A pack of ace illustrators
52Aces is a pack of playing cards, each one sporting a design by a different illustrator. The really great thing about it is that mostly it avoids the 'usual suspects' and has introduced us to some image makers we weren't hereto familiar with...
Without further ado, here's a selection of cards that caught our eye and links to the portfolio sites of the artists that created them:
Polish artist Roman Klonek is a fan of the woodcut. See more of his work at klonek.de
The four of diamonds is illustrated by Cape Town resident Bia van Deventer
Tel Aviv-based artist Jonathan Lax, aka YONIL, illustrated the "six of 'mother f**kin' clubs"
Pale Horse (from Tampa Bay, Florida) created this Chinese Dragon-inspired piece
Based in Berlin, illustrative duo Attila Szamosi and Lars Wunderlich are collaboratively known as Peachbeach
The nine of clubs was illustrated by London-based illustrator Helen Lang
And the nine of spades was designed by Chinese designer and illustrator Nod Young
Illustrating the Ace of Spades fell to British artist Pete Fowler of monsterism.net - one of the few illustrators in the pack who's work we were already familiar with
The pack is actually the second in an ongoing series created by design publisher Zeixs in collaboration with Mannheim-based design studio 12ender. It has been produced in an edition of 999, comes packaged in a tin box as shown above and is priced at €28. Find it (and see all of the card designs) at 52aces.zeixs.com.
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I need a pack of YONIL cards. Attitude, Style and creativity rolled into one playing card! Don't think a regular game of poker would go down to well with these though...
Love the Jack of Diamonds. THe back of the card is sweet aswell. Some great inspiration here.
Great visually but totally impractical as a design concept. I mean how could you PLAY a game with them?
Oomph! love these cards, always good to see a classic design with a killer twist. An awesome illustrative line-up to boot and maybe a few contenders for our guest designer spot! I do agree with John though, can you imagine after a few beers!
In Brazil, a custom T-shirt shop does something similar: Projeto 54 http://migre.me/95Vd1
(the box is amazing!)
These are simply remarkable aren't they, i really find it hard to understand how you can become so good at illustration, sadly this is a skill that i do not have however much i wish. My personal favorite is that of pale house, the illustration is second to none, i have actually bin googling for tutorials on how to do these types of illustrations, hopefully in a few years you may feature my work.
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