This collection of awesome playing cards was created by a selection of 55 international artists known for their distinct style and technique. This particular set is Edition Two, other editions include; Zero, One, Three and Special.
Playing Arts is a collective art project where designers and illustrators from all over the world express their vision of an ordinary playing card using personal styles, techniques, and imagination.
Oscar Ramos – I always see the number 3 as a triangle, and when I received the assign – the 3 of hearts – was pretty obvious to me make a kind of love triangle, and a love triangle is always a little conflictive and sometimes bizarre.
Mikey Burton – Club sandwiches are the fanciest of sandwiches because they not only have frilly toothpicks but also 3 slices of bread. The 5 of clubs is an elite inner circle of that club, and the sandwiches contain even more pomp and circumstance.
Zutto – On the one hand, this’s the road among the hills and future-looking landscape, on the other hand, this’s the infinity sign. So basically I’d describe it as the metaphor of endless journey :)
Kerby Rosanes – To be honest, designing a ’high’ card is a bit of a challenge to me. I wanted to design a reversible card and the illustration can stand on its own without looking at the given pictograms showing what card it is.
Peter Donnelly – Perched high on the Dublin mountains lies The Hellfire Club, an 18th-century hunting lodge with an infamous history of outrageous behavior and depravity. Accounts of the club’s meetings claim that members drank “scaltheen”, a mixture of whiskey and hot butter…
Joshua Davis – I knew if I got the Ace – I’d use an “A” with the knockout of the “A” having the diamond shape. The “A” would be subtle… with Triangle and Diamonds tearing apart. My style is abstraction… and I’m super happy with the texture and atmosphere my card turned into.
To see the other sets of playing cards be sure to check out the Playing Arts website.