Green Witch Tarot: The World Tree

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.

illustration of Yggdrasil the world tree for the Green Witch Tarot

rider waite tarot illustration of the world

Rider-Waite: The World

Here is final illustration for The World Tree. Traditionally in Tarot this card relates to The World. The tree is an Ash Tree, like that of Yggdrasil; the World Tree from Norse Mythology.

Symbolically the Ash Tree stands for stability, magical strength, connections and spirits. To symbolize the year Ann Moura requested the leaves be painted in transition of the seasons, which is further symbolized by the Crane flying overhead.

When the deck is complete there will be more thorough descriptions of the cards and their meaning in the book Ann Moura is writing to go along with the deck. At current I have completed 16 illustrations for the project out of 79.

The illustration process for this card was fairly painless. The original sketch had the tree centered in the middle but as I progress with the piece I realized it would give the card a much more dynamic and powerful view to utilize the Dutch Angle. When I sent the colored version to the author and Art Director for approval they agreed with my assessment. Here is a gif file of the full process for your viewing pleasure:

illustration of Yggdrasil the world tree for the Green Witch Tarot

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

Llewellyn Publishing
Ann Moura

Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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