Hobo Coins III and a new project

Posted by Chris Ovdiyenko on

Hey folks, it's been a busy summer! We're in the middle of production for Hobo Coins III and looking forward to getting coins in soon. Once that happens we'll be in full tilt shipping mode. Really looking forward to getting that project out to all the backers, but in the meantime I've been busy with my next project. Tentatively calling it "The Guild" and it'll be a tarot and playing card project based loosely on design from the early 1900s—one of my favorite design eras. 

This one began as a thought experiment of what a deck of tarot cards might look like if it was designed by an artisan from the arts and crafts era. As I got into it, I realized that one of my favorite artists from that era could be great source of inspiration—and he wasn't even an artist per se. Louis Sullivan was an incredible architect that the world has somewhat forgotten. I used aspects of his beautiful ornamentation as inspiration and homage on this card back design:

Louis Sullivan card back for The GuildI'll be using that general motif for the tuck case and also integrating the design into the card faces, though here's a sample of the cards - still a work in progress:

Art style for the Guild

There's a lot to do for this project, but I'm targeting a Jan. 1st 2020 date to launch on Kickstarter. Let me know what you think of the project and just a heads up that Dead On Paper will be off Facebook soon (privacy, etc.) so if you want to keep up with all our doings, be sure to join our mailing list.

Best,

Chris and Adria

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Arcana Full Tarot Sets

Posted by Chris Ovdiyenko on

Back when I first launched the Arcana project in 2015, it was intended to be a poker deck that was inspired by tarot art and had a few tarot cards as the jokers and extras. I quickly decided that the response warranted me developing a full tarot in the style of artwork that I was using. I figured out how to do that with a separate run of the Major Arcana cards as a separate printing which I termed the "Expansion" cards. It worked out well, but one thing I wasn't really able to do during the project was have a single tarot deck that had all the cards in a single fitting tuck case. It was something I wanted to do, but wasn't able to get to during the campaign.

Fast forward a couple of years and I'm releasing just that. An all new edition of Arcana where all the cards are housed within one tuck and not split up across two decks. I worked with The Expert Playing Card Company on a custom tuck and for printing the cards. 

The 2nd Edition Arcana Cards

The printing is exquisite, and that goes for the tuck and the cards:

Great printing on the cards by Expert Playing Card Company

It's been 3 years in the making, but it's my sincere joy to make the full Arcana Tarot Playing Cards available on Dead on Paper. Here's a link to check them out:

https://www.deadonpaper.com/collections/playing-cards/products/arcana-full-tarot-deck

Best,

Chris Ovdiyenko

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Ecliptic Playing Cards — Launching this upcoming Thursday, 2/1/2018 @ 7pm EST

Posted by Adria Ovdiyenko on

Can't wait to launch Ecliptic this upcoming Thursday, Feb. 1st @ 7pm EST. Tons of great card art, add-ons, and of course art prints. Here's a print of Leo from the project to whet your appetite until Thursday:

Print of Leo from Ecliptic Zodiac playing cards launching on Kickstarter Feb. 1st, 2018 @ 7pm EST

 See you Thursday!

Best,

Chris and Adria

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Ecliptic | Zodiac Playing Cards

Posted by Adria Ovdiyenko on

For the past year I've been quietly working on a new card project that I'm excited to finally announce. It's a zodiac themed deck called Ecliptic Playing Cards. It's 100% hand drawn - every detail slaved over by yours truly. It's a beautiful deck and I'm happy to share the tuck designs with you here:

Ecliptic tuck designs

Here's another view showing the foil interior:

Look for more info in the coming days here and on my Facebook page. I'll be launching it on January 1st, 2018 on Kickstarter.

Thanks!

-c

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Launching Hobo Coins Series II Sunday, Nov. 5th @ 12pm EST

Posted by Chris Ovdiyenko on

I'm super excited to be launching the second series of Hobo Coins. I've been working on this for a while now and it's going to be great to get the new designs out there. Personally, I think there even better than the first group of hobo coins I produced. 4 all-new designs and also a limited edition print - the first I've done in color. Here's a pic of the print (if you right click on it, you can open in a new tab or window and see it in high-res):

Hobo Coins Series II limited edition print - signed and numbered

Hope to see you over at Kickstarter on the 5th!

-c

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