Our original chariot card was illustrated during the Christmas period which reflected a playful manner with children on the moon and a lady driving a kind of space digger.
This time around however with our alternative version Chariot card (occasionally we do more than one version of the card if we feel a strong visual concept comes along) we have a uniformed lady riding upon a shellfish chariot being pulled by two koi fish. On the image to the left we have a few rough sketches which i did for Christine to determine if i was grasping the idea she was going for.
From there i penciled the image in no repro blue pencils, which have become indespensable in this kind of work, and inked what was to become our new card, using a series of fude pens and brushes to bring about varying line widths.
And here is the coloured version. We’ve got a black headed koi and a white headed koi to represent the traditional Jewish divination device Urim and Thummin from the Book of Exodus which is represented also in the popular Rider/Waite/Smith tarot deck.
The one thing that was difficult with the colouring of this card, for myself as the artist, was creating a convincing looking black headed fish with a red body. They certainly exist, and exist within Koi fish, but it does seem like an unusual type of thing in life and therefore when portraying that as a more cartoony illustration, you have to wonder at times if it’s coming across as convincing. The white headed fish was only difficult in the sense that with quite a bit of the fish being left white in a deck full of so much colour, at first glance the card may seem incomplete, but this is from my own subjective perspective.Viewing this image the next day, i must say it has turned out better than what i had first thought last night (though admittedly it was late and i was tired). Occasionally i can get a bit depressed over an artwork that doesn’t turn out quite the way i wanted it to look. Viewing it with fresh eyes after a good rest though puts things in perspective. I think it’s quite a powerful image and i am proud of how it has turned out.
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