Check out Aaron's Interview on In One Day!
Aaron was recently awarded Designer of the Year by Venture Portland for promoting local businesses through his art. This was an exciting suprise and we thank Venture Portland for their support.
That same night, Aaron conducted a fun interview with Jenny & Sean on In One Day. You can listen to his interview at minute 70.
In addition, you can view the original drawings from Aaron's Portland Breweries Deck at Burnside Brewing through November. Aaron has also completed a commissioned deck with Alberta Main Street featuring neighborhood places on NE Alberta Street. Bella Faccia has been kind enough to host the original drawings through the month also.
Portland Breweries & Washington, DC Decks Now Available
Aaron continues to draw up a storm with the release of both the Portland Brewery Deck and of our nation's capital, Washington, DC.
Portland Brewery Deck - Words from Aaron
"I conjured the Portland Brewery deck a week before the 2013 Oregon Brewer's Festival in downtown Portland. Although I'm not a brewer myself, I do enjoy a good craft brew while stewing about my illustrations and admiring my muse.
With the hope of using my art to celebrate Portland beer and promote local breweries, I set out on a quest to visit and draw 52 local breweries. Initially, I researched online and feverishly read NW Brewing News trying to locate my subjects. After adding up and cross-referencing, I discovered that there actually are (or will be) 52 working breweries in Portland by the end of 2013.
By my printing date, Ecliptic Brewing wasn’t open yet and Humble Brewing was so humble they do not have a tap room. The Oregon Public House is included as the first non-profit pub, currently fundraising for a brewery. I felt like it would be cheating to have more than one McMenamins so I decided it was fair to allot them one card. And, I could have added Gresham or Vancouver breweries as Jokers but I felt Reverend Nat's Hard Cidery and New Deal Distillery each deserve a small spotlight.
As a maker of hand-drawn playing cards, I enjoyed meeting many brewmasters, learning about the craft and enjoying their creations. I've drawn many great cities, but am always pleased to discover and share a new treasure in my own town."
52 Reasons to love...
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.
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