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    Need help with my next deck of cards.

    I made a succesfull project on kickstarter. Here s the link -> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...-playing-cards
    However I am working on a new deck, and me and my friend are artisticall stumped there is just something... missing about this deck, there are two colors gold and silver. The decks will be using metallic inks when they print so imagine shiny!



    I was hoping you people on concept art could help me out, I want to go for the classy look and theres nothing more classy than a smoking monkey! I was also thinking of something a bit simpler like this...

    Please help! Its a only a little bit away from being a success I can feel it!

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    Hmm, I donít know. The card feels kind of empty with disconnected gorilla heads. If I were doing these cards, I would look into the nouveau art ideas and try to make the whole card a work of art instead of just having artistic monkeys painted on it. The heads at least need to look like they belong where they are.

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    See the problem is, I want to design this deck for poker players. Which means simplicity in design. I wanted a classy background with a simple design and with our small emblem on them. Maybe we can make the monkey heads look more like an emblem of sorts? Like maybe put a sheild around the head or something... Well other than that half baked idea im stumped.

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    I think it would be more aesthetically appealing if you lost the form in the gorilla's face, and went for a completely graphic style. You mention art nouveau. You might want to do a bit of research into the style. That could make for some great design elements... but when you do the research, notice how graphic the style is.

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    What cards are these supposed to be? Or are you going to add stuff like crowns etc later? Like they are now, it's impossible for me to tell what cards they are supposed to be just based on the image.

    Also I agree with David, they are just too empty, especially since the heads have been rendered more naturally, which just accents the flatness and emptiness on the background for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBird View Post
    What cards are these supposed to be? Or are you going to add stuff like crowns etc later? Like they are now, it's impossible for me to tell what cards they are supposed to be just based on the image.

    Also I agree with David, they are just too empty, especially since the heads have been rendered more naturally, which just accents the flatness and emptiness on the background for me.
    They are the double faced, back of a poker deck. But what youve said makes sense, however if I gave the ape a flatter look, what should I do with the rest of the bacground? Keep the basic diamond pattern?

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    you might also try something like this...

    they have patterns like this which interweave the pattern going both ways, so it would be the same if you turned it up or down.

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    heres is another design what you guys think. Im thinking I need to put the monkeys back in, I thoought it would look better without the ape heads.

    Also here are some character sketches for the court faces



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    heres an idea for the back

    Just dont know how the monkies would fit in, or do they need to be their?

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    Just a thought, but you could use the type of pattern thing youíve got going on in this latest image, but instead of just having an abstract pattern you could hide the monkey in it somewhere as part of the pattern. That just came to mind because I'm kind of seeing a Chinese dragon in the current pattern.

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    well here is the same back again, but I added some 3d leather type stuff in the back

    Also here are some other concepts.

    What do you guys think!?

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    well they have been devloping great, what you guys think this time?


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    They still have very poorly balanced design. Get someone with a knack for composition on the team.

    Stylistically, the combination of clean graphics and amateurishly shaded gorilla head still does not work. Decide on a consistent style and render your images in that style; don't be tempted to reuse what you have got on hand, it seldom works like that.

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    my respect to you ))

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    ok so what you guy think about this


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    Better, but still not quite "there". Make it more stylistically cohesive; try to not use pure gray; careful of putting lines too closely to other design elements.

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