Artist trading cards … from 2003!

The DIE VORLAGE card set I created in 2003

Franz Kline, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, John William Waterhouse, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh.

Mark Rothko, Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O'Keeffe, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Gustav Klimt.

M.C. Escher, Mark Rothko (camera hog), Norman Rockwell, Francis Bacon, H.R. Giger and Dave McKean.

Even designed the backs. Lots of research.

The colour wheel!

Related to the GUM CARDS project, here is a project I did in 2003 while in art school called Die Vorlage. As you can see it was a trading card set based on famous artists of the past, and a couple from the present. The task was to develop any project based on the colour wheel (that was about the extent of the direction we got), so I decided to create this set and base each card on a specific colour. When you lay the set out in the right order, you can create the colour wheel.

I drew all of the portraits by hand, inked them with a brush, scanned them, did all colour work and texturing in Photoshop then laid everything out in Illustrator with logos, text and numbers. I even designed all the backs with information on each artist and an example of their work. Last I heard, the art school still uses my project as an example when they present this assignment to new classes.

So, GUM CARDS might be considered the “upgraded” version of this idea I had almost a decade ago. Maybe I’ll do a few print runs of this set and randomly stick them into GUM CARDS orders. Hmmm…

3 Comments

  1. Oooh so nice! You should do a short print run of that and include it in the goodies for Gum Cards.

  2. james (Author)

    Great idea, Simon. Also, read the last sentence of the post. ;)

  3. Very cool. I do an old dead guys of science trading card unit in my multimedia computers middle school class. This is an excellent collection to show the class.

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