Monday, March 12, 2012
Ptero Poker, Part 4
When I was imagining this project, I'd already accidentally invented three of four of the suits in 2005: as a quick morning drawing, I drew a blackjack (Ace and Jack) -- the Ace of Lunes and the Jack of Tulips, with the Jack emoting a single tear. That left the fourth suit to be invented. So I started thinking of shapes. Bread is a shape.
The original Jack for this suit was very Hoyle-esque so I discarded it and drew the Jack that I subsequently redesigned as the Jack of Tears, since that better suited his Cyclopean nature. It was more or less a simple trade, since the one-eyed Jack from Tears was modified for Toast.
I include here my first version of the Four. I originally decided that it was too ornate and replaced it with something more geometric. Today I came to my senses and included the first draft.
Having the King turn out to be a baker brought me immense joy, and he and the Queen of Lunes are the only face cards portrayed in their full figures.
I chose the Ace of Toast to be the signatory Ace like the Ace of Spades is in most poker decks, so it bears the name "Ptero" and my pterodactyl logo.