Portland Saturday Market Now Open

Come visit with Aaron and check out the latest decks! The market is now open, Saturday 10-5 & Sunday 11-4:30. The IPC booth is located at Ankeny and 1st in front of the Skidmore Fountain.

Seattle & Puget Sound Brewery Deck Released

Aaron has announced the newest addition to his growing arsenal of hand-illustrated playing cards that celebrate cities all over the world. The Seattle Brewery Deck is a limited edition deck of playing cards that features hand-drawn pen and ink illustrations of 52 neighborhood breweries throughout the Puget Sound region.


The Seattle deck is the second in the Brewery Deck Series created by Trotter, who published a Portland set last year; and also the second deck to celebrate the Seattle area. His original Seattle deck features famous Seattle landmarks and neighborhood places ranging from the iconic Space Needle and Pike Place Market to the Seattle Art Museum and Showbox.


“Capturing and celebrating icons is my passion, and it seemed natural to extend from landmarks to craft breweries,” explained Trotter. “These breweries have become meccas to craft beer lovers; the brewery decks allow fans to celebrate the craft beer scene and remember where they've been or seek out a new place to visit."


The back of each playing card features an effervescent golden ale, while the front features one of 52 drawings, each of which was sketched on location without the aid of a photograph. Trotter embellished and added crosshatching details to the images in his studio using his Great-Aunt’s 1910 ink pen. His illustrative style is influenced by graphic novels as well as the Renaissance etchings of Albrecht Durer and Andreas Mantegna.


The decks are printed in the Northweist on UV coated card stock, have rounded corners and are shrink-wrapped. Every deck comes in a signed and numbered box, and includes an illustrated map of the featured locations along with random beer trivia.

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My name is Aaron Trotter and I am the creator and artist of Illustrated Playing Cards – products that celebrate wonderful cities. Currently IPC produces art-centric playing cards (we like to call them a Gallery in a Box), greeting cards, postcards and other illustrated epherema. Our products are locally produced and have handmade elements. 


Our bestselling card decks showcase 52 landmarks and neighborhood places for each city drawn. Pen and Ink drawings are sketched on location and embellished without the aid of a photograph. Back at my studio, I crosshatch the details using my Great-Aunt Ethel’s 1910 ink pen. My illustrative style is influenced by graphic novels and the Renaissance etchings of Durer and Blue Period Picasso.


The decks are printed in Portland on UV coated card stock, have rounded corners and are shrink-wrapped in a custom box. Suits, numbers and an original hand-drawn border template are made by me. In addition, each box is signed, numbered and includes both an index of the locations featured and an artist’s statement.


I love that I’m able to share my art in a uniquely interactive way. Even if you don’t play cards, you can still hold them in your hands and shuffle the deck. They can be arranged, displayed or framed to showcase your favorite places. Not only will you love the deck that features your city, but perhaps you have a love affair with Paris or a friend in Portland who would appreciate a unique gift.