My new deck of playing cards is growing with the fourth suit starting to take shape.  Time for the Jack and Queen of Spades to make their entrance … The spades are defined by a palette, which moves through shades of blue. To me, this palette brings a sense of clarity to the characters, alluding to the element Air, and wisdom associated with the cards.

Line Drawings – the Royal Spades

Pen & ink drawings - The Royal suit of Spades
Pen & ink drawings – The Royal suit of Spades

I’ve played around with two colour versions for the ‘floating spades’ within the artwork: dark vs light. Still not sure which one I’ll end up going with. My concern is that black spades on dark blue may ‘disappear’ too much in printing, but if the black/blue combination is printable I think it is my preferred one – what do you think?

Jack of Spades – Two Versions

Jack of Spades in colour - with light blue spades in the artwork
Jack of Spades in colour – with light blue spades in the artwork
Jack of Spades in colour - with black spades in the artwork
Jack of Spades in colour – with black spades in the artwork

Queen of Spades – Two Versions

Queen of Spades in colour - with light blue spades in the artwork
Queen of Spades in colour – with light blue spades in the artwork
Queen of Spades in colour - with black spades in the artwork
Queen of Spades in colour – with black spades in the artwork

Coming soon: The King of Spades …

Thank you for visiting and take care!
Annette :)

 

Annette

Art to me, is as much about understanding life and its mysteries, as it is about telling stories to connect with the world ...

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    I think I prefer the light-blue spades (it is a similar situation to the diamonds). Beautiful artwork.

    1. Annette

      Wow, thank you – I’ve had several people say they prefer the light blue spades and yes, I think after a few tweaks to the Queen (update to follow), light-blue it is :)

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