bloodbath, Ph.D.
Physicist/Amateur Artist
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Terra Mala The assorted collection of concountries, concultures, and conlangs created by bloodbath.
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Ilian A semi-agglutinating language designed originally as an experiment.
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Oshaharu
Telèmor A language with a Romance base and vocabulary from everywhere.

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Fiddling with some stuff while procrastinating on writing my thesis, this time an Ilian driver's license. Happy with how it turned out.
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bloodbath, Ph.D. 2 months ago
In continuing my revisiting of old projects, I decided to re-do the design for the Telemor entry visa.
telemor_visa_2_0__redesign__by_requindes

And, because reasons, how about a pic of it in action, along with some stamps:
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bloodbath, Ph.D. a year ago
Due to a confluence of various things, I decided to start revisiting some old art projects. And by art, well, I mean banknotes. Hence, here's some preliminary output for redesigning Telemor banknotes:

telemor_100_franc_note__2018_version_by_

The big change here is I decided to have all the notes be polymer. Having a mix of paper and polymer is a bit strange, and I only know of Singapore, México, and the UK where this is the case. Plus, polymer tends to be more durable and counterfeit-resistant overall, so it seemed like a good choice (and logical one the Telemor government would take).

This also gives me practice with playing with polymer notes, and I'm more than happy to experiment and see what works in that regard. (Because reasons.)
bloodbath, Ph.D. a year ago
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More money, because OMG MONEY:
oshaharu_foreign_exchange_certificates__
This is playing around some with the Oshaharu language, though with these being more what stupid foreigners use, since the pyew can't legally be exported or converted into foreign currency. So we have some nice foreign exchange certificates (similar to Cuba's peso convertible).
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quoting Izambri, Duke, the Findible League:
quoting Hālian, Atetía @ Central Florida:
Your money is too beautiful for this world, how do you not have a job designing money irl

(Also I've been trying to design Hoennese coinage but drawing a blank as to obverse designs… doesn't help that I can't draw anything more complicated than simple geometric shapes myself, either vector or raster.)

Drawing fantasy money (coins and banknotes) is quite easy once you now where to fish textures and images and how to work with them. In the first case Rhetorica and bloodbath have already pointed out the basic places: Wikimedia Commons, OpenClipart... Doing extensive searchs through Google Images also helps a lot, especially for gradations, uncommon geometric shapes and other textures.

Then working them shouldn't be a big problem: I use Paint.NET, a free software, but more complex things like Gimp or Photoshop are also a possibility. To be honest, you really don't need something very professional, since playing with basic tools like gradient, magic wands and layers is practically all you need. The most important thing of all, in my opinion, is to have a clear idea of what you want to do, no matter if it's too close to real coins and banknotes or a more deviant design.

This is exactly what I recommend: find a good software that you're comfortable using and work with it. Paint.NET is my go-to, but nowadays I use a combination of Inkscape for lettering and some of the text effects and Paint.NET for the actual assembly. Have an idea of what you want to do, but also don't be afraid to try!


quoting Izambri, Duke, the Findible League:
The next series of banknotes (which I'll do some day...) will be more refined. And so on. It's all about trying to do it, failing at it, and repeating.

Bingo. I've been making banknotes for 10+ (!) years, and I've only gotten semi-good at it because of a lot of practice and a lot of designs that looked hideous. Took me about 5 years to get comfortable with the process, and I'm still learning new things.
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quoting Rhetorica, Kelatetía: Dis, Major Belt 1:
Try something like Public Domain Vectors or OpenClipart, especially the woodcuts section thereof. I'd be surprised (impressed, but still surprised) if Bloodbath's work is completely from scratch, particularly all the photographed bits.

I do use some line art drawings from Wikimedia Commons, mostly for the flowers (since getting good floral images is difficult), and the photographs of locations are either 90% or 100% taken by yours truly, but I do process the images myself, and all of the Moiré patterns and underprints I also do myself (except for the Guilloche patterns, which I make using an online tool. But processing the images isn't too bad: you make them generally monochrome, then you eliminate the white areas. The result can then be colored as desired.

quoting Rhetorica, Kelatetía: Dis, Major Belt 1:
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Here's an example of early Lilitic currency (with yet another new script!), a 58 mm × 23 mm × 8.3 mm metal bar (similar to a slip of gold-pressed Latinum, really.) As I've mentioned in the distant, foggy past, the Lilitai back their money directly with labour, and issue a single denomination, typically worth a day's work. These are called viglai (sg. vigla, literally "promise") and are issued by the individual who will carry out the work. The bars are cast in an alloy of lead, antimony, and tin at a central mint. The designs are made using a personal coin mold, and include the issuer's name; the molds also generally function as a sort of signet ring, or even an ink stamp, that can be worn as a pendant.

The vigla market is almost uniquely variable, and in many ways resembles a bond market. The viglai of the famous are highly prized, but so too are the viglai of the highly industrious and reliable; failing to honour an agreement paid for with vigla has obvious and serious consequences for the issuer's social credit rating. However, as viglai can always be bought back and taken out of circulation, there is also an obvious imperative to minimize risk by only issuing money in one's name when necessary—otherwise, one's rivals or enemies may end up with the power to make uncomfortable (but not unreasonable) requests.

Much has been made of defining what can fairly be asked of the issuer when redeeming a vigla, and there many laws, taboos, and etiquette pertaining to the subject. On more than one occasion, an individual's credit rating has emerged unscathed after refusing work because it was sought in bad faith, or by a pariah.

Very cool idea, and very nice design. The system's almost a bit like how banknotes somewhat traditionally worked, with trust being the main backing of the instrument. Seems a small bit impractical to issue it in day units, though...

quoting Hālian, Atetía @ Central Florida:
Your money is too beautiful for this world, how do you not have a job designing money irl

(Also I've been trying to design Hoennese coinage but drawing a blank as to obverse designs… doesn't help that I can't draw anything more complicated than simple geometric shapes myself, either vector or raster.)

Haven't had an opportunity, plus I like other things equally. (Like Science.)

As for coin designs, like Rhetorica said, art isn't necessary. Also, use inspiration from real life! There are loads of currencies out there, each of which (often) uses a different design for the coinage. That's actually one of the ways I got good at banknote design: I look at lots of banknotes issued throughout the world and use those as bases on which I design mine. For example, Ilian coins are somewhat based off the old Belgian Franc coins mixed with the pre-2008 Sterling coins. Similarly, Ilian banknotes are I think largely from Serbian dinar, Bulgarian lev, and the old Belgian franc notes.
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AboutPretend physicist, postdoctoral researcher, and amateur graphic designer.
Age29
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Originally FromHawaii, USA
LocationLuxembourg, LUX
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