This contest is to design and illustrate Cyr, the elder god of war, for "The Summons" – a fixed-deck fantasy card game developed by East Coast Gaming, where players build armies and wage battles on behalf of a pantheon of deities, who can be summoned by accumulating enough holy relics or accumulating enough 'faith points' before the other players can summon their deity of choice.
Note that in the game context, "Relics" are items collected by the faithful to inspire greater faith (i.e. generate 'faith points'), like idols, totems, icons, or trinkets stored in a temple reliquary or at a temple altar. "Deific Items," on the other hand, are unique items used by the deity themself (or their champion) in battle or in worship.
Final deliverables will be editable, vector based Adobe Illustrator files and renders of Cyr with his Deific Item (The "Greatsword of Cyr") and one or more of his relics (a "Cyrian Gladius") incorporated into the illustration.
The following guidelines can serve as a starting point, but contestants are encouraged to adapt the guidelines to their own unique style, so that we can get a sense of the kind of work you do for follow on 1-to-1 projects.
Cyr, God of War
• Color palette: #642821; #BC6660; #FF2417; #DFDAD8; #E4C2A2
• Story: Cyr, the god of war, once challenged the Elder Gods to a contest of arms. One by one he defeated them, until at last he came to Dethani, goddess of love. She tricked him into surrendering by promising her affection. When he laid down his arms she betrayed him and claimed victory. Cyr protested but the Elder Gods sided with Dethani - a slight Cyr has never forgotten. Though Cyr was not the instigator of the current conflicts, it was a zealous Cyrian priest that set the temple of Dethani ablaze. Some believe he was sent by Cyr himself to remind the goddess of love that he had neither forgotten nor forgiven her earlier trickery. Cyr’s strategy calls for an offensive onslaught of creatures. Assail your enemies with a high creature count and enhance their levels and possible damage to claim final victory in the name of Cyr!
• Deity: Should be depicted as a towering masculine figure, perhaps standing over a slain enemy/enemies, dressed in some armor, but not completely covered (for example: arms and/or abs showing ala “300”), and with a helmet that casts a dark shadow over his face.
• Relic: Cyrian Gladius - A polished brass sword of the greco-roman style (wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword#mediaviewer/File:Apa_Schwerter.jpg)
• Deific Item: Sword of Cyr – A primitive greatsword, clearly battle worn but not at all in disrepair, and glowing with a blood red tint.