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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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