Saturday, March 2, 2013

Spinoolean Tarot - Seven of Pentacles (revised)

Last Summer I created the Spinoolean Tarot, a new Tarot based on the classic Rider-Waite-Smith imagery. When I got my new computer in the fall, I set up the screensaver to play all of the card images I've done for it and for the Noo Tarot. The upshot is, I've been living with and studying my cards now for over eight months and ideas for revisions and new ideas for the cards surface all the time. I made a conscious decision to let the deck rest before I launched into the final revision before I attempt to seek publication, but this morning I was overwhelmed by the urge to mess with some of them. So I chose the Seven of Pentacles.

In the original version, the foliage beneath the scarecrow is a chaotic jumble, much like in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. It's irked me for a while now, so I fixed it. Instead of a wild mess, the crop is nicely ordered as one would expect from a tended field or garden. I also monkeyed with the background cloud border and added a shadow under my signature icon. To finish it off, I rounded the ground to be more like hills than inclined planes.

I like this version better, but I'm not entirely sure I'm done with it yet. While I was at it, I created a "coloring book" version with all of the color removed that I'll use for the accompanying book that I'll have to write.
I'm going to be living with this project for a long time yet. Stay tuned.

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