Illustrator Aaron Trotter was in Cannon Beach, often seen around town sketching his next set of illustrated playing cards focused solely on Cannon Beach. But during the festival weekend, visitors could find him talking about his newly launched deck of illustrated playing cards highlighting 52 landmarks of Oregon’s North Coast — from Newport to Astoria — at Voyages, a toy, comic and game store.
His new deck features the rugged and stormy nature of Oregon’s coast, illustrating a different beach, state park, viewpoint or historic landmark.
This is Trotter’s seventh year in the card business, he said, first releasing a deck of Portland landmarks in 2010 with other Portland-centric decks following. Now, he looks forward to covering more areas around Oregon and Washington.
He sketches in pen and ink on location over a succession of road trips, and has traveled extensively spending about one week to 10 days in different cities around the world, emphasizing landmarks that are relevant to both locals and tourists, he said. He has sketched more than 30 cities from Los Angeles to New York, London to Paris, Barcelona to Lisbon and Amsterdam to Tokyo.
The cards are finished in his Portland studio and digitally printed on high-gloss cardstock. Trotter remains a part of the finishing process and says he is very hands-on through to the end, including folding the boxes and making sure each is signed and numbered by him.
Smaller than the average playing deck, Trotter’s cards are meant to be played, although some collectors prefer to keep them wrapped and on display. Each deck includes a descriptive card about the deck and each card is credited.
He is excited about returning to Voyages for the release of his Cannon Beach deck around Dec. 1, just in time for Christmas, he said.
According to Sally Clifford, one of the owners of Voyages, there is a lot of excitement surrounding the new deck. “A lot of people have pre-ordered and are patiently waiting to see the cards.”
Trotter also let it known that “Seaside may be in the cards” for a future deck, and said he looks forward to exploring the town.