Disclaimer for new readers: Welcome! I am in the process of illustrating a full tarot deck for Llewellyn Worldwide, the artwork has been shared here with permission from the editor. There is no release date yet for the deck, but it should be sometime in 2015. It will be a full 78 card deck with no borders. The author behind the project is Ann Moura, who is widely known for her Green Witch books.
Here is final illustration for Harvest in the Green Witch Tarot. Traditionally in Tarot this card relates to Judgement. In the well known Rider Waite Tarot the Judgement card has strong Christian ties. The card symbolizes rebirth, forgiveness, decision hope and more.
In the Green Witch Tarot the goat in the background is a symbol of rebirth, abundance and vitality. Next to the cottage doors grows a pot of fennel, symbolizing energy, protection and security. I should mention there will be a much more in depth description of the symbolism by author Ann Moura in the book that’s being released with the deck.
The illustration process
The art order for this card differed from what we ended up with, the original scene had too many details to fit into a card so after some discussion the Art Director, Ann Moura and I narrowed it down to the key elements.
When painting these cards in Photoshop I make sure to have multiple windows open with the illustration. One window is set to scale so I can see how everything will read in the print size which is even smaller than the versions I share with you here.
The original vegetables I had sketched in had to be changed because they weren’t true to what was available in Europe at the time. The deck is based on early Western European culture which is also why all characters featured will be Caucasian.
I’ve again compiled a gif file with the full illustration process so you can see how the card developed through the various stages. Enjoy!
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this little look into my illustration process. As always I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment. If you like the artwork I would also like to encourage you to share it with your friends.
To view all cards posted on the blog so far, please click here: Green Witch Tarot