Author(s): Randy Martinez
Sketch cards are trading-card-sized pieces of original art, usually 2.5' X 3.5,' randomly inserted into non-sports trading card sets with themes like "Star Wars", "Indiana Jones", "Hulk", "Lord of the Rings" and the popular 1998 Marvel Creator's "Collection by Fleer". Companies typically commission them from artists in series, and the companies randomly insert them into packs of cards that fans hope to pull when purchased. It's so popular now that fans want more than the cards from packs; they want personalised sketch cards directly from their favourite artists, including many up-and-coming artists. This title includes: a history of sketch cards; step-by-step process of creating sketch cards; personalising your cards with your own designs on the back; creating a portfolio; and, selling and trading your work. It also includes profiles/case studies of different artists in sidebars throughout the book. It's easy, it's fun, and you can do it too!
Randy Martinez is a freelance illustrator and a drawing instructor at conventions, schools and conferences. He's an officially licensed artist for Lucasfilm Ltd. and has worked in production for films and television. His clients include Lucasfilm, LucasArts, Topps Trading Cards, Inkworks among many others.