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Rough Command Seals

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Alright, I'm actually working on a bunch of Fate OCs at the minute, so I figured I'd try my hand at creating some Command Seals. I didn't want to take up space making a thread for what will inevitably be a handful of crappy drawings, so that's why this isn't in the Fan art thread.

http://imgur.com/owbNetU

Alright, here's the first one. Since Command Seals tend to reflect the master in various ways, this one is made with the principle that that magus in question is a Necromancer. As such I went for a very minimalist skull design. I wish I could have done it neater, but I've only really got MS paint here, and I'm not very good with it, though honestly the more roughly hewn sides I think give a nice feel to the design, even if it's not the norm for Command Seals.

http://imgur.com/3QBZT4F

This one I decided to try and make better use of the shape tools, and with the guiding idea that this was made for an Alchemist, I of course decided to put it together using Alchemic symbols. The circle with the line through it represents salt, which is basic matter in alchemy, the triangle with the cross coming out of it is supposed to represent the omnipresent spirit of life and finally, the downward facing triangle represents water, in this case both an absolute necessity of life, and the element of the master in question.

I know they aren't very good, but figured I'd show people my brief labours in the pursuit of art and see what they thought of the thought process behind these two.
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  1. Strange_One's Avatar
    Rather than their chosen field I'd gotten the impression that they were more representative of of their fundamental spirit or character.
  2. Hawkeye's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hen_Ichi
    Rather than their chosen field I'd gotten the impression that they were more representative of of their fundamental spirit or character.
    Hmm, true, course I haven't really delved that deep into these characters yet, so I'll have to think on this more. Mind you, there are certain stylistic similarities between family members, even when their given nature varies quite drastically.

    Like Julius and Leo's command seals both look like crowns, despite Julius not having that kingly air the Leo has.

    Similarly all the Matou, even Sakura have an interesting sort of triskelion thing going on.

    I definitely have to think on this more. Thanks Hen Ichi.
  3. Seika's Avatar
    Do you have motifs for the Command Seal designs? <Shido Kei>

    Nasu: We're straining to make something that matches the characters' inner characteristics.
    Takeuchi: With few exceptions, our basic rule of thumb is to have something that symbolizes the traits of the magecraft of the Masters. Shirou's is a sharp sword. Rin's has a circle in the center to depict harmony, which is also the first image we had thought of.
    I'd swear this had been answered before, and that I'd hunted it down because I remembered it back then but couldn't find a source. In any case, this is the latest answer.
  4. Arashi_Leonhart's Avatar
    The only important original command spell you'll ever need.

  5. Rafflesiac's Avatar
    You should get GIMP; it's basically free Photoshop.
  6. Hawkeye's Avatar
    @Arashi: That's very interesting....

    https://youtu.be/JAM7QO5NFi4?t=2s

    @Rafflesiac: I got Photoscape, but I admit it's not very good. I'll look into GIMP.
  7. Seika's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Arashi_Leonhart
    The only important original command spell you'll ever need.
    Livejournal, hm?
  8. Haseo Nanaya's Avatar
    I have a whole bunch of drawings that could probably be used for command seals am/or magic crests. But finding them would involve opening my closet door, which is something I'm not prepared for.

    Edit: I'm a Photoshop master. I tooke about 3 years of it.
    Updated May 17th, 2015 at 07:31 PM by Haseo Nanaya
  9. Arashi_Leonhart's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seika
    Livejournal, hm?
    For a couple years there I paid money for it as it was the primary mode by which I kept up with some friends, so I am getting my money's worth by using it as a picture host while I can.
  10. Christemo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rafflesiac
    You should get GIMP; it's basically free Photoshop.
    Or he could just you know torrent Photoshop