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Almost time to go

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Happy New Year to you!   Wow what a year.

For quite a few months now I’ve been working on the Origins. I’ve learned a lot about the history of cards. I’ve learned a lot about the card industry. I’ve been introduced to a passionate community and come to know a lot of amazingly talented people. Artists, Cardists, Magicians, Collectors. And I’m almost ready to share my own small project with people around the world on Kickstarter.

It would be true to say I would never have had this opportunity without a place like Kickstarter. The figures for producing these decks boggle my mind. I’m a dad with three amazing young boys. Like any parent I pinch pennies and watch the power bill. Like any parent I wish I could give them more. I’ve spent more than I should have obtaining images of the historic art so I can see the detail, and share it in my project. To be talking figures in the tens of thousands with the likes of the United States Playing Card Company? Not in my wildest dreams.

And yet, with the amazing support of people, like you, I can almost.. almost.. see the Origins on the press. It’s a gamble after so much time spent on this project. And it’s hard to feel this project is all my own. I’ve taken inspiration from beautiful historic art and inspiration from the people who have offered feedback. I feel very humbled and so very lucky to have such an opportunity. Will the project be funded, I don’t know. Will supporters in the States back a non-US dollar project?  In around 2 weeks I’ll soon know. But what a ride. Thank you.

Here’s a nice article by Max at Max Playing Cards.

And the video promo for the decks –
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As a side, the whole project has been documented – and updates continue – on two great forums, from the day I posted my first ideas to Dribbble, a design forum.

You can follow along at United Cardists and The Discourse

Limited edition prints, online store

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I’ve been very busy recently working on the fine details in the Origins artwork and the upcoming campaign.  A lot to cover – from researching historical cards through various archives and museums, to promotional videos, to how much shipping will cost for the variety of shapes and sizes I have planned.

But in the process I’ve had the pleasure of sending out my first batch of limited edition prints, and now have an online store for the site.  I hope that the store will soon be packed full of high quality goodies but I’m christening it with the early release of the art sets.  There are only 80 sets total, 40 on white gloss stock, and 40 on premium quality recycled art stock, all hand signed and numbered.  Each set comes in a handmade folder, also signed.  Proceeds will help me with the promotional push and launch of the Origins card campaign.



My creative space

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I thought I’d post a little on where and how I work.  This is my creative space, general tools of the trade.  I use a Wacom Intuos tablet for most of my art.  Two screens, one for work, the other for general stuff, emails, facebook 😉

When I work I love to have good music going that fits the piece I’m working on.  Right now I’m listening to soundtracks with an epic feel.  Hans Zimmer features heavily, I love his work.  Believe it or not, my favourite albums running on Spotify without bias are Batman Begins, Gladiator and Inception.  All by Hans, legendary.

Having work on my wall keeps me focused, and when I take a break allows me to run a critical eye over things.  If I’m not annoyed by a detail, it’s a pass.

Right now I’m working on the Jack of Hearts, close to my last face card!  Very excited.  I have a range of historic cards on screen while I work and my goal is to produce a modern card with the same essential elements.  A lot of research, back and forth.  Some cards I’ve completely redone as I refine the concept and style.

Once I’ve finished the face card set, I’ll be going through again and adding detail and making sure they all fit into the same family.  It’s a huge amount of work as I make sure all line widths are the same and styles match.  But very rewarding.  I can’t wait to see the deck come to life.

More soon.