I’m in the process of illustrating a full tarot deck for Llewellyn Worldwide. My goal is to complete 6 cards every month but goals are unfortunately easier set than completed. In February I fell behind because I miscalculated the time involved in another client commission I had taken on. It isn’t the end of the world though, my hard deadline is a year from now and I am more than confident I will make it.
In February I completed three cards: The Sun, the Moon and The Star and I further have had the sketches approved for the next three cards: The Hanged Man, The Lovers and The Magician. Here is a glimpse of the rough sketches:
The completed card I wanted to show you today is The Moon. Traditionally in the Rider-Waite Tarot deck the Moon is filled with symbolism of fear, haunting, worry, doubt and possibly nightmares. The card has to do with sleep, which means it both symbolizes dreams and nightmares.
In the Green Witch tarot the symbolism takes a far more positive spin. A country Witch walks to a pond, surrounded by nine Hazel trees and the flower chamomile which symbolizes calm, intuition and insight. A trout is swimming in the pond, which is a symbol of wisdom and instinct.
I should mention that once this deck is completed there will be a book with a far more in debt descriptions of the cards and their symbolism by Ann Moura, who is the author behind the Green Witch Tarot.
I enjoyed illustrating this card, it proved a challenge to create a scene that had enough light in it to print well while still being a good representation of nighttime. During the illustration process the card went through several of color changes before I eventually reached the mood I was looking for.
My painting process is a mix of a a lot of search and find, combined with happy incidents. It’s not an optimal approach, moreso it is a habit I am at current set in.
As I move forward with developing my artistic skills I want to put for effort into the sketching phase to eliminate the many hours spent on search and find later on. I think that working digitally really invites the search and find approach, whereas when you work traditionally you cannot paint over mistakes as frivolously, therefore it becomes necessary to hone your drawing skills and spend more time on the sketch.
I’ve compiled a gif to show you the process:
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.
To view all cards posted on the blog so far, please click here: Green Witch Tarot