Faunae (pl. fauna) are the non-human (animal) beings we share our world with. Each species is completely varied and unique, and within each species, the beings are as diverse as humans. By observing and interacting with the faunae around us, we can gain a better understanding of ourselves, the roles we each play, and our connection to all life. In this way, faunae can serve as archetypes for humanity.
This deck comes in 2 editions. The Vibrant Edition shows the vivid and bright side of nature that wishes to be seen - the sunny days, full foliage, and active faunae. The Veiled Edition represents the parts of nature that wish to remain hidden and unseen - the mystery of nature, mists, and the otherworlds that lie just beyond the veil.
- Printed by the USPCC with the same quality and attention to detail as our previous decks.
- Printed on premium USPCC cardstock
- Classic Air-Cushion Finish for ease of shuffling and optimum performance
- Custom illustrations by Jon Carraher on all of the court cards, back card, and jokers as well as custom pip illustrations for the numbered cards.
- Custom tuck with a BrainVessel seal. See stretch goals for added embellishments.
All artwork is a detailed hand painted oil painting by Jon Carraher. The following video shows a time lapse video of Jon painting the tuck illustration.
The inspiration for these decks started from my reverence for and deep connection to the natural world. The faunae throughout the deck have their own unique personalities and fall under suits and statuses that fit their behaviors. Each suit is associated with certain characteristics:
Clubs - creativity, depth, illusions, magic
Hearts - compassion, love for kin, emotions, connection to cycles
Spades - wit, intellect, sharpness, calculated
Diamonds - strength, boundaries, abundance, nurturing
The Veiled Edition represents the parts of nature that wish to remain hidden and unseen - the mystery of nature, mists, and the otherworlds that lie just beyond the veil. This deck will have a more traditional color scheme as well as a different card back and tuck.
Jon Carraher is a fantasy artist originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Jon’s creative expression began at a young age and developed into a lifelong creative passion. Jon is a self-taught artist and primarily focused on colored pencil drawings early on in his artistic career and transitioned to oil painting in 2011. Jon enjoys experimenting with different artistic media as well as creative projects such as woodworking and landscaping. Jon currently lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife Kyra and their dog, 3 cats, and various foster cats.
Jon’s oil paintings depict natural landscapes with deep atmospheric perspective, writhen, twisted trees, and mythical elements to develop a sense of ancient mystery. Jon loves spending time in nature and studies both the seen and unseen of the natural world. In his work, Jon combines his love of nature and folklore with his vivid imagination to create a beautiful presence of myth and magic.
You can see more of Jon's work at...
*Both Decks are also available in Half Brick (6 decks) and Full Brick (12 decks) Pledges
The Collectors Pledge will include all 16 Faunae Prints available. This includes the animal paintings on all twelve court cards seen above, the two paintings for the tuck boxes ( the White Fox and Deer Head), and the two joker weasels. The Wooden box that holds the prints will be done in the same style as the playing card boxes yet will have a different design as yet to be determined. We will release images of it as soon as we get them in!
These Pledges are for ORIGINAL artwork by Jon Carraher. This is the art used for the Faunae playing cards. Each one is an Oil painting on wooden board, framed and signed. The painting size of each is 8 inches by 8 inches except for the jokers which are 5 x 7".
The following are all the add-ons you can add to your pledge by increasing your pledge amount by the amount listed. You will only be able to add Add-ons to pledges of Paired Pledge ($20) or higher. After the campaign ends, we will send a pledge manager out where you will be able to confirm you pledge and add-ons.
These prints will be printed on Somerset Velvet Archival Paper and will come signed placed in a plastic sleeve with backing board for protection.
Jon's Faunae print collection will have 16 prints to choose from.
- The twelve Court card Paintings (Badger, Bear, Bee, Fox, Frog, Moth, Mouse, Owl, Rabbit, Raven, Stag, Wolf)
- The Blue Weasel and Yellow Weasel Jokers
- The White Fox Tuck painting
- The Deer Head Tuck painting
You will select your print of choice in the pledge manager that follows the campaign.
*Cards are not included. The add on price is for the BOX ONLY.
*Cards are not included. The add on price is for the BOX ONLY.
12,000 UNLOCKED - Free Stickers for every Pledge
15,000 UNLOCKED - BrainVessel Seal
19,000 UNLOCKED - Emerald Foil on Interior of Tuck Box
20,000 Stretch Goal - New Faunae Coin
I will be working on a new coin design that will be available as an add-on once we reach 20,000. For pledges that involve a coin you will be able to choose which coin you want in the pledge manager. I'll be revealing the new design the closer we get to our goal.
23,000 Stretch Goal - Natural Pearl Tuck Stock
This tuck box embellishment will really make these shine. This is the same stock we have used for our Bicycle Sea Creature Deck as well as the Master Collection. We were super happy with how those decks turned out and think this would be a perfect match for Jon Carraher's beautiful artwork as well.
??,000 - More Coming Soon
January of 2014, Brain Vessel’s first playing card campaign, the Seven Seas Playing Cards ended raising over 67k. Through that success we were able to grow as a company, expanding our office to include a shipping station and built our online store, BrainVessel.com. We have also grown as a branding and design company, using our unique skill set to re-brand and guide many local businesses in our area.
We then launched our second successful playing card campaign, the Seven Seas Master Collection in August of 2015, expanding our line of nautical themed playing card decks by five decks with more pirates and sea creatures alike. At the same time we were building a brick and mortar gallery space to showcase our products and create a space for others to showcase their talents. Since then we have expanded Brain Vessel Art Gallery and held many events showcasing a multitude of artists and talents, both local and international.
With the Artist Series we want to use our history and knowledge of Kickstarter and playing card production to bring the unique art from artists we’ve showcased in our gallery to a wider audience through playing cards. The first artist in our Artist Series was Jason Kreiger with the Bones Playing Cards. We then released a deck with artist Denyse Klette featuring the Mardi Gras and Masquerade Playing Cards.
Risks and challenges
There is always the chance for production delays concerning a project such as this, but we've taken precautions to minimize that outcome. We've learned a lot from our previous playing card campaigns, and we are very familiar with the process. We always make sure to instill quality in our products and when we do something we make sure to do it right.
All the artwork is done and sent to USPCC. Shortly after this campaign ends printing should start on the cards.
If you have any questions or issues whatsoever please don't hesitate to message us through Kickstarter and we'll be happy to address anything that might come up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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