For this project, the beginnings were a little bit different. Many times between projects I will spend a few days just gathering reference and pouring over tons of beautiful images of art and other things from which I might find inspiration.
As I was searching for a creative direction for a new project, a song began to play on my playlist that really caught my attention. My wife sometimes calls me a nerd in my choice of music. I enjoy listening to all types of music, but when I am working I seem to find the most focus listening to instrumental music from cinema, games, and other types of media.
This song captivated me, and it was the catalyst for the entire project. I put it on repeat and listened to it all day while creating a completely new set of Court cards from the images of, what I would describe as a mixture of Sci-Fi and fantasy. The designs that transpired over the course of the day were promising to me, and most are very different from any of my previous work.
The title of the deck was actually derived from the title of the song that sparked it, Invocation.