As you may know, for this first assignment we are required to create playing cards in a chosen art style. I chose to do the style of Pop Art and completed 6 cards (so far) that respond to the given task. For my cards I chose to use modern day pop culture references to tie in with the different suits. For example;
- King of Spades – Kanye West announcing that he was running for presidency in 2020 at the VMA’s.
- Queen of Diamonds – Nikki Minaj calling out Miley Cyrus on trash talking her in the media at the VMA’s
- Jack of Hearts – the new trend in men’s hair style of having long hair – portrayed by and image of Harry Styles and the quote of “long hair don’t care.”
I chose to use this as with the age of the internet and having everyone connected to celebrities and pop culture so closely that it would be easy to understand the meaning of the cards. If I were to continue in making the full set, some of the references I would use would be:
- The introduction of Caitlyn Jenner
- Game of thrones references
- Netflix and chill
- Memes from the internet
- Zayn Malik leaving One Direction
As well as using some of these for the face cards, I would also be including words that incorporate onomatopoeia for the regular numbered cards. Some words that I would use are:
For this trimester at university, we are doing a production unit which means that it is one class for the whole 13 weeks and we are given assignments with lots of flexibility and with industry-standard time limits. At this current moment, it is week one day two and we have been given our first assignment which is to design playing cards in different art styles.
For my style, I have chosen Pop Art as I am a big fan of pop culture and seeing as Pop Art was derived from pop culture in the 1950’s it seemed fitting.
Pop art celebrates everyday objects like:
- Soda bottles
- Soup Cans
- Washing Powder
- Comic Books etc.
It had many leading artists in this period such as:
- Andy Warhol
- Roy Lichtenstein
- Roy Hamilton
- Jaspar Johns
- Robert Rauschenberg
- Clas Oldenburg
Famous for his work of Marilyn Monroe and the Campbell Soup Can, Warhol is the most well known pop art artist in this history. However, for my playing cards I’ve chosen to take a typographical stance on the matter and draw inspiration from Lichtenstein’s works like “Whaam!” from 1963, “Blam” from 1962 and “Varoom!” from 1963. I’ve chosen these works as they have key typographical components and are onomatopoeia’s – something I wish to incorporate into my designs.
As I researched this, I came across some rules of Pop Art which I found interesting. The link to the main article can be found here (xxx) but here are some of my notes from it:
- Crank the colour
- Be free with your colour pallets
- Primary colours were used to reflect the state of pop culture – not the emotions of the artists
- Bold this black lines (Lichtenstein’s comic style)
- Instant meaning
- Essential that the meaning was instantly understood
- Artists began to borrow high-profiled and easily recognised consumer goods (soup, shoes, drinks, etc.)
- Make the ordinary extraordinary
- Art can be made out of anything
- Don’t be afraid to introduce items not typically seen in artworks