Tarot Feature: Tarot of the Magical Forest by Leo Tang

Tarot Feature: Tarot of the Magical Forest by Leo Tang

(cross-posted at Ridley the Fool)

Tarot of the Magical Forest, by Leo Tang, is a deck featuring cute animals. The animals’ wide eyes have a touch of creepiness to them, but not so much that it’s off-putting (to me, anyway).

Strength is my favorite, and is my favorite Strength card of any deck I’ve come across – so cute and really only possible in an animals-only deck.

The Hanged Man bat, likewise, is clever.

The Major Arcana show several kinds of animals, but the Minor Arcana have just one type of animal each:
pentacles = foxes
swords = cats
cups = rabbits
wands = frogs

Below are some other cards for your perusal. You’ll notice that there are two editions – the one with the swirls is the 2005 Taiwan printing and the one with six languages is the 2008 Lo Scarabeo edition.

The Chariot
The Hermit
5 of Wands
10 of Cups
4 of Swords
My art: Leda with horns sketch

My art: Leda with horns sketch

The working title for this is “Aries Leda”. I was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Study for the Head of Leda, the hair of which has always reminded me of ram’s horns. (The horns were very challenging for me, very geometric.)

Leonardo’s Study for the Head of Leda
Artist profile: Thalia Took

Artist profile: Thalia Took

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Thalia Took is the artist of the World Goddess Oracle and lots of deity- and Tarot- related art. She works in colored pencil, watercolor, ink, and other media.

I like her woodblock-print style and use of color, and I’m impressed by the diversity of her subjects, as well as the sheer number of artworks she’s made. Please visit her site to see the rest of her body of work (be aware that the pages take a bit to load due to large image sizes).

Below are some of my favorites by Ms. Took. Click on each to read the goddess’s story.

Tanit
Oshun
Danu
Artemis Brauronia
Ix Chel in three aspects
Ārohirohi
Iris
Isis (in mourning)

Links for Thalia Took:

Five birthday candles!

Five birthday candles!

It’s Sketch by Sketch’s fifth birthday! WordPress didn’t send me the usual statistics email this year : ( But no matter, I keep this blog for fun, not statistics.

You may have noticed I cut back a lot on posts this year, and that’s because I’ve been exploring different business paths, time management methods, starting a personal blog, and other stuff. I also finished my Artist Profiles list and was waiting to build up another list, which I did! You’re in for some real treats.

For 2017, I’m getting back on a more regular posting schedule. I already started my new Tarot Feature series, and now that I have a Redbubble store, I will be making art more often and posting work-in-progress pictures.

Thank you to everyone who reads this blog, and I wish you a beautiful, art-filled 2017!

Candles image: cbaquiran

Tarot Feature: Illuminated Tarot by Carol Herzer

Tarot Feature: Illuminated Tarot by Carol Herzer

This is my 500th post!! : D

(cross-posted at Ridley the Fool)

Carol Herzer’s Illuminated Tarot is my first Tarot Feature, a series highlighting my favorite Tarot (or Tarot-like) decks that I’ve seen online. (They are basically my Tarot wishlist!)

Ms. Herzer’s deck has the same line art as the ‘standard’ Rider-Waite-Smith deck (RWS), but her use of the early-Renaissance mische technique of painting sets her decks apart. For the original set of paintings, she used many thin layers of paint to create a jewel-like luminosity to the colors. For the printed decks, Herzer hand-paints the iridescent colors before she sends each one out to be laminated.

The origin of Herzer’s deck is interesting. She says she had a vivid dream in the 1960s in which she saw the tarot cards as paintings. Over the next twenty years, she painted many esoteric subjects and even created her own tarot deck, Astrotaro, but was left wanting to paint more. Eventually she came into possession of some black-and-white line art of the RWS deck, and with this as her basis, she painted the Illuminated Tarot.

She chose to paint the RWS deck because the drawings by Pamela Coleman Smith had “so much more potential in them, as real paintings” than what printers have produced so far.

Herzer painted the initial version from 1987 to 1989 and has improved upon it since then, even expanding into a few more color palettes like “Elemental Visions”, which emphasizes the elemental associations of the suits.

If you’re interested in purchasing a deck, you have to go a little old-school by emailing her first and then sending her money directly via PayPal – the process is described on the Illuminated Tarot Decks page. You can also choose the pattern you want on the back of your deck, as well as the size (very nice for a person with small hands, like me!).

You can read some reviews at Tarot Elements and Aeclectic Tarot.

If anyone orders a deck from Ms. Herzer, post about it on your platform of choice and tweet me @ridleythefool about it!

Celestial Graces finished! And on sale!

Celestial Graces finished! And on sale!

BEHOLD, Celestial Graces is finished! I posted my initial sketch May 3, 2014 – that is over two and a half years ago!

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Aaaaaand I set up a Redbubble store, so head on over to see if you’d like to buy anything with Celestial Graces on it. It’s my first artwork in the store!

Artist profile: TeaKitsune (Sarah Graybill)

Artist profile: TeaKitsune (Sarah Graybill)

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While searching for fox products on Redbubble, I came across the distinctive art of Sarah Graybill, aka TeaKitsune. She paints a base layer of green tea on illustration board and then uses watercolor, colored pencils, and other media on top to create her Japanese-inspired illustrations.

I really love how she creates mysterious and rich atmospheres, and applies cuteness sparingly (but to good effect when applied). She mostly paints fox demons but I’ve seen rabbits and also a possible kitty. I also love seeing all her work-in-progress pictures.

Below are my TeaKitsune faves. At the bottom of this post are all of her links. If you can, please support her art by buying some on Redbubble and/or Etsy!

Lantern Light (with two WIPs)
Lantern Light (with two WIPs)
Procession (with line art)
Procession (with line art)
The Wish
The Wish
Koh
Koh
Articuno
Articuno

Links for TeaKitsune: