Story Cards is our tablet-based collectible card game (CCG) featuring famous authors and characters from classic literature. As the students read books pre-installed on an ebook reader, new cards become available for use in the game, creating a virtuous circle between playing the game and reading itself.
For this first release of Story Cards we created illustrated cards from the books in the Gutenberg Press back catalogue. This post focuses on this art task, and our approach to bringing to life some of the most famous characters in literary history.
The brief for art was to create characterful, charmingly-rendered illustrations that would make the cards both memorable and collectable.
We needed a high impact 2D style that steered away from anything too cartoony whilst remaining fun and characterful. It needed to accommodate characters and authors that wouldn’t necessarily translate well to illustrations, and be flexible enough to ...