SUITABLE FOR FRAMING: Artist gives court cards modern looks

February 7th, 2014 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

Tomas Hlavaty appreciated how Daniel Madison altered the faces of Rounders and Dealers to include his friends. But the clothes they all wore seemed outdated and out of character.

So he changed the cards to give them modern looks.

“I like the fact that Daniel put himself and his close friends into the design of the deck,” Tomas said. “I was thinking, how would he look on a card with his apperance closer to reality. And that’s how it all began.”

Tomas, 24, of Bratislava, Slovakia, is well prepared to do that. Working as a graphic designer, he has been an artist since an early age, and is a Deviant Art member with a large portfolio. That means he knew instantly how he would alter a card to match current appearances with all the details that inspire him on modern cards.

A King of Diamonds from a Dealers deck features an updated DM, complete with hair sans crown, V-neck and chest tattoo. And that was one of the first he did: A portrait of Laura London on the Queen of Clubs features a necklace and a full showing of her red hair. And a Jack of Spades features Gianni Vox with an Iron Man chest plate (a nod to G’s Tony Stark look).

“I love impossible things,” Tomas said. “Magic is the display of something impossible, and I believe that Griffith’s floating decks are a great example of magic caught in photography. When I saw his work I had the same feeling as watching a magic trick.”

As for his design revisions, Tomas said he plans to release those slowly.

“I don’t want to rush it,” Tomas said. “It wouldn’t be fun to post all of them in a short amount of time. I never imagined that this idea would draw such attention and I’m very happy that other people like them.”

Check out more of Tomas’ work below, then follow his Instagram.

SUITABLE FOR FRAMING is a special feature on the Ellusionist blog that finds great images of playing cards, including our custom decks, and treats them like the works of art they are. Have you seen someone’s card work that we should feature? Email with links to images, not actual images.

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