The artwork is influenced by traditional lino/wood-cut and contour line-drawing techniques (inspired by my range of whimsical teapots).
Each suit has a distinct palette, where colour is used to connect and define. Colours shared between the palettes allows your eye to move across the cards and visually connect the deck as a whole.
THE COURT CARDS
Meet the royal characters in VIZAĜO - radiant Kings, Queens & Jacks portrayed in bold lines and vibrant colour. Clear indices are well suited to play and there is a subtle nod to familiar (standard) court faces in the direction each court character is gazing.
I had a lot of fun with VIZAĜO's four Aces! Continuing the theme of faces, each Ace is dressed in colours matching the court and number cards of its suit. The large suit symbol acts as a frame and a window to the artwork portrayed within.
The four Aces
Ace cards create a visual bridge between court and number cards, connecting the colour palette associated with each suit:
Faces in profile bring colour and detail to VIZAĜO's original custom pips, while retaining the shape of the traditional symbol. Balance and subtle symbolic meaning define the 'direction' of these faces:
- Spades look forward - towards sight & wisdom
- Diamonds look back - overseeing home & stability
- Clubs look forward - initiating innovation & action
- Hearts look back - harbouring love & emotional connection.
The two Jokers in VIZAĜO are playful and happy characters. The 'black' Joker is draped in colours matching the black suits (clubs & spades) and the 'red' Joker's attire reflects the red suits (diamonds & hearts):
COLOUR VERSIONS AND CARD BACK
The two colour versions Lumina (red) and Lumino (blue) are a name-play on light vs dark Both decks have identical card faces, giving card backs and tuck boxes their moment to shine...