Pop Culture Playing Card


It is the job of graphic designer to reinvent everyday objects in a new style so we see them in a new way (and hopefully buy them?)
Below are a number of playing cards, both vintage, modern and student designed. They all follow a particular formula in how they are created, can you see what it is?

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You will have the option to choose
A character from a classic/well known book or movie
A famous Visual Artist
A well known person from popular culture (sports figure, musician, etc.)
YOU MUST OK YOUR CHOICE WITH ME.

IF YOUR CHARACTER IS A DRAWING TO BEGIN WITH, YOU MUST CHANGE OR STYLIZE THE WAY YOU CREATE YOUR ILLUSTRATION

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Your FACE CARD (JACK, QUEEN or KING) design must have:

•ROTATIONAL SYMMETRY-
the design is exactly the same as it is rotated

•A simplified illustration of the character you choose

•A Face, a hand and something the hand is holding

•A Pattern you construct (using the letter of the face card)

•A Color harmony of your choice, inspired by your color theory research



How to begin-
Choose your Pop Culture Icon, and using references, create a simplified sketch of how they will look on the card. Consider Simple shapes, repetition, positive and negative space (as we did in the animal and tree illustrations)
Using graph paper, you should layout your final design, considering rotational symmetry. Refer to the handout on this.
You will scan your image digitally and use Illustrator's pen tool to create the final shapes for your design, as well as using the patternmaker and live paint functions to finalize your design.