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    (Currently:Spade King Sketches, Updated on:May.11.2011) Playing Card design W.I.P.

    Hello CA! I'm working on a set of playing card designs using some random characters I've made. I only drawn up on so far, though. I'm still pondering what kind of Layout I should use, and how things should go together. Since this is only the first in the set, I'm still very likely to change things, may it be color choice, character designs, are the style chosen in general.

    So here's the first card, what do you guy's think? Should I just move around a few things, or should I just scrap it and start from scratch? Thank you for your time in advance.

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    It's cute, she looks slightly off-kilter although I understand that as her shifting her weight - but it starts leaning too far to the right (our left) because that sword looks larger, as well.

    And this is just a completely subjective opinion, but maybe try to explore designs that complement the symbol of the card, too Not necessarily as obvious as a character with say a Diamond on its chest, but playing with the ideas of the symbols that could affect the overall silhouette (ie a Kingly whale.. bear thing or something silly for the card of Kings).
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    I really like how clean this picture is and it is well coloured!

    It is very symetrical though, which I feel is holding it back. I think an easy fix for this would be to play around with the symbol in the background. Right now its competeing with the character for focus. Maybe try fading it out, making it smaller, maybe even getting rid of it.

    I also agree with the previous post that she looks like leaning a bit too far.

    Anyways I think this has a lot of potential! Good luck! = )
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    Sorry it's taken so long to replay and thank you guys, I've been swamped with school and haven't been able to work on this for a little while.

    AestheticMachine: I've been doing some research on playing card, suits, history and other things. I'm going to use the other international suits as design motives for each character and overall suit theme. For example, Since one of the diamond suits alternates is coins, I'm probably going to use a more modern, economy driven theme. I'm still writing things down as I go, so I should have some newer stuff up later on.

    kittens: Thanks! I'm going to completely revamp this one when I get some time, the static posing and shading were bugging me in the first place, that and I wanted to redesign the character to fit a the playing card suit theme better. Really, I did this one to kick start myself so I wouldn't end up forgetting the idea like I tend to do with other stuff. I needed a direction to push myself to study the basics more. As it was, the general goal of "become a better artist" left me demotivated, as I had no clue where I wanted to go with my stuff.

    Thanks for the comments guys! I'll try to put some actual updates up later this week. I'm swamped with work right now.
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    Good Ridiculously Early Morning CA! It's that sock person again with some update of this little project of mine. No characters this time around, since I'm still sketching some ideas out, but I figured it would be a good idea to show off some Layout ideas I had. After all, it wouldn't make much sense to do 52 pictures and not have a clue how I'm going to lay each card out.

    I thank the two user who commented again. You're ideas were definitely a good help to me (There SHALL be bears!)

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    Upper left: It's too plain.

    Upper right: This is my fav, it's slick and functional, but i'd steal the number font you used in the lower right and use it on this design.

    Lower left: looks cool, but the design isn't functional. corners are used for playing cards because of the functionality, moving that information to the sidebar removes the functionality and will make the cards clinky to use.

    Lower right: Yawn...

    Keep on trucking, love the project!
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    I kind of prefer the upper left because it is simple (maybe you could add a tassel to the bottom of the black area to represent a tapestry . . or maybe that's a bad idea. )

    The upper right is nice too. . .your logo bothers me a little in that the white circles in the border are really close to the edges because of they're size, and making tangents when you squint. If they were a tad smaller it might help.

    Also, have you considered sketching your own number font to match the cute fairies? It's not as hard as it sounds. You just need to establish a consistent grid to design all the numbers (or letters) on, and think of a rule that all the numbers have to follow within that grid. (totally random made up rule examples for making a typeface: the x height of the latters should all look pudgy, and the left edges should all be straight)

    Always wanted to design a deck of cards. . .and a chess set. Looking forward to seeing it finished!
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    Progress has been going slow. The more I resaerch stuff, the more time I end up thinking about what should go on each card rather than actually doing it. I am sketching, though. Besides, I screw up the most when I try to rush into a project.

    Anyway, I took one of the face layouts from the previous update and expanded it some more. Hopefull it didn't come out too busy.

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    I updated the logo, too, and added a diamond. I'm still working on the color choices for clubs and hearts.

    (Currently:Spade King Sketches, Updated on:May.11.2011) Playing Card design W.I.P. (Currently:Spade King Sketches, Updated on:May.11.2011) Playing Card design W.I.P.
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    I like how you changed the border of the logo. I think the design would be more consistent for the diamond logo if you leave the four tiny diamonds out. White space is really important too.
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    Character Sketching 'n Stuff

    I'm just doing the Spade fairy this time around. I got some ideas for the Jokers, but I don't have anything drawn up yet.

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    After about...1...4...6 months maybe? Wow, I haven't touched this in ages. Welp, not use lamenting about it, I'm going back to work on this.

    I did/redid a few emblems. I'll get some actual drawing up soon.
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    I would add more dirt so it looks like a real card. Cards are particular because they pass thru lot of hands so get consumed
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    Two of Spades Sketch

    I'm starting to draw the pictures for the actual cards. I wanted to re-draw the Ace first, but I couldn't think of a decent composition, and I had this one tumbed out already.

    For the Spade suit, I'm going with a more organic, forested look. With an assortment of whimsical creatures and such. But, I also realize the the Spade suit represents the military class, so I was thinking about having the forest actually be the site of an abandoned battle field, with an large castle with TONS of over growth as it's head piece.

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