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Great artwork!

I think it's easy (for Aces to figure out reversals)
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How do the aces of wands and pents look? Those would be the two aces that I'd guess would be the hardest to distinguish reversals. I sort of like the numeral, to be honest. Consistency!
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How do the aces of wands and pents look? Those would be the two aces that I'd guess would be the hardest to distinguish reversals. I sort of like the numeral, to be honest. Consistency!
The swords' and wands' aces look like Marseille aces where there's a ruffle-cuffed hand holding a stave or a sword, so a reversed version would be pretty obvious. The deniers', though have a more symmetrical look (will try to post images later, after I get some more work done ).

I really like consistency in my works too! With this project, though, I felt I had to balance consistency (and some innate need in me for something balanced or symmetrical looking) with the quirks and traditions which the cards were inspired from. For example, ten of cups should have 9 small cups at the arranged at the bottom half of the card and one huge cup oriented sideways at the top of the card. The Marcelo Inciso's has a more symmetrical-looking arrangement, but with the one huge cup retained (but oriented facing upward). Again, will try to post pics of working versions of all the aces side by side later.

With numeral-less aces, my rationale was that the aces are in a way separate from the pips anyway, in terms of them having "grander" designs. But I'm still on the fence regarding this. One of the main problems is that I originally intended the aces to have a dark background, which would mean white numerals, which apparently aren't too aesthetically-pleasing. But, well, I'll do some variations and also post pics of those here later.

For a pips-deck, this project has been quite a challenge to me, more so than the Maria Celia! It doesn't help that there seems to be "unforeseen things happening" (think: the Moon card), like this one time when I was working on digitizing the pips and creating template files for them and then some things kept cropping up (actually, "crapping up" is much more apt!) and I had to redo all 36 cards 4 times each! :-/
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Attached are images of the Deniers ace. The first has the card with numerals on the side and the bottom, while the second has no numerals but is still nonetheless reversible. What do you guys think?

Also, a special thanks to h3ll0k1tt33 for providing info on some of her historical and contemporary Italian decks!
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Hey Ly, I think you should do what's aesthetically best and not worry about pleasing those who might read Marseille pips with reversals. You've got great design sense and skill--go with what you know is right
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Hey Ly, I think you should do what's aesthetically best and not worry about pleasing those who might read Marseille pips with reversals. You've got great design sense and skill--go with what you know is right
I agree...
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what they said! ^^^^
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Thanks guys! Will do! I am really excited that this project is nearing its completion and publication. I have had test prints/proofs done a month or so back, but of course I'll be even more pleased to have the actual cards in my hands (and in The Game Crafter's new playing card stock too!).
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Here's the 10 of Cups (to show what I said earlier about trying to retain certain quirks). I retained the one big cup in the bunch but I made the layout more (hopefully) harmonious.

Nearing the finish line now, so to speak. If I can proof the images tomorrow morning, I may be able to start an "early bird" promo of the deck in the afternoon (like what I did with my 2 previous decks). The first day of the month hopefully proves to be (in that I Ching way of saying things) auspicious for the deck.
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Superb. So.....it should be in print fairly soon?

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