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DeviantART: Playing Cards by Victor

These are playing card artworks created by a Moldavian artist, Victor (vikiusha). They are a collection of dark macabre fantasies of the author. Only several of them happened to be on this page.

© Victor (vikiusha)

Playing Cards by Victor: The Three of Spades

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DeviantART: Three Musketeers Playing Cards by Hannah Friederichs

Hannah Friederichs (AgarthanGuide) was recently mentioned on pages of this site with her Daredevil playing card artworks. This post is devoted to other playing card artworks created be this American artist. These are also some type of fan art made as playing cards. The same “portrait” approach to courts.

© Hannah Friederichs 2010

  1. Three Musketeers Playing Cards

The Three Musketeers is a historical adventure novel by a French writer, Alexandre Dumas (24 July 1802 – 5 December 1870). The novel tells about the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan (The King of Hearts) after he leaves home to travel to Paris with the aim to join the Musketeers of the Guard (a fighting company of the military branch of the Maison du Roi, the Royal Household of the French monarchy). The adventures take place in the 17th century. Three musketeers are d’Artagnan’s friends, Athos (The King of Spades), Porthos (The King of Clubs) and Aramis (The King of Diamonds). Their main adventure is caused by intrigues and queen’s vaudeville at the court of King Louis XIII (The King of Clubs – the second in this pack :)) and Queen Anne of Austria (The Ace of Diamonds?).

D’Artagnan finds and loses his love, Constance Bonacieux (The Queen of Hearts). She was killed by Milady de Winter (should be the Queen of Spades).

Definitely the artworks need additional improvement to become real playing cards. But they are quite nice.

Three Musketeers Playing Cards: The Ace of Diamonds – Queen Anne of Austria

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DeviantART: Daredevil Playing Cards by Hannah Friederichs

Hannah Friederichs (AgarthanGuide) is an American artist. She has created several subject playing card artworks. Themes are quite different. Styles are also quite different. The only common thing is her “portrait” approach. But one way courts aren’t always bad :)

This post is devoted to her Daredevil playing cards. These are some type of fan art made as playing cards… like her other playing card artworks.

© Hannah Friederichs 2015

Daredevil is a fictional superhero brought by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett. His first appearance can be found in American comic book, Daredevil #1 (April 1964).

Daredavil is a lawyer, Matt Murdock, in his daily life. Living in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, Matt is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle. The radioactive exposure takes his sight, but heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability and gives him a type of sonar which acts as his vision. The superhero fights against his many enemies.

Netflix (an American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media available to viewers) hired Drew Goddard (an American film and television screenwriter, director, and producer) to create web television series devoted to the hero in December 2013. All episodes of the first season premiered on April 10, 2015. The series reveal Murdock’s early days fighting crime, juxtaposed with the rise of crime lord Wilson Fisk. The style of Daredevil was slightly changed – no red tights this time.

“I started with the card dedications given to Fisk and Daredevil and went from there.  I considered expanding it and adding a bunch of other characters, but – no plans as of yet.” ~ Hannah Friederichs

The Jack of Hearts is Daredevil (Charlie Cox). The King of Hearts (senior person?) is his friend and partner in his law firm, Franklin “Foggy” Nelson (Elden Henson). The Queen of Hearts is the secretary for Murdock’s law firm, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll). The Queen of Diamonds is Fisk’s love interest, Vanessa Marianna (Ayelet Zurer). The King of Diamonds is Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). The Jack of Diamonds is Fisk’s right hand man, James Wesley (Toby Leonard Moore).

Daredevil Playing Cards by Hannah Friederichs: The Jack of Hearts and the King of Hearts

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Bēhance: Four Horses Playing Cards by Kerri Cordeiro

These playing card artworks are designed by an American artist, Kerri Cordeiro. She created artworks for a full poker deck. Courts feature silhouettes of horses. Horses in queen cards have signs of femininity. The name of these playing cards forces to think that all four jacks, queens and kings should be different. Unfortunately, Kerri hasn’t revealed all court cards.

The strongest part of this pack of playing card artworks is number cards. It’s hard to say how logically enough they are connected with horses, but they are nice semi-transformation playing cards represented by beautiful plants (branches of trees). Unfortunately, the plants don’t have anything common with grass, hay or grains – natural food for horses. So, a “dietetic” connection doesn’t work. But it could. Horses are herbivores and have a unique digestive system which requires a high-fiber diet that is consumed in small amounts over a long time. That’s why they actually spend most of their time eating. Maybe we should accept those plants as some symbolic food for horses.

This is her second pack of playing card artworks. The first one, Monogrammed Playing Cards (now she names it Cocktail playing cards), has been already featured on pages of this site.

© Kerri Cordeiro 2014

Four Horses Playing Cards by Kerri Cordeiro

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Preview: Poker Faces Playing Cards by Verlag um die Ecke

A small publishing company from the most western part of Germany, “Verlag um die Ecke“ (roughly translated from German into English as “Publisher around the corner“), which specializes on family magazines and different guides decided to create some side project devoted to playing cards. The team of three people – publisher, graphic designer and illustrator – launched a custom deck of playing cards called “Poker Faces”.

Poker Faces playing cards were designed for nonconservative poker players with developed sense of humor. “Poker face”, also known as a blank expression, is a special term for poker which means a facial expression characterized by neutral positioning of the facial features, implying a lack of strong emotion. As you can see, quite quirky and bizarre characters of this deck are far away from a lack of strong emotions :) While the Jack of Spades is just thinking about his possible victim, ladies mercilessly are shooting flirtatious glances at everyone. And think twice before surprise the Jack of Diamonds by your Royal Flush ;)

“Tough guys and loose women, Bartenders, Mafia Brides and Sailors! In a POKER FACES poker hand, the underworld and harbor romance meet. Each of the four colors represents an “industry”: clubs is maritime, spades is organized crime, the pimps and alley cats romp around with hearts, and in the diamond pub, everyone is sitting at the bar.” ~ Verlag um die Ecke

The contrast was intentional. The creators wanted to have professional deck for poker with some ironical twist. I have to admit that they did what they wanted.

All drawings are the work of the Aachen-based illustrator Alex Elsen.

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