Avatar the Last Airbender Playing Cards

The Objective

Design a series of playing cards consisting of four different suites and one back that work together as a dynamic system. In addition to the system, the deck must have an overall theme, illustration style, and cohesive color pallet.  A playing card box must be designed in the same style to give a preview of what the cards look like inside. 

The Solution

The theme of my playing cards is Avatar: The Last Airbender. Instead of doing the traditional playing card suites, I decided to use the four nations from the show to represent each suit; The Water Tribe, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. Each of these kingdoms are culturally different and is associated with a bending skill; waterbending, earthbending, firebending, and airbending. I chose an Egyptian illustration style because I felt like it best represented the natural and organic style of the four elements associated with each nation. Each face card are three of the main characters from the show, Katara, Aang, and Appa, in the traditional dress of that nation.