Collect ‘Em All!
An ongoing series of “Trading Cards” to give my bizarre characters a proper stage and present each of them in a short and crisp way, including all their strengths and weaknesses.
Drawing and inventing stories often leads to numerous great bizarre characters, which however haven’t been given a really worthy stage until now.
As a 90’s kid I was inspired by the idea and aesthetic of all these cards I collected back then. So I decided to create my own burlesque, collectible Trading Cards, in which everyday-, personal- and situation-based topics as well as social criticism are treated in an exaggerated and humorous way. But also senseless clamoring as well as numerous references to pop culture are often to be found.
Every Trading Card presents a unique character with a little story about his or her life. “Nokoela the carnivorous cow” might be my oldest creation here; I invented her when I was 12 years old. Other characters came to life within university projects, while most of these figures have their origin in the huge amount of smear pages full of splashes of colour that remain after intensive drawing. Most of the time, however, they end up in the trash, even though they carry boundless potential for new bizarre worlds with countless figures. This way I found a sustainable way to recycle all of my old “color-bibs” in a unique way.
Here is a little gallery of some more cards. Click your way through it!
I currently created over 35 cards of the series. The goal is at 94 cards, although there are already a few “Secret Rares”.