The Artist Playing Card




Problem: You will create a face card that is based on the style of a well known visual artist, chosen by you. The card will include objects that you find within the work of the artist, combining them to create the elements of a playing card.The elements include: a face, a hand, something being held (as found in the artworks) and the suit of the card (hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades.) All elements should be drawn as the artist would have drawn them. Special attention needs to be paid to centering elements so that they will flip and cause symmetry.

You will incorporate a pattern that is created by a font that reflects the style of the artist (we will go online to find these at a later time)



Research: You will research the style of the artist you have chosen, with particular focus on the style (or way the artist made things look)


The Artists:

Henri Matisse

Rene Magritte
Joan Miro
Pablo Picasso
Roy Lichtenstein
Andy Warhol
Vincent Van Gogh
Amedeo Modigliani
Georgio DiChirico
Salvador Dali
Gustav Klimt
Frida Kahlo
Marc Chagall
Fernand Leger
Miriam Schapiro
Chuck Close
MC Escher
Edvard Munch
Romare Bearden
Henri Toulouse Lautrec
Edgar Degas
Franz Marc
Leonardo DaVinci
Edward Hopper


On Graph Paper: Create a rectangle that is 14 squares wide and 12 squares tall. Sketch out the varying elements of the card: -the character that will be on your card (Jack, Queen or King) -the object your character holds (queens hold flowers, jacks hold swords and kings hold scepters, you may somewhat change these things) -some background elements to fill the space. REMEMBER- you will draw only half of the card. The design you create will be flipped to create the other half of the card, so you must ensure that the bottom edge will line up properly...use the grid to ensure this!

Your design should consider of positive and negative space (white) and will be diagonally symmetrical.

Designs based on artists style: You may include landscape elements, objects, brushstroke styles, anything that your artist may have used to fill up the space. Your final design will be scanned and turned into a digital graphic, where you will add color and pattern.

DIGITIZING your work: You will carefully trace your drawing with thin sharpie and erase all pencil lines. Scan your final drawing and save it as a png file.

In Illustrator, you will open an new document- 8.5 x 11, portrait.

File-->Place your card design.

Click on the image in Illustrator and click the LIVE TRACE button. Then click EXPAND. Now your image should look like a drawing made in Illustrator, complete with anchor points. Select the drawing with the selection tool and option drag to duplicate it. Rotate the duplicated image by 180 degrees and line it up beneath the original, making sure that everything lines up. Group the images together and resize as necessary, so that the height of the image is about 1/2 inch shorter than your workspace both top and bottom.

To begin to add color, choose the paint bucket tool. Click on the selected drawing to "make a live paint group". Now you can add colors to the different areas within your drawing.

Your final playing card will follow one of the color harmonies we studied in the last project. The color tutorial will show you an easy way to find those sets of colors.

Your final playing card will also incorporate a pattern that you create using text. We will do this as a separate tutorial, but consider where pattern may look balanced within your piece.