Green Witch Tarot: Queen of Chalices

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.


In the comments of the last blog post I did on the Green Witch Tarot I was asked to show the Queen of Chalices next and here she is:

Illustration of the queen of chalices sitting on a rock by the beach

The Symbolism
Rider Waite: Queen of Cups

Rider Waite: Queen of Cups

Traditionally in the Rider Waite tarot the card is described as:

“The card depicts a mature woman of fair-complexion and golden hair who holds a lidded cup. She is described as a model of a loving virtue, one who is purer of heart than most, a loving mother and a loyal friend.

The inverted card may warn of a false lover or a deceitful friend or companion who pretends to be of a pure heart but is treacherous and manipulative.” – Wikipedia

In the Green Witch Tarot some of the symbolism are hinted at emotions, sensitivity, and creativity. I believe there will be more details on this in the book author Ann Moura is writing to go along with the project.

 

The Illustration Process:

Here is a animated gif of the full illustration process. I paint my illustrations digitally in Photoshop with a Wacom Intous 5 tablet. If you aren’t familiar with what digital painting is, here’s a blog post I wrote on the matter: [CLICK TO READ – What is Digital Painting?]

Illustration process of the queen of chalices sitting on a rock by the beach

The illustration 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. 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

Links:
Llewellyn Publishing
Ann Moura

Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Kiri Østergaard Leonard is an award winning illustrator and artist from Denmark, currently living in Austin, Texas. She enjoys working on projects within the fantasy and children's illustration genre.

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