These playing cards feature 52 original drawings of landmarks and neighborhood places in the historic and delightful city of Boston, including the Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall, Freedom Trail sites, the Bell in Hand, Bunker Hill, and more, with an index.
For one week at the end of September, I walked around Boston sketching. Based near Braintree, I took the ‘T’ into town every day, with the purpose of drawing important landmarks. The Freedom Trail provided plenty of historical subjects, and I enjoyed wandering in Boston Common. All of my drawings were originally sketched on location, without the aid of a photograph. The drawings were completed with pen and ink in Portland, Oregon at Alberta Studios (1627 NE Alberta St.) Suits and numbers are an original hand-drawn border template made by the artist for Illustrated Playing Cards. Boxes are offset printed and die-cut. Each box is signed, numbered, and folded by the artist. Cards are digital prints with a UV coating, printed in Portland; cut square, round-cornered and shrink-wrapped in-house.
Since the first release of my Illustrated Playing Cards of Portland in November 2010, people have requested and demanded that I sketch many cities. This is my first effort to capture the feeling of the City in a dialogue with place. My process involved walking around looking hard at everything, trying to find good vantage points, at comfortable angles. As an artist who sketches en plein air as a painter of older times, my creative activity is sometimes challenged by atmospheric conditions like heavy rain and random tour group mobs. It is my hope of all hopes that the drawings on these cards evoke a sentiment of a great city. This pack of cards is not just a deck of cards; it can be played or displayed. It is a gift to the people who live in the city; a souvenir for visitors, a token of a place