I went through many sketches and ideas; the most important element to me was the sun child, who represents complete joy and optimism, and steals the show in the Rider-Waite version of the card.
The child needed to look happy and excited; I tried drawing a realistic boy, but the wide chibi eyes fit better. I also really wanted the sun itself to look like a ball – like he’s playing with the sun.
You can’t see the rest of the design, but it’s an awkward half-circle – nothing that would fit on an actual card. I hope to redo it someday, while keeping the boy the same.