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MECHANIMALS Playing Cards (Kickstarter)

An exclusive deck with a unique and meticulously crafted universe that honors the history of playing cards.

Current funding level: over two-thirds funded
Kickstarter ends: Friday July 15, 2022

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This project is a partnership between artist Celsius Pictor and Max Playing Cards. Celsius has worked as a professional illustrator for a dozen years, and has collaborated with brands, publishers and agencies worldwide. He describes his artistic style like this:

"A very thorough mixed technique that combines collage from old 19th-century engravings recovered from flea markets, with ink and digital color in a meticulous work and detailed process like a goldsmith's. I select, cut and compose small pieces to give life to a new universe in a recycling and reuse process that respects traditional textures and media, transporting them to the future."

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The goal is to create a true work of art in the form of a creative deck of cards, deeply rooted in the culture and history of playing cards. Celsius has tried to create a historical universe that captures something of the heritage and history of European playing cards, while presenting them in a unique way that captures something of the fantastic. Many people are aware that individual playing cards were often associated with historical figures and characters, and this is the kind of thing that Celsius is drawing on. He will share some of these symbols and ideas as the campaign progresses, but he doesn't want to prescribe too much, because he also wants us to come up with our own stories as we explore his deck.

The story behind the deck is described on the project page as follows:

"July 25, 1880. In a small inn on Spain-France border along the Way of Saint James, an exhausted pilgrim recovers his strength with a jug of wine after his journey. He takes a deck of well-worn playing cards out from his bag and invite his table companions to play a game. The deck was printed in England, with the tax mark on the Ace of Spades. Each card, from numbered to court, reproduce the already centuries old printing traditions. The pilgrim deals the cards, and the game begins."

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The card backs depict four warriors on guard around a pond. The imagery here has been inspired by medieval Arab art, and a story about the ancient kingdom of Al-Andalus.

Here are some pictures of more cards from project page:

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To make this project a reality, Celsius has teamed up with Max from Max Playing Cards. Max is a professional playing card consultant, with experience in all aspects of playing card design, including fulfilment. Respected playing card manufacturer Legends Playing Card Company has been selected to print this deck.

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The project has two main editions, standard and limited. A deluxe gilded edition is also being made available for those wanting the ultimate in luxury, which comes with blue gilded edges, and a special die cut sleeve for the tuck.

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Kickstarter link

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cel......ng-cards

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