Throne

"You gain proficiency in the Persuasion skill, and you double your Proficiency Bonus on checks made with that skill. In addition, you gain rightful ownership of a small keep somewhere in the world. However, the keep is currently in the hands of Monsters, which you must clear out before you can claim the keep as yours."

Out of every card, this one has gone relatively smoothly from int's initial stages. The composition and imagery is almost exactly how it appeared in the sketch phases.

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Key

"A rare or rarer Magic Weapon with which you are proficient appears in your hands. The DM chooses the weapon."

This piece has been the biggest challenge so far, between the inclusion of metal and fabric textures.

Preliminary Works

Queue, sketches, and works in progress

This section contains all of the current final designs that are in progress, and soon to be brought to color. This section is organized by card, from the earliest to the most current designs. All work was done this semester as part of my senior thesis.

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