My fascination with the extravagant Art Deco style strongly influenced my illustrations. The complex patterns, as well as the color choices, directly reference artists such as Erte and Sonia Delaunay.
I wanted the card designs to also have a narrative meaning, so each suit (spades, hearts, etc) is historically significant and represents a different pedigree of famous rulers. Additionally, each face card has its own unique personality.
The cunning, fearless warriors in the suit of spades represent the legendary King Arthur and his entourage.
The rich mercenaries in the suit of diamonds represent King George III and his followers
(This idea may or may not have been inspired by a popular American rap musical)