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10 May
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EL RECUERDO Playing cards. Mexican culture and history beautifully illustrated

Sviatoslav Pashchuk (Agitcom) is one of those designers whose work is worth of admiration. He is able to turn each card into a piece of art. He already did it in the Golden Age decks and now he presents his new creation: EL RECUERDO. For this deck the artist takes the tradition and culture of Mexico combining folkloric and historical elements in a very successful way. With just a pencil and a paper Sviatoslav has taken a variety of references and…

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09 May
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ENEIDA Playing Cards. Beauty inspired by a classic epic poem

In 1798, the poem “Eneida” by the Ukranian writer Ivan Kotliarevsky was published. In 2011, one of its multiples reprints in 2011 included as a complement a beautifully illustrated bridge deck with the same name was created and it became a huge success. Now, Fullhouse has launched a new edition: ENEIDA. Eneida tells a story inspired by Virgil’s Latin epopee and adapted to Ukrainian folklore and culture. This literary adaptation was illustrated on playing cards in a sublime way with…

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15 April
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CHARLEMAGNE Playing Cards. The beautiful inspiration of a great Russian artist

Inside an ocean of card projects (to be honest, some better than others) sometimes you find small hidden gems that do not have the impact they should but that are full with history. This is the case of CHARLEMAGNE Playing Cards. Adolf Charlemagne was a renowned and talented Russian artist of the nineteenth century known for his historical, genre and battles scenes. Charlemagne was also the creator of a new unified design for the Russian playing cards, whose origins and…

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13 April
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MASQUERADE Playing Cards. The second deck of Brain Vessel’s Artist Series

After emerging on the playing cards stage in 2014 with their Seven Seas series, BrainVessel embarked on a new adventure called “Artist Series”. In the eternal and passionate search for talent turned into cards, they decided, with this series, to convert each deck into a collection of canvases where different artists could give free rein to their creativity. After the first campaign, Bones, illustrated by Jason Kreiger, one of their leading artists, they now launches their second Artists Series project: MASQUERADE….

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06 February
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ECLIPTIC Playing Cards. The zodiacal universe according to Chris Ovdiyenko

There are artists who are missed when they don’t created new decks for a while. This is the case of Chris Ovdiyenko, one of the most talented and successful artists on the playing cards crowdfunding scenario. After achieving overwhelming victory with Arcana, Oracle or Calaveras, where thousands of backers bet for his designs, Chris strikes back with something new and different: ECLIPTIC. Taking inspiration from the stars and the zodiacal constellations, Chris decided a year ago to create a different…

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16 January
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DEMONOLOGIE Playing Cards. It’s evil! … but it’s good

Inspired by ancient civilizations, old manuscripts and ancestral paintings, Emmanuel Valtierra has always offered us a very personal vision of millenary cultures. After five successful campaigns in which he has created a total of six decks, Emmanuel launches his new creation: DEMONOLOGIE.     Each of the court cards in the deck is dedicated to a character linked to evil. Demons, fallen angels or malignant creatures decorate the faces with an old book style and that well-known colorful touch of…

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15 January
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Artist Playing Cards. Let’s drink some tea or, better, let’s enjoy it in these amazing portraits

Carne Griffiths is a renowned artist based in UK who worked for years in the embroidery design. He decided, in 2010, to follow his dream and dedicate himself to his great passion: painting and drawing. That decision has led him to the success with exhibitions in galleries around the world. He uses an interesting technique with calligraphic inks, graphite and liquids (such as tea and alcohol). This technique and his talent produce captivating portraits that combine the abstract and the figurative…

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03 November
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Bicycle ANGELARIUM TRILOGY Playing Cards. The fantasy and the enlightened beauty of a mysterious world

In March 2015 I spoke of two impressive decks inspired by a fantasy emanated from the imagination of Peter Mohrbacher. Now, Erik Dahlman (Albino Dragon) has just launched a new and stimulating edition: the ANGELARIUM TRILOGY. Following the style of the previous ones, the court cards of these new decks show us different creatures in beautiful and detailed illustrations. Observing carefully each of these pieces of art is a real pleasure full of details and emotions. Thus, Albino Dragon adds to…

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16 August
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Golden Age Playing Cards. A fantasy world with amazing illustrations

Playing cards design has allowed talented artists to find new forms of expression. One of the best artists I have had the opportunity to meet is the Ukrainian Sviatoslav Pashchuk (Agitcom) who, although he has not yet had much luck in his foray into the playing cards world, still has much to say and to offer because his illustrations are extremely beautiful and full of quality and realism. Now, he has just released his latest proposal: GOLDEN AGE.     Taking inspiration from Neil…

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05 July
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HEROES OF THE NATIONS LUXURY EDITION. A beautiful deck inside a beautiful and exclusive tuck case

Inspirado en un mundo de fantasía, Heroes of the Nations was one of the nicest illustrated playing cards I talked about last year. The project is being fulfilled and April GS has decided to launch a special edition of this deck: Heroes of the Nation Luxury Edition.     In this “express” campaign that will last only 10 days, April GS offers the original deck, printed by the USPCC, inside a very special tuck case, created with matte black velvety…