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Royal Suits

I have an eighty-year-old soul. Evidence of this is the copious amounts of time I have spent playing Pinochle. During this time I have studied the many different faces of kings, queens, and jacks and have created my own opinions and ideas about each suit. Consequently, I wanted to find a way to convey these impressions in a simple way through icons. My overall objective was to give each suit and card its own theme/identity.

Spades – Power

Diamonds – Wealth

Clubs – Wisdom

Hearts – Love

Sketches 1

My initial sketches were mostly of different accessory pieces that could convey the above mentioned characteristics. I wanted to be able to illustrate my message without the extreme detail that is found in most card decks. 

Suit Sketches

First Draft

I wanted the suits to be a major part of each icon, but without being too busy. Traditionally with cards, the suit symbol is separate from the image. I decided to combine these elements with faces over the suits. Combined with the accessory elements from my sketches, I was able to come up with my first draft below.

Sketches 2

I liked parts of my draft, but there was something missing to give me direction to move forward. The two color theme was making it difficult for me to add enough distinguishing features to each icon. After receiving feedback, I decided to changes the colors of my icons and give each face more of a realistic shape. I went back to sketching to figure out how to make a unique face for each icon. I studied light and shadows on faces to come up with the sketches below.

Suit Icon Faces

Final Product

Incorporating my new sketches, I created more interesting faces for each of my icons. I was then able to finish them off with a few unique accessories to meet my initial objective of creating a theme for each suit. 

Suit Icons Set

From left to right

King of Spades, King of Diamonds, King of Clubs, King of Hearts

Queen of Spades, Queen of Diamonds, Queen of Clubs, Queen of Hearts

Jack of Spades, Jack of Diamonds, Jack of Clubs, Jack of Hearts



Special Accounts Representative at Artco
I work at Artco, a printing facility, in their Marketing Department. I primarily work with their special accounts, but also help with graphic design and prepress as needed. I graduated from BYU-Idaho in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications with an Advertising emphasis. Despite the extended winters, I love living in Idaho. I also love to travel and take vacations as often as possible.

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