Playing Card Project
To illustrate a playing card every week throughout 2015 and have the deck of cards printed at the end of the year.
2 boxes of blue Staedtler pencils
1 very tired pencil sharpener
Copic 70gsm marker paper
1 crate of Fisherman's Friend lozenges
4 Edding 8400 marker pens
3 Staedtler Noris erasers
Wacom Intuos Pro Medium graphics tablet
I illustrated a playing card every week throughout 2015, and at the end of the year I was left with enough to make an entire deck. The cards were then shrunk down and carefully fed into my computer, where they were digitally coloured with a very reluctant Wacom graphics tablet. Once they were full of colours and big dreams, I set about having them produced and started searching for the right company to handle the printing. Having #GoFishFriday manufactured locally was important to me, so I worked with a UK based print specialist to transform my stack of drawings into a limited edition run of 2000 decks of playing cards. Once all of the print files had been signed off, the #GoFishFriday deck started rolling off the factory press, packaged neatly in a carefully designed tuck box with four colour variations.
The finished decks turned out far more magnificent than I could have imagined, and once I had finished rolling about in them I created a website to showcase them and allow people to purchase decks of cards and limited edition A3 art prints. Since the decks were printed, they have appeared in a handful of renowned publications such as FUSED Magazine, the Design Juices Blog and Will Paterson’s design show Creative Bar.
Visit www.gofishfriday.co.uk to purchase a deck of cards and learn more about the #GoFishFriday deck!
Once they were full of colours and big dreams, I set about having them produced and started searching for the right company to handle the printing.