I am a digital illustrator based in the North West of England. I have lots of experience with games design and it has been a lifelong dream of mine to create my own illustrated playing card deck.
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The very first Fishing For Compliments deck:
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the theme focuses on fish that thrive in fresh water and rivers. FOC features a series of beautifully illustrated aquatic characters that complete the range of prize catches. I like to picture two friends fishing having a quick game of go fish with these....
I really enjoy developing visual ranges and so for my deck design I wanted to choose a thematic system that could lie behind the design. For my first pack I chose the title Fishing For Compliments because I knew I wanted to be indulgent with the visual style for each card and create a really beautiful piece of artwork.
As the title is Fishing for Compliments I wanted my first pack to be a celebration of the prize breeds of freshwater fish. I lay the fish out in a symmetrical fashion so the card can be read from anyway up to preserve the anonymity of the cards.
The benefit of this particular design is that it reflects the shape of the symbol for Pisces. The card backs have this unique design which uses the fish logo from the front of the box. Each deck will have a different back design colour scheme and tuck box.
TUCK BOX DESIGN:
The overall style of the cards converges art deco with bold vector art to create a unique and classic looking deck. I have many more ideas for future decks which continue this unique style with other topical themes. I would love it if you could help me transform this design into a range of cards that I can reward you with.
Here are impressions of how the deck will look. The indices are vertical and right in the corner to ensure the deck can be fanned or "squeezed".
I chose the fish hook design for the aces as it is easy to sculpt into lettering. Its really symbolic imagery for the card game as players try to reel each other in.
The Joker card uses an old boot design and I've decided to keep the corners plain red and black. A keen member of unitedcardists.com mentioned that this is very useful if you should lose a card you can use some white marker/ Tip-ex to fill in this space with the missing cards value, a spare tyre of sorts.
This is just the beginning of a growing range of this style of cards. I already have titles for the following ranges but will maintain the surprise for my next project. A great deal of thought has gone into the creation of these images to ensure they appeal to a varied audience.
The cards will be 63x89mm, printed by LEGENDS PLAYING CARD COMPANY.
LIMITED PRINT RUN:
The Fishing For Compliments deck will only be printed once as it is my intention to get started on a new deck immediately. Depending on the demand at the end of the campaign, I will print a minimum of 1000 decks.
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Please include a personal message letting me know that you require an uncut sheet should you decide to go for one...
All shipping will be handled by Hong Kong fulfilment centre by Legends staff. This allows me to offer free shipping internationally.
POSSIBLE STRETCH GOALS:
If we break the $6,500 pledge barrier I will be able to emboss the detail on the front of the Tuck Box.
- £6,500 - Antique SIlver FInish embossed coin
- £7,700 - Embossed Tuck Box on pearlescent speciality paper
ANTIQUE SILVER FINISH - DOUBLE SIDED COLLECTOR COIN -
Pledge an additional £11 to obtain one of these beautiful collector coins and send a private message along with this letting me know you require a coin...
Any funding over this will just go into increasing the value of the product, if I get to a point where I can't possibly make the box / cards any better I will be able to print more decks but my priority over volume will be quality of the deck and tuck box.
CARD BACK MOTION USING TEST DECK FROM MPC -
Not legends quality but good to demo.
SPECIAL OFFERS: Personalised Portrait Design Poster.
I have offered limited edition printed posters and designs as rewards and add ons, including the chance to have your portrait worked into one of these detailed card designs.
EARLY MOCK UPS: MY PROCESS...
IDEAS FOR THE FUTURE:
Once I have a larger range of cards, I would love to publish an illustrated book containing all my designs and information about the process to help future card game designers see how I conducted the process. But this is for the future of course.
I would like to thank all my fishing consultants who helped me to be accurate in my portrayal of the different breeds of fish. To my friends who helped me dream up so many card deck titles for future work and those who supported me in the process of creating my first deck.
And finally thank you so much for your help and support in getting this deck printed and into the palms of your hands.
Risks and challenges
The main risk is always a potential delay in delivering the rewards. My planning should guarantee punctual delivery, and the art work has already been checked by the printer. In any case I'll keep everyone updated.
For the larger backers that require their portrait designed it is important that you supply a photo as soon as possible to ensure punctual delivery of the finished printed illustrations.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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