Evolution of a Card: Alternative Chariot Card

pencilsketcheschariotOur 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.

Chariot Card Cultural Revolution Tarot

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.Chariot Cultural Revolution TarotViewing 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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Five of Cups Complete

We finally completed the 5 of cups and added the rain drops into the scene.

5 Cups Cultural Revolution Tarot

The World -A Taste of Asia

Our most recent completed card has been The World card, and for me it is a bit of a special card because it involved illustrating maps. Christine came up with the idea of literally having a map of the Asian world embedded into the picture as a background. While I’ve drawn town maps, and maps of the Irish coast over the past few years for other work, it made a nice change to cartoonise East Asia (In as much as could be conveyed as a secondary theme in a small tarot card, though all the work is illustrated roughly around 11.5 by 16 Inches).

We’ve included the Yellow Sea, South China Sea, East China Sea, Hong Kong, Changsha, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Qingdao, Pu-yang, Seoul and Nagasaki, with the latter three included for geographical purposes. At the bottom lies a few islands of the Philippines which remain unnamed.

Upon final editing stages it’s possible we might include a name there, but for now the Illustration is complete. I particularly like the image’s produce aspect, with the maize, bok choi, radishes, carrots, cauliflower and so on representing the communal work taking place in the background behind the woman.

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the world cultural revolution tarot

5 of Cups Partially Inked

The 5 of cups will complete the cups suit (aside from the courts which still have to be thought up and sketched). So far the illustration is coming together pretty well. I’m getting to draw a few more buildings which is always a welcome challenge. Our Strength card featured a kind of angry protest in the city ripping apart old glory, and our Eight of Cups featured the Forbidden City which was quite a challenging card but turned out really well. All can be seen on… www.facebook.com/TheCulturalRevolutionTarot More as it comes…

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Working on the 5 of Cups

The Five of Cups Cultural Revolution Tarot