For an artist, there is no limit to what you can create, what tools you can use and what subject matter you can portray. Whilst there are certain styles that are more conventional and considered traditional, like paint to canvas or ink on paper, the possibilities of how to create and exhibit your art are endless, with more unconventional styles being lauded.
A trend among some of the top illustrators around the world is to fuse convention with unique, by creating original designs for classic playing cards.
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We’re all familiar with the standard motifs of playing cards: the four different suits, hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs, the joker cards, aces and the Jack, Queen and King. But these are playing cards like you’ve never seen them before.
The illustrators that we have featured below rethink the traditional iconography of playing cards, and inject their personal, artistic style into the design, and the results are epic. From careful, precise illustrations inspired by mathematics, to minimalist, neutral colours. From floral paintings, to famous singers.
Our talented illustrators prove that, with custom playing cards, nothing is off limits, as they strive to usurp the classic, card design and make it their own.
NFT Playing Cards Collective Art Project by Huntlancer
Math Playing Cards by Diana Stanciulescu, Romania
Meadowlark Playing Cards Deck by Russ Gray, USA
Deck of Cards Design by Stefia Nissi Mulia, Indonesia
Chinese Dynasties Poker Playing Cards by Fabian Hung, Taiwan
The Illusionist Playing Cards Concept by Peter Voth, Germany
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Custom Bicycle playing cards by Raul Urias, Mexico
Into the Weird Playing Cards by Jenny Gebhardt, Germany
Hipsteria Minimalist Playing Cards by Slava Shestopalov, Ukraine
High Victorian Playing Cards by Joe White, UK
Messymod Playing Cards by TRÜF Creative, USA
Iron Spades & Iron Clays 200 by Chad Michael, USA
Playing Cards by Junaida, Japan
Stranger Things Playing Cards by Lyss Rachele Engel, USA
Vineyard Designed Playing Cards by Luks Piekut, Poland
Flora Magica by Aitch, Romania
Flourish by Rosette Heights, USA
Nathan Love Playing Cards by Tim Probert, USA
Playing cards by Ludmila Sheviakova, USA
POP Divas Playing Cards by Ramon Vahos, Australia
Colorful Playing Cards by Camila Rosa, Brazil
Brosmind Bicycle Deck by Juan and Alejandro Mingarro, Spain
Fair Play by Sarah Elly, USA
Illustrated Playing Cards by Yinfan Huang, USA
Whimsical Playing Arts by Oksal Yesilok, Turkey
Playing Cards by Anastasiya Khoroshilova, Russia
Playing Arts Custom Playing Cards Deck by 55 Selected International Artists
With our illustrators’ custom playing cards there is a design for everyone. There are vibrant cartoons for younger players and politically charged feminist designs for all the poker playing activists out there. Our featured artists are ready and available to be contacted for work, so drop them a message and get your hands on your own original playing card pack.
Hi Niamh, my name is Gevorg. You did a great job. Thumbs up for the post. I would like to own a license for the “Meadowlark Playing Cards Deck by Russ Gray, USA”. How can I do that?
NIAMH TAIT You did a really hard and respectful job. Thanks for that.
One question please. Can I get the svg (or any other format) version of any of these decks? And how much will that cost?
Thanks for this post, great work!