Thursday, July 25, 2013

Spinoolean Tarot - Chariot

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.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Spinoolean Tarot - Fool

Friday, July 19, 2013

Spinoolean Tarot - Sun

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

Spinoolean Tarot - Strength

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

Spinoolean Tarot - Star

I like this one a lot better reduced to it's constituent components and set on blue. It just wasn't as dramatic on yellow and I was never happy with the figure.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Spinoolean Tarot - Hermit

This is so much more mysterious -- and so much less Led Zeppelin -- than the original version from last year.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Spinoolean Tarot - Death

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. 

Oh, well.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Spinoolean Tarot - Devil

This version is considerably simplified over last year's version, and not quite such a literal take on the Rider-Waite.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Spinoolean Tarot - Lighthouse

I never thought the original version of this card was brooding enough. Changing the background color has really brought it to life.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Spinoolean Tarot - Moon

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

Spinoolean Tarot - Wind Rose

I continue to tinker with the Spinoolean Tarot, readying it for publication (if someone will buy it to publish, that is). My most recent inclinations have been to simplify the cards even more than I had previously, to change the colors around (the Major Aracana originally featured a yellow background, which I'm now trying with 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.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Vector Selfie

I wanted a cartoony picture for my Facebook page. I didn't use it, but here it is anyway. There's no escape.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Hel's Tar

I saw the cover for Helstar's Glory of Chaos album and thought, I can do that!

I couldn't. Not that I really tried though. What I wound up with is this amusing (YMMV) heavy metal parody.

Rock on, headbangers.