Bryan, 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 grew up playing cards, and never knew there was a larger market for anything except the tacky kind you find at the mall or the mainstay Bicycle Rider back cards. Last year after a few simple searches, I found the whole custom card community to be amazing, and knew I wanted to be part of it.
2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
For inspiration for this Illusionist deck, we wanted to create something inspired by magicians. Magicians for a lot of people are the most creative, as they really show their personalities through their sleight of hand techniques. So we wanted to give a nod to these Illusionists by creating something that reflected some of the oldest tricks in the books, and we illustrated that through the court cards. Cardistry is fairly new to the industry of playing cards, as far as history goes, so the King of Spades is our nod to Cardists.
3. Why Kickstarter?
Choosing Kickstarter was an easy choice. Projects on Kickstarter receive the most viewers, and have some really well run projects. After viewing similar projects and comparing other platforms, this was a no-brainer.
4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
One of my hobbies is running. I just ran in the Texas Independence Relay last month with a team of 9 friends. It’s a 200 mile relay run, and yes, it’s exhausting. Also, if you can call watching soccer a hobby, then I would say yes, I have other hobbies! I’m a fan of the Premier League, and this project happens to be during the UEFA Champions League as well, so I’m trying to stay focused!
5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
As far as utility items, I have to have my laptop. And now I have to have coffee as well, as my oldest son just started kindergarten this last year. 38 years without coffee, and now I’m an addict.
6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
I couldn’t agree more that when you are doing something you enjoy, then it isn’t work. You’ll find yourself concerned over the smallest details, get out of bed at midnight to write down a few notes, and then stay up another hour rethinking everything.
7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
I think it’s important to find something you want to create. If you try to create something that you aren’t a real fan of, then someone else will do a better job of it.
8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
We will be releasing new decks in the future. You can always follow us on Twitter @luxplayingcards or online at http://www.luxplayingcards.com – Also, the artist for this Illusionist deck is Megan Wyreweden, and more of her work can be found online at http://meganmissfit.deviantart.com/gallery/26379027
9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
We really appreciate all of the support thus far on this project. Without backers, we don’t have a project at all!
10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.
Two of my favorite cards in the Illusionist deck are the Ace of Hearts and the Ace of Clubs. Instead of having just the Ace of Spades as a larger intricate design, we decided to do this to all 4 of the Aces. The Aces should be impact cards, no matter what card game you might be playing, or how you use the cards. You can see the detail in the design, including in the negative space. I really think the Aces create quite an impression.
I also love the layout of the number cards. We wanted to not only give custom pips, but also lay them out in a way that you don’t see every day. If you take a look at this graphic showing the 7, 8, 9, and 10 cards, the layout is completely different from a Bicycle Rider Back card. We also wanted to have an even arrangement, but to give people something refreshing to look at as well.
Here is a sketch of the Queen of Spades court card. I enjoy getting a “behind the scenes” look to see where an idea came from and compare it to where it ended up. This shows how we wanted to do the “Waterfall” with the cards. I love the end result!
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