For me, getting creative is the best way to burn off any excess emotion; latest project involves a sketchbook, graphite and blending sticks (as I did not graduate art school, I don’t know what the proper term for them would be).
I read tarot cards for shits and giggles, have since high school. When doing a reading on a certain topic, I kept getting the same cards, but in different configurations. So, using what I kept getting in my readings, I started sketching out my take on various tarot cards haunting me.
First off, The Wheel of Fortune. In the Visconti tarot (my deck) it is shown as a wheel with the different phases of age around the perimeter. I wasn’t feeling it. For me, the Wheel of Fortune I drew is a reminder that the journey is as important as the destination.
Next, we have the ever-popular Death card. Visconti shows a full skeleton (I don’t draw skeletons, not yet anyhow) wielding a scythe. I figured having Death stare you in the face is just as scary.
Here’s the Empress card. I’ve never been keen on drawing the human figure (probably why I went to art school to study photography…) but I’m rather pleased with the result. Still working on this sketch’s shading.
Most tarot decks have the Towers as being on fire, falling apart, while people rain from the sky. I went medieval on that notion.
When it comes to the human figure, I generally stick to faces, female ones at that– some reason men turn up looking kinda feminine. Luckily, the High Priestess card incorporates things I’m fairly decent at drawing. As I have a neo-pagan history, I decided my High Priestess would be of the same persuasion.
… Next up for me to finish are The Lovers and The Fool. Will post when done.
Do you read tarot? What’s your favorite deck?