Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Seven of Diamonds

Back in 2008, one of the Friday Coloring Book crew commissioned a poker deck. Drawing from the considerable talent that hung out on LiveJournal in those days, he assigned one card to each artist. Mine was the Seven of Diamonds.

I built the graphic elements in Illustrator and repurposed an old Microsoft Paint drawing of paisleys. Originally, I tried other backgrounds including a photograph of an older skyscraper that I took one day while on a photo safari, and Picasso's Guernica. Ultimately, I decided to use the paisleys, but for this presentation, I desaturated the color so the diamonds would pop more.

I found these collaborative projects to ba a lot of fun, and the end result was pretty spectacular. I found it interesting how so many artists with so many styles could produce unique work and still have it be unified just because of the imposed structure of a playing card. If I knew 54 artists right now, I'd commission a new poker deck immediately.

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