This series takes as reference the relationship between the nomads of Xiongnu in ancient Mongolia and the well-known Chinese lunar calendar represented by 12 animals. In this calendar each animal is related to the lunar year of birth and also marks, according to its beliefs, the destiny of each person.
Since a series of 12 decks would be too ambitious for a single project, Nomads Playing Cards guys have launched the first two dedicated to the DOG and the PIG.
The cards have been beautifully illustrated combining ancestral and modern techniques. The original drawings have been created with a Buddhist painting technique called “nagtan”. This technique uses dark backgrounds and luminous brush strokes. The digital treatment of these illustrations eliminates the dark backgrounds to achieve cleaner and more colorful cards.
Each deck has been customized according to the animal it represents. Thus, the court cards show animals with human aspect and dressed in colorful period costumes.
The faces are full of details. From the elaborate aces to the numbered cards that have been decorated with animal heads without losing their coherence and playability. Each deck also includes texts with relevant aspects for each sign such as positive and negative colors, lucky numbers, matching signs and enemies…
In addition, each deck will have four jokers and one of them in each deck will form a beautiful poster of the constellations.
The back of the cards is intricate and perfectly fits with the theme. 12 different colors and designs will make the combination of the decks in this series something great.
Metallic inks, embossed tuck cases or custom seals are some of the stretch goals in the project.
Undoubtedly, it is the beginning of an interesting collection that will be printed by the USPCC and Bicycle branded.
If you like them and you want to embark on this new zodiacal adventure, visit the project website and raise your pledge.