Lauritz P. Holmblad (1815-1890) ordered his earlier designs to be re-drawn and updated. Comparison of packs from this era show instances where one figure is replaced by another more imposing version. The artwork shown here provides a fascinating insight into the creative processes at work between pencil drawings on paper, with delicate rendering of local colour, light, shade and texture and the etched, printed and stencil-coloured playing cards. The artists' and models' identities are not known.
Member since February 01, 1996
Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
This tarot deck captures the idealised Eastern world's magic from the eighteenth and nineteenth cent...
Newtropolis and the Fantastic Fur: Heroes vs. Villains playing cards illustrated by Peter Wood, 2015...
A Spanish-suited pack as conceived by 48 different artists from the region of Murcia.
Bold designs by Jacques Auriac representing people and enterprises for which the town of Issy-les-Mo...
Detailed pen and ink drawings of the major arcana by the German artist Helmut Wonschick.
Original designs by French artist Jean Vérame, with clubs replaced by four-leaf clovers to bring goo...
Secrets of the Far East playing cards featuring the designs of Violeta Monreal , Spain, c. 1991.
Ases de la pintura / Masters of painting playing cards made by Naipes Comas, Spain, c.1990.
Publicity pack for the Danish company, Velux, manufacturers of roof windows and skylights.
Colourful figures associated with the annual festival held in Vilafranca, Catalonia.
Colourful and attractive designs by Violeta Monreal, inspired by stained glass through the ages.
Three different packs of cards featuring traditional Chinese face painting and Chinese opera masks.
Playing cards in Russian life - Karty v zhizni Rossii - published by Aleksandr Lutkovskii in 2004.
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642),...
Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.
Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989.
Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Ale...
Maritime deck designed by Klaus Ensikat for Deutsche Seereederei Rostock, GDR.