Artist's Back to Basics

“Drawing Playing Cards- part 2”

Nowadays all of a sudden there seems to be a whole world of newly designed playing cards out there, the scene has changed hugely since I began doing it only a short decade ago (before things like social media, crowd funding, and custom deck programs at card manufacturers changed everything forever). As usual I can only describe the whys and wherefores of my own experiences though (figure 1) so away we go......

Design Foundation

You can’t draw anything without having some kind of a reference. That can just as easily be an ‘idea in progress’ in your head as an actual reference image printed on photo paper, or a mixture of both . But no matter what the source of inspiration, the fact I would be using lines, shapes, colours and symbols in

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• Brushes – Select the right size and type of brush for what it is you are painting. Filberts are good for general brushwork and for softening edges. I often use them in portraiture and still life painting. Flat brushes are useful in achieving a bold