I recently worked with Hull52, a collaborative art project thought up by local artist Adam Kerr. The project was created to showcase the diversity of the Hull creative landscape by taking 52 creatives and asking them to design something simple, a playing card. Designs are unguided, uncensored and completely open to creative license. – Hull 52
From hobbyists, college students, uni students, teachers, freelancers and industry professionals, we all came up with our own unique design for each one of the 52 playing cards. I was given the 4 of Clubs to work on so I focused my design around the features of that suit and combined it with my style of design. The design began like this, with the club as the main focal point and intricate patterning around it.
.I then moved into Illustrator where I worked on my design to add colour and to develop my design further ready for the playing card. I changed the outlines to a shade of gold and added a black background, it kind of felt like the design you would see on the back of a playing card, which is something I have hugely gained inspiration from in the past.
I then repeated the design 4 times to represent the ‘4 of clubs’ and reduced the opacity of them so they acted as a background behind the main piece. Overall I wanted my design to represent the style that I heavily focus my work around but also reflect the main aspects of the suit and number that I was given to work with. This is what my final design looked like on the card!
There were so many diverse and unique designs created for each of the playing cards, it was really great to see all the different talent that our city has to offer. To view the full deck of cards visit the official Hull52 website.