Edgy Brothers, thank you for your time and wishing you the best with your project! (Project link at end of interview)
Here are the 10:
1. What got you interested in designing a deck of playing cards?
the breadth of the concepts that can be represented on a deck of cards is simply amazing. if you look at the intricacies of design of even a traditional bicycle deck, it’s astonishing. plus, david loves the challenge of creating a symmetrical design, which is what you find on the majority of card campaigns. once we saw how passionate the world of playing card collectors was, we knew we had found a place to release our own little brand of madness into the world.
2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
obviously, the beauty and tradition of dia de los muertos. it’s really hard not to notice it if you live in the southwest, as we do – los angeles – and david edgerly, our artist, is in austin, where it’s also everywhere. but geraldine planchart, our project coordinator, is also latina, from venezuela, and she was an invaluable resource for not just design concepts but the feel of the campaign. it’s that connection that the latin culture feels with their dead that we hope made its way into these designs.
3. Why Kickstarter?
kickstarter was an obvious choice for us because it’s an established storefront. a majority of backers for playing cards are already on the site, just looking for projects to get behind. you literally can’t buy that kind of publicity and promotion. naturally, we still have to work at getting the word out to every outlet possible, but kickstarter just understands the marketplace so well, and does its best to connect creators and backers. they’re a godsend for artists looking to find their customer base.
4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
the three of us all have varied interests. geraldine is an avid photographer and had a career as a singer for years before raising a family. she still takes the stage now and again, grateful for that release and chance for expression in front of a live audience. that’s something i can identify with, since i was a professional touring comedian for ten years in the nineties and oughts before settling into a nice career in voice acting in l.a. (though i still perform with some fellow comics around town). and since i also happen to be married to geraldine, raising our two young children has become our mutual “hobby”, if by “hobby” you mean an all-consuming activity that doesn’t even end when you’re sleeping. not that we’d have it any other way, of course. david illustrates not just for work but also for pleasure. he’s a true artist in that sense. but he also gets out and runs around a soccer pitch once a week and – having had the gypsy life most artists have before finding their footing – knows his way around a kitchen and is really into craft beers.
5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
chris – family. and red wine. geraldine – family. and music. (i know, those are both two things.) david – my computer. it’s an imac and an invaluable resource when it comes to researching and creating art.
6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
chris – do what you love and forget people who aren’t supportive. geraldine – two pieces of advice form her parents: beauty comes from within, and dress well – when you do, people treat you better. david – listen first.
7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
chris and geraldine – the same i was given, plus: do your homework and have a quality design. without quality, no one’s getting behind your project. so, work at it. david – go for it. 80% of life is showing up; don’t be afraid to fail.
8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
thanks to everyone who’s supported us in this campaign thus far. we’re nowhere without our backers.
10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.
here are four images with an explanation for each.
1. the card back – we went back and forth on this one till we decided what worked. clearly we wanted the super-ornate design to emulate what you might see on a bicycle deck, but with that dia de los muertos array of elements – flowers, the skulls, etc. and we wanted that parchment feel for the background to give it that historic look.
2. the tuck cases – this is the main deck and the first unlock-able deck. the tuck case cover usually has the feel of the deck but doesn’t exactly reproduce any one card, and we wanted to add a little extra filigree for some flair. this is dia de los muertos, after all.
3. court cards – the biggest challenge wasn’t just finding the right characters for each card, but deciding what colors to use. you don’t want to choose the wrong ones or the design starts to come apart. we think we hit a nice balance with these.
4. the painted deck – the second unlock-able deck. this is dia de los muertos on overdrive. we wanted to go too far and then back it up a little bit, and this is what we got. we really hope we get to unlock this sucker.
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