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May 27, 2010

An Ace in the Pack

I've been enjoying Lesley Barnes's ongoing adventure of designing an amazing full pack of playing cards since day one, or should I say card one.

As she puts it: 'something to help me out in my attempt to give up working and become a professional card shark'.

Lesley also told me of her love for kings, queens, horses and heraldry: So doing a set of playing cards gave me the chance to indulge in these pleasures fully as I could create four warring families - the clubs, the hearts, the spades and the diamonds - each with their own creatures, characters and kingdoms.

Her sense of humour does shine through in the set as each individual card tells a little story which is embellished by her very own unique style. I also love the exclusive sketches she sent me especially to share on this post. Yes, as you might have noticed by now, i do have a slight obsession with other artists sketchbooks, I guess it gives us a great insight on how individuals think visually.












Lesley keeps a flickr set and a blog for the cards and it's ever so nice to see the set progressing weekly. So do keep checking those for updates!

+ I recently collaborated with Lesley Barnes on an animation for small children. You can see it here

8 Comments

Bruno Pavesi
Bruno Pavesi Posted May 27, 2010
I want D:

Terry Horn
Terry Horn Posted May 27, 2010
I want too...

simon wild
simon wild Posted May 28, 2010
Just lovely Lesley, so great to see your sketchbooks!! :)

Matt
Matt Posted May 28, 2010
Yay I haven't seen your sketch books before and ive known you for three years.

Lesley Barnes
Lesley Barnes Posted May 28, 2010
thanks for posting! the cards are very happy (for once)

Full Beard Posted May 29, 2010
I love this project, it's such a good idea.

I'm a sucker for a well executed series of designs, and Lesley's really managed to pull it off.

Good to see the sketches too. Really like the horse drawing/collage.

Hugo
Hugo Posted May 23, 2011
This is wild!

Roksana
Roksana Posted May 29, 2013
I like :D

 

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