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Lorenzo Gaggiotti – Requiem Playing Cards Deck

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?
I have a small website http:\\www.designkiller.it and a portfolio on Behance: http://be.net/designkiller

 

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.

queen-sketch-senseless
-The first version of the 4 suites (just the clubs is different).

suits first version
-the picture of the beautiful mistake I mentioned above.

beatiful mistake
-the first version of the Ace of Clubs on a dark blue background when I was testing the background colors.

AoC first version

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