Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A quick color sketch

It's been many months since my last post. I haven't totally lost interest in this project, but have done next to nothing on it in a long time. Anyway, here is a quick color sketch I did a while back... was going to do some more work on it, but what the heck, it's been sitting untouched for several weeks, so I figured I might as well post it, just in case anyone is looking at the blog any more.

I think the color scheme may be too bright and sunny. It might look better with some grayer, cooler colors... don't know... have to think about it some...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Richard Pickman on 2010 Tarot Lovers' Calendar.

Four of my cards appear on the 2010 Tarot Lovers' Calendar, the month of November. Thanks to Major Tom and to Aeclectic Tarot!

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Painting

The bad news: due to a number of reasons, I have not produced any new tarot card drawings in the last four months.

The good news: I have finally completed a painting I have been slowly working away on over the last year.

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Nava Yoni, 18" x 24", acrylic, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Moon XVIII


(Drawn on July 2, 2009)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Hermit IX

(Drawn on June 25, 2009)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Temperence XIV

The figure in this card is often portrayed as an angel. I started drawing some wings, didn't like how they looked (in terms of the over-all design/layout of the card), so away they went. We can still think of her as an angel if we want to, or not.

Typically we will see that the figure is standing with one foot on the ground, and the other in water. Drawing the figures more up close as I have been doing usually means that we don't see the feet. For example, in the Hanged Man, the foot he is hanging from is cropped out of the picture; we can't see what he is hanging from, or is he simply hanging in space? You could say that something is missing, or you could also say that this adds a bit of a twist to the card. In my version of Temperance, the figure initially just ran off the bottom of the page. As I was drawing the water, it occurred to me to draw it so that the figure is actually standing in the water. I would also point out that if you think about it, her feet are standing on the ground underneath the water. In fact, if the bottom is muddy or at all squishy, her feet may actually be sunk right into the earth. Rather than standing on the ground and dipping her toes in the water, she is now even more connected with the water, and, if we can assume that her feet are at least somewhat sunken into the earth, more connected there as well.

As previously mentioned, I have eliminated the wings in this drawing, but have kept the radiant glow around her head. The angel in the RWS card looks downward; here, her head is tilted back, her eyes are closed; her expression is not quite ecstatic, but more what I would refer to as beatific. The cups are almost directly opposite one another. The water is not being poured from one cup to the other; rather, defying gravity, it flows back and forth between the two cups in an arc-like shape (which may also cause some to think of a rainbow).

(Drawn on June 14, 2009)

Seven of Wands

This is pretty much a traditional interpretation of this card, but a bit more active and agressive than what we see in the RWS version, for example.

(Drawn on May 31, 2009)