This new version of The Chariot probably amuses me more than it should, but I find it much preferable to last year's. Something about Sphinxes on wheels truly evokes the absurd.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
The version from last year is positively blindingly bright, what with its yellow background and all. I find this version much more civil, less obnoxious than its predecessor.
Protect your skin. Use the appropriate SPF sunblock.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
What's an eight-letter word with only one vowel?
I prefer this to last year's version which included a second figure. It's also in keeping with using animal heads for the main character when an animal of any kind appears in the card. As I go through to revise the cards, that's one of the things for which I'm on the lookout.
The answer to my teaser is, of course, "strength."
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
The original version had a horse. I've decided to do something else with all the cards with horses. This card now looks like the titular character is a spectator at a Renaissance slash metal concert...or a homecoming parade for Black Plague High.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I affectionately refer to this card as the "Release the Kraken" card. The Rider-Waite deck features the lunar orb, two towers in the distance, two frolicking or fighting dogs, and a crawdad. In an effort to streamline the image, I removed the towers that appeared in my first version and enlarged the Kraken, in addition to changing the background to reflect the new color scheme.
I consider this drawing to be final. It's one of my favorites.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Wands and Cups to see which I like better).
In the Rider-Waite deck, this is one of the busiest cards. In addition to the Wheel, it includes Hebrew and alchemical characters, clouds, four angelic figures, a sphinx, and a devil. Since one of my goals has been to remove all recognizable symbols, I originally chose only to use the Wheel -- represented as a very simple wind rose -- and the sphinx and angel. For this version, I have retained only the wind rose, although I have added some ornamentation to it. You can see the original version here.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
I always feel a little guilty when I work with ethnic or cultural themes or motifs when I'm not part of the culture. I have Mexican and Spanish ancestry, but I have no relationship to that heritage, for example. When I draw Kokopelli or Tawaret, I feel just a bit uncomfortable.
At what point do cultural and ethnic symbols and rituals belong to the world instead of just those born to them? Obviously there are no Ancient Egyptians or Ancestral Puebloans these days, but their descendants are here. Do they own the Zia and the Pyramids?
I like to think it makes me careful to be respectful when I portray these ideas. I do so much enjoy working with them.