Front and Back: Dragons were inked in Illustrator with "charcoal" brushes found off the internet to create more of a subtle sketch quality, then brought into Photoshop with the same swirl pattern to relate to the front design. They are based on some quick thumbnails of dragons that I had drawn here and there. This concept for the back was a suggestion from my old art director, Sergio Lobato. Up until then, I had not even considered a back side of the card. The front will be gloss (to enhance the colors and impact); the back matte.
I have always loved poster art and this design is like a mini poster, in the tradition of poster art before PS completely took over, and imagination, composition, and color was kicked by the wayside.