Lorenzo, 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 think Ive always been interested in cards. In Italy I used to play with a local card-deck called “Le Piacentine” and a normal standard poker deck with 52+2 cards and the 4 standard suits. I´ve been always attracted by the illustrations and the design of the symbols, especially the aces and the jokers, I didn’t know there were people creating custom decks till 2011.
2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
Requiem deck is the story of a broken-stabbed-heart. In the 55th card you can read “chronicles of a lost love” and Requiem is the production of my suffering soul after a very bad experience in the summer of 2013. The darkness of that ruined summer has been transformed in beauty, even if the illustrations are gory and full of pain. It’s a way to release and transform negative energy. Actually that´s my personal way.. many might agree that art is full of these examples. If you have ever been through a broken-heart experience, you will remember those feelings in the 18 illustrations. The ace of hearts is quite eloquent.
3. Why Kickstarter?
Kickstarter was the ultimate solution. In the beginning I tried to contact producers and sell the project. Nobody was interested, not even the smallest one. So It was matter of doing it by myself: faster and cheaper for those longing for it. There are people believing in the potential of this deck with a dark story behind it, but with nice illustrations on a dark-red background. Kickstarter is the way if you come out of the blue (like me) with a nice idea. Is it a kind of American Dream. I will not make big money out of it, but the concept – I believe – is the same.
4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
My hobby is drawing and inventing things, but the funny story about this deck is the red background. I have to say thank you to my terrible ink-jet printer with an empty cartridge. One day I was testing a black background but the cartridges were almost empty and I still have the print of that mistake showing a red/brownish/striped/mistaken print that made me decide that it was a beautiful mistake.
5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
Definitely the combination of a pencil and a paper. And pizza of course, the good one. Ok, add a cold beer as well and a lady. (ouch, Italians).
6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
Practice, focus and simplicity. And all of them are not easy things to achieve, especially simplicity. Constant practice, focusing on simplicity I might say.
7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
Honor the concept! The concept is the foundation: it makes the deck consistent, it tells a story. A clear concept will hold the illustrations (or the layout) together. The main concept of a deck gives a sense to the 54 cards.
8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Quality over quantity is my motto. Actually I have a few, but this is the most important. I see decks rip-off and just color changes sold as “great event”. I have a list of decks made in 5 minutes and sold as a big thing. That´s not the way.
10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.
-A sketch of a queen, very early, when I had no idea of the concept, just doodling.
-The first version of the 4 suites (just the clubs is different).
-the picture of the beautiful mistake I mentioned above.
-the first version of the Ace of Clubs on a dark blue background when I was testing the background colors.