Revelen’s Light – MTG Altered Art

Revelen’s Light is the day job of my wife Kate and myself: painting altered art on trading cards. (Almost exclusively Magic: The Gathering, but we’re always open to suggestion.) Everyday we paint a variety of cards which are then listed in our Ebay store. These range from simple basic land extensions, to all new art on some of the rarer cards out there. Take a look, you might find something you like!

However, if you’re looking for a specific alter, we are always up for commissions. You can contact us below about your desired altered art, or read through some of our most frequently asked questions:


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What's your pricing like?

This is always the first question we get asked, and the answer is… It really depends. Here’s a list of our basic rates for common styles of alter, but other options are always on the table as well, obviously!

Spidersilk ArmorSimple Pop-over – $10 (USD)
These are the simplest of alters, generally. The original art stays the same, the card border remains intact, but some portion of the art is extended outside of the frame, creating a “popping over the edge” effect.

 

Border Extension – $15/$18 Modern/Old Borders (USD)
The next tier is the border extension, turning a standard card into a card with fully extended art. The original art remains the same, we simply extend it to the edges of the card, leaving the rules text box intact. Covering the name box at the top is an option.

 

PlainsInterior Extension – $20 (USD)
There’s also the possibility of the interior extension for Modern Bordered Cards, painting the original art down across the rules text box, creating a central, full art panel, while leaving the original borders of the card.

 

Full Extension – $25 (USD)
Here, we are again, simply extending the original art, but this time across the entire card, covering the rules text box. Again, either leaving the name box or covering it is possible, your choice. These are most common with basic lands, given the lack of rules text.

 

New Art – $45 (USD)
At this rate we paint completely new art within the normal art area of the card, leaving the original frame and text box uncovered.

 

 

Extended New Art – $50 (USD)
At this rate we paint completely new art extended to the edges of the card, leaving the rules text box uncovered.

 

 

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New Full Art – $55 (USD)
Here, we are painting entirely new art, covering the whole card, including the rules text box. It’s usually a good idea to leave at least the name of the card, mana cost, and P/T visible, if you plan to play in any but the most casual of games, but the final choice is of course yours!

 

smpl-flip-cardsDouble-Sided Cards
Perhaps obviously, altering a double-faced (flip) card counts as one alter per side. For example, if you wanted a border extension done on both faces, that’s a total of two border extensions.

 

About Foils
Foils take a loooong time, but they are fun to paint, make no mistake! Foils take a bit longer than regular cards, as there’s a lot of careful layering and waiting for paint to fully dry that isn’t necessary on a regular card. Also, not everything that’s possible on a regular card is possible with foil, but give us a shout if you’d like to talk about possibilities!


Do you swap for cards?

We have in the past swapped for cards, but lately it just hasn’t been possible for us to keep up with all of the commissions coming in and paint up swapped cards for Ebay, so unfortunately we’re avoiding swapping cards for alters for the time being.


Do I send you the cards, or...?

Generally, yes, but we’re open to whatever is easiest for you. If you currently have the card or cards you want altered, you can send them to us, we’ll alter them and send them back. If you don’t have the cards, you can either buy them and send them to us, or buy them online and have them delivered directly to us.

Basic Lands
The one exception is sometimes basic lands. Altering the basic lands for someone’s deck is something we get very frequent requests for. If you have specific arts and editions, then yes, you still need to send us the cards you want, but if you just want something general like, for example “6 Islands and 7 Swamps with assorted art,” then we’re perfectly happy to pick you some good ones out of our collection, double-check with you, and paint them up.


How long does it take?

It really depends. We put priority on commissions over our Ebay auction alters, however, we do end up always have several commissions going at a time. Ideally, we start painting the day the cards you send us arrive, but depending on what else is on our plate, it can be longer. When you contact us about alters, we’ll let you know if we’ve got a pile of commissions ahead of you in the list!

Generally speaking though, for commissions of a few cards, you can expect us to have finished within a week of getting our hands on the cards. As soon as we’re done, we’ll send you some images to check out, and then send them on their merry way.


Do you do bulk commissions?

Yup! There’s no real limit on the size of your order, but depending on what other commissions we have going, truly large orders may end up taking a back seat to someone who only wants one or two simple alters.

How and when should I pay for these?

When you decide to commission something from us, we can just send a simple Paypal invoice to your paypal-associated email.


So, a Basic Land costs as much as a Mythic Rare?? Huh?

Yeah, counter-intuitive though this may seem. The thing is, we’re not selling the card, we’re selling the painting. Our paint costs the same going on a basic land as on some collector’s piece gem. We take just as much care with both cards, both cards are just as time-consuming to paint…

So yes, fancy rare cards are just as cheap to alter as lowly lands and bulk commons, and vice versa.

Are altered cards allowed in tournaments?

Technically yes, but it’s really all up to the judge. The upshot is that, with most alters, you’re probably fine at FNM, I wouldn’t bring them to the Pro-Tour, for everything else, check with the judge first! Here are the official rules:

Latest DCI Policy on Tournament Legality:
MAGIC: THE GATHERING® TOURNAMENT RULES
Effective July 1, 2009
Section 3.3 Authorized Cards:

Artistic modifications are acceptable in sanctioned tournaments, provided that the modifications do not make the card art unrecognizable, contain substantial strategic advice, or contain offensive images. Artistic modifications also may not obstruct or change the mana cost or name of the card.

The Head Judge is the final authority on acceptable cards for a tournament