Interview with Fifty States of Style

Aaron was recently interviewed by Nina McCammon of Fifty States of Style. Nina's blog celebrates the creativity and quality of the American Made movement. Read the interview here, and enjoy the lovely photographs. Thanks Nina!

Upcoming: Oregon Wineries Deck

Please note: First printing will be limited to 100 signed and numbered decks. Your order will be shipped as soon as the cards are hot off the press. Release date is August 14th.  

These playing cards feature 52 original sketches of wineries in Northern Oregon.  Aaron visited all of the wineries in this series and had a taste as he sketched. Featuring a sample of landscapes in Northern Oregon (Columbia Gorge and North Willamette Valley), each card showcases an experience at an Oregon winery. From the famous to the small and humble, this deck includes: Domain Drouhin, White Rose, Stoller, White House in the Gorge, Willakenzie, Appoloni, and more.


The box was soaked in Pinot Noir overnight to create the purple stain color. 

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.