Drawing down the Moon is another card I recently finished for Llewellyn Publishing for their upcoming tarot deck: The Green Witch Tarot. Drawing Down the Moon is traditionally known as The High Priestess. In the Green Witch tarot the card symbolizes psychic powers, focus and consecration.
I really enjoyed illustrating this card as I’ve been fascinated by the moon. I wanted to reflect the silvery light of the moon in the landscape and avoid using a lot of warm colors while still keeping the illustration welcoming. I also wanted it to be a good partner card for Drawing Down the Sun, which I previously showed the illustration process of here.
I was thinking about the process of illustrating tarot cards the other day and it struck me that for tarot it is not just an illustration; it is not just an illustration because its purpose isn’t just be beautiful and tell a story; it must be full of symbolism. There is a responsibility in creating art for tarot, because tarot is a guide. It’s a guide to dealing with life. It can potentially assist, help, comfort, give hope and elevate. It must not confuse, it has to guide and aid the reader and therefore it cannot just be pretty images. I suppose I feel more of a responsibility with these illustrations because of what I know will be read into them.
I have converted my painting process into a gif for this card to show you how it developed from sketch to final.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my illustration process and thoughts on tarot. Please feel free to drop a comment and/or share this with your friends if you like the artwork.
To view all cards posted on the blog so far, please click here: Green Witch Tarot