Latest FFTCG Designs- Mono Lightning and Wind!

Hey all! The FFTCG Shirt designs just keep coming. I recently started a poll on the Final Fantasy TCG Marketplace regarding my next shirts, and the outpouring of love and inspiration was so incredible! I am having so much fun making these for players who love the game, and I hope to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

This week I finished designs for Mono Lightning and Mono Wind.

 

Both of these shirts are available on my FFTCG Community Teespring shop.

The ideas for these shirts come from the community! Are you an avid FFTCG player? Join our marketplace, and while you’re at it vote on the next shirt designs!

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FFTCG Community Merch!

This week has been wild.
Anyone who knows me, knows that my life is kind of engulfed by Final Fantasy Trading Cards, as my husband runs Cards of Ivalice and is neck-deep in card brewing, inventory, deck testing, and chit chat. So it would only make sense that I’d take my designs and market close to home!

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I designated part of my Teespring account solely for FFTCG Community Merch.

I’m SO happy with the turn out so far! As long as the players still want them, I’m going to keep designing. It’s been a good week for ideas, puns, and new designs! So far we have completed designs for Mono Ice, Mono Earth, and a community meme icon, Foil King Max. Up next will be mono lightning- and after that, we have water, fire, and wind remaining. What comes then will be up to the community!

Mother’s Day Special- New Prints!

Mother’s day is 2 weeks away! My new design is dedicated to the cause:
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The burgundy is my favorite color combination so far for this piece, but it definitely jives with any darker background. I’ve picked a couple of choice items to show off here:

 

 

You can get mama bear merch from any of my sites! Check out the links below:

Redbubble (Use code MOMSDAY)| Teespring | Society6 (Use code ART4MOM)

 

Kayla Christine Merch @ Redbubble!

Hi all! I’m really very happy to say that I have two new prints available at Redbubble.

You can get yourself a fancy shirt, new totes, stickers, notebooks, and more!

Here are a couple of my favorites:
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“Espresso Yourself” Siren Studio Bag

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“Espresso Yourself” Siren Contrast Tank

And lastly,

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An “Omens LLC” Hardcover Journal, with 3 different paper types: Ruled line, graph, and blank.

I managed to pull these designs from last year’s Inktober initiative. I’d love to move forward with this style and produce more merch if there’s an interest!

Character Sketches and the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game

This is probably the busiest time of my entire life. I’m getting married in two weeks,  and my fiance is holding his very first card tournament.
cards-sketch-siteFinal Fantasy has often been an influence in my artwork, often inspiring me during times I would be otherwise completely uninspired. I think it’s wonderful that my fiance has been able to really make a living out of something we both care about so much.

The Final Fantasy TCG really hasn’t been getting the marketing it needs or deserves. Most of the time that it’s actually promoted, we hear a clear “How did I not know this existed?”

So in case that person is you- The Final Fantasy TCG is a very real, and very good trading card game, similar in function to Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, and Yu-gi-oh. There is currently only a single distributor for the game, which is why you can’t find the cards at your local stores such as Wal-Mart or GameStop.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out my fiance’s shop:
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He is also holding his very first tournament here in Lake Mary, FL! It’s very soon (March 31st), so if you’re local and interested you should totally check it out.

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Did I mention that this is the busiest month of my life? We’re getting married the weekend after the tournament. I think my little sketch at the beginning of this post will have to do for art for just a short while.


I am curious- had any of you heard of this game before I mentioned it? If you hadn’t, is it something you’re interested in? For how massive the Final Fantasy franchise is, it boggles my mind that it’s so under the radar.

Sylphrena Above The Everstorm

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Carefree Sylphrena flies high above the Everstorm, with joyful wind spren companions.

This painting was definitely an experience, and I’m so happy that I was able to finish it!

I was inspired to paint Sylphrena after reading Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, which is the 3rd installment of his Stormlight Archive series. (Seriously, so good. Read it!)  I did the initial sketch and fell in love. I -needed- to paint this. It needed to be good.

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She seemed so perfect! Coloring her, however, revealed some inherent problems with the composition. It’s something that seemed un-fixable. In the image above, you can see that it is very divided. Each section of the drawing goes in a straight line horizontally and really breaks up the picture. I wasn’t sure that anything could be done at this point (I’d gotten pretty far into painting) without starting over.


I was extra bummed, because this was my first time using a new technique to create a color palette.  I’ve always struggled with colors, and this video made everything seem so easy and clear:


So what next? I headed to a new group I joined on Facebook and to Tumblr, and asked for help. I didn’t expect to get so much. Some strangers even went so far as to paint examples of what they were talking about. It was pretty heart-warming! I was not expecting so much help.

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What a difference in composition and color- all without changing the actual painting itself. You can see between the storm and trees that instead of a harsh cut off, the color gradients into the distance, adding some much-needed depth to the painting.  My original piece was a little too purple, and some color tweaks followed by some hardcore detailing turn what felt like a recycle-bin practice piece into something finished.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, guys. We all need it to grow!

As always, I paint for tips! If you enjoy my work, please consider supporting me on Ko-fi:

Ko-fi.com/kaylachristine 

Misa

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I tried out Sketchable this past week, and it is fantastic! I love having the freedom to draw on my tablet without my keyboard for my Photoshop keybinds.

I do find that I still need to use Photoshop for some final touches and detail work, but the app makes it easy to export PSDs and get the job done.