52 Reasons To Love San Diego Playing Cards By Aaron Voronoff Trotter

52 Reasons To Love San Diego Playing Cards By Aaron Voronoff Trotter

ILLUSTRATED PLAYING CARDS

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This San Diego deck is saturated with watercolor pencil reflecting the sunny and adventurous heart of San Diego. Since first release in November 2010, I have distributed thousands of handcrafted, locally produced decks across the country. Originally, I started drawing Portland scenes to be made into greeting cards, postcards, calendars and coloring books. Eventually, I had sketched over 200 landmarks and neighborhood places and decided I needed a new way to showcase these illustrations. I thought of playing cards because they easily showcase 54 images (jokers too) and lend themselves to being tangible and accessible art, both in touch and price. My drawings celebrate history and place in an old-fashioned spirit that is influenced by the Renaissance etchings of Albrecht Durer and Andreas Mantegna. William Morris, Howard Pyle, and the Arts and Crafts Movement, including the Pre-Raphaelites, have inspired my sense of design. By drawing on-site, I become a participant of each location. An average sketch takes an hour and I usually pin down the initial sketch within a few tries. However, sometimes I abandon the location, defeated, maybe to return later. Once I have the initial sketch, I return to my studio to embellish and crosshatch the details using my Great-Aunt Ethel's 1910 ink pen. When the images are ready I send them to my local printer in downtown Portland. The cards are set with a suit and number border template that was originally drawn by hand. The cards are digitally printed and UV coated; they have rounded corners and are shrink wrapped in a customized die-cut box that opens like a book. Sometimes I have to remind myself that this is really not about playing cards. It's about Art. Even if you don't play them, you can still hold them in your hands and shuffle the deck. They can be arranged, displayed or framed in different ways that honor your favorite places.


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