The 4 suits of this deck symbolize 4 long-time battling kingdoms.
Each suit is an entire world of kings, queens, warriors, and legends. This deck of cards is filled with unique natures, heroic deeds, stories, and culture. The Illustrations of this new deck expresses four unique worlds through color and rhythm.
The Spades depict ancient African culture. The primeval world of astonishing contrasts. There is scorching sunlight which is replaced by the cold scintillation of stars. And the absolute silence of the night is disturbed by a drum rhythm near a ritual fire burning in a boundless desert. The ancient tribal traditions carried through thousands of years live here. The harmony of humans and nature give the culture force, but sometimes the lines can blur between hunter and prey. Natural instincts will help these people survive with outside forces.
The Diamonds is a fairy tale Japan. It is the country where the sun rises and wind plays in the tree branches. Simplicity penetrates everyday life here. The air is cut by a katana and is filled with a smell of sakura, with birds singing in its branches. It is the world of brave samurais, enigmatic geishas who tap their getas, and mythic dragons that guard gods' houses far away in the mountains.
The Clubs embody a medieval culture of Europe. Dark times when legends were written in castles by candle light. Brave knights winning hearts of fair ladies and performing feats, monsters living far away at the end of the world, and magical animals with luminous horns bestowing eternal life fill these legends.
Spicy and colorful India is represented by the Hearts. The stories about charming princesses and brave warriors are told by a sensual dance of graceful interlacing hands. A fragile lotus and a majestic anise-tree, vaporous silk and shining marble palace walls are singing about love, that is beyond time and distance. Any day can become a celebration if it is spiced with flowers, music, and songs.
Maria Fedoseeva is an artist from Moscow, Russia. She started as a print graphic designer. Maria switched to illustration in 2014. To get the perfect line and shape, all the illustrations are made in vector graphic. The 5th Kingdom is a passion project started in 2015. The project was shortlisted in Communication Arts Competition 2019. It was also featured in Behance Illustration Gallery in 2018.
- Printed by USPCC on classic stock
- Black Artist's Edition 1-Way Back
- Poker size
- Embossed finish
- 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 2 info cards
- Metallic ink on box & backs
- Limited edition of 1000 black
- Art by Maria Fedoseeva
- 2020 release