Emmanuel, 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?
I was first introduced to playing cards when I watched my father and my uncles play poker. I was very young, around 3 or 4 years old, but the beauty of those playing cards affected me, and I’ve loved playing cards ever since. As an artist, it was only natural that I wanted to create art based on my love of playing cards.
2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
When I was a child, my family had talking myna birds as pets. Myna birds are excellent mimics, and every time you walked into the room, those birds would say your name and engage in conversation. I loved those birds, and they fostered in me an admiration for all birds.
3. Why Kickstarter?
I wanted full control and management over my art, which is why I decided to go with Kickstarter. Also, there’s no denying that Kickstarter has a broad reach to a wide audience.
4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
Well, I’m not sure if this would constitute as “fun” to those in the story, but it did make me laugh. Last year, the artwork for the entire Clipped Wings deck was on display at the campus library at Bridgewater State University, MA. As the semester started, two different professors in the design department gave their students an assignment: design their own deck of cards. The students had only one semester to design their decks, and it would constitute their final grade in their course. I heard that the design students were sweating it out as finals approached, and I’m sure some weren’t happy that the Clipped Wings deck was the reason behind their assignment. I did feel for them though. At least I had a year to make my deck; they only had a semester.
5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
On the last day of school as a high school senior, my psychology teacher wrote on the chalkboard in big, wide letters, “WORK = PLAY.” He said nothing else after writing that.
7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
Be passionate about what you’re creating. If the passion isn’t there, everyone will be able to tell.
8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
My website is www.emmanueljose.com, and it has links to other social media sites where my work can be seen.
9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I want to thank you for featuring me here, and thank you to everyone who supports me and my art!
10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.
The Ace of Spades: The pet myna birds that I had as a child were the inspiration for this card.