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Lotrek – “Grotesque” deck of playing cards – UnitedCardists2014

Lotrek, 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 always loved playing cards. Not so much as a game -I don’t play- but as an object. As a child I was always fascinated by the design of the courts and backs and had my favorite cards. I was not very fond of the KoD, while I loved JoC and KoC.

Two years ago I was comissioned to design “Timeless” and “Butterfly” decks for RSVP. This was my  introduction to the custom playing cards world.

2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
The inspiration for the deck was a drawing I found myself doing while in a travel. It was the original idea for the Ace of Spades. Later, I managed to see the connection of this drawing with the European renaissance “Groteque” art style, which combined anthropomorphic figures, facial expressions and decorative elements.

3. Why Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is THE place to do something like that. It has grown into a real marketplace for custom playing cards and if you’re trustworthy both you and your backers are benefited. Apart from raising money to do something that otherwise you wouldn’t be able to, kickstarter is a great experience itself. You have direct communication with people who support you and this helps to improve the design or even the marketing aspect of your work. You see in real time what will work and what will not.

4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
I wouldn’t call it hobby. It’s a real passion: I’m a pianist.

5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
It’s not a thing, it’s a person: My wife.

6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Think before you stretch”. It was in an article I read once and helped me realize that if you are not really careful when planning  your stretch goals, you may find yourself paying from your own money if you don’t want to rip off people.

7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
I don’t really feel I can give an advice, I’m  learning myself. However, there is something I can suggest to anyone in this business: First, don’t forget that playing cards are meant to play with, so too extravagant design is not always the best thing to do and second, don’t treat people as ATMs.

8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
For now you can see my work in my website www.halfmoonplayingcards.com

I’m planning to add more stuff in the near future, maybe pictures from works not related to playing cards but it’s hard for me to find the time.

9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I feel that this is a great time for custom playing cards but the market is being inflated. The balloon will burst one day and those who will survive the explosion will be the creators with devotion and continuously evolving work.

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 preliminary sketch for the KoH:

Art book p1



The final version:





Ace of Spades:


King of Spades:


Queen of Hearts:


Project Video / Link:


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