Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Illustration Friday: Queen of Clubs (Suit)

After having done some brief research I found out that the playing card has evolved from the domino in China, changing to Money Cards. They then moved on to the Middle-East and had the suits of Coins, Cups, Swords and Polosticks (Tarot?). Southern Europe had the same suits except the Polosticks were Sticks since they didn't know of Polo. The suits we are all familiar with today (Club, Heart, Spade and Diamond) came from the French in the 1470's.
Inked in my Sketchbook with Photoshop manipulation 6 x 7.5"

11 comments:

Jeffrey Morgan said...

I Love Poker! and the hisory of the cards is fascinating...I'm becoming a huge fan...Great Job!

mcscrub said...

i truly am inspired by all your work great concept/illo

Tina Vaziri said...

Lovely details and simplified color!

Barbara said...

I enjoyed looking at the images from all your recent posts - great work!

Janice said...

Thankyou for the history lesson... Graceful image..
I really like how you incorporated the club into the breastplate and the nice transition flower...

JC said...

The details are amazing on this illo! And the face regal and beautiful. I also enjoyed reading the info you posted. Wonderful work!

aeneadellaluna said...

Nice concept in the theme aproach! I like the fact that it's like a detailed sketch..and at the same them it reflects a portrait of history!

JO said...

Very interesting history, with your as always fabulous illos.

janie said...

She's certainly suited up to club somebody! cool

tiffini elektra x said...

Oh this is just so wonderful. Great colors, great expression. Love all the ornamentation.

ValGalArt said...

Great idea and beautifully rendered!