Playing Cards: Process Pt. 2
From the start I knew that I wanted the face cards to be fun illustrations and I knew all the chefs would be women. The hardest part of designing them was figuring out their style. I wanted them to have a whimsical quality, but not be overly cute or childish. The more research I did lead me to be inspired by minimal illustrations from the 1950s and 1960s which are composed of geometric shapes and forms.
Next was figuring out the faces. The simple sketches I did were giving them a child-like quality which I didn’t want. I continued to simplify the facial features until I decided to eliminate them completely and use white space to determine their form. The hair and hat helps to anchor the head even though they float in space.
Ultimately it matches the minimal style of the cards with the use of white space, limited color palette and simple illustrations.
The cards have been submitted to the printer and I should have them in a few weeks!