This series is kinda self-explanatory after the title. From top to bottom the cards are The Empress, The Moon, The Sun and The World. I’m going to be gradually working on the rest of the major arcana before I start on suits. I’m focusing on my own style more so than cluttering the cards with too much symbolism, I feel like my style has enough detail as it is and you can generally get a better vibe from a card when there aren’t 800 things going on in the background.
My reasons for this project are really more personal than anything. I’ve always found tarot and pagan mysticism fascinating since my early teens and the stories, aesthetic and mystery have always really appealed to me. Hence, I’ve always wanted to design my own set of cards, and since I’m not creating art for school/uni deadlines any more I figured this would be the perfect time to meet an old goal and ultimately motivate myself to progress in my illustration style.
A few more sketches and portraits before the year is up! I’m considering making a calendar at some point with various floral portraits (one for each month). Usually they are drawn almost exclusively from my imagination, but sometimes a feature or two will be based on a celebrity or blogger I follow and some of them are drawings of friends surrounded by flowers. I like to think my style is becoming more consistent despite this. Another goal I have had since my teens is to design a tarot deck, but that’s seventy odd cards and I think I’d get squirrel brain and end up doing another project instead. For now I think I’ll focus on getting twelve floral portraits (that I’m happy with and don’t mind publicising) together. Recently I’ve also been thinking of taking up embroidery because I’m poor and would like some leafy/flowery clothes to match my personality, so I’ll probably end up impulse buying a cheap embroidery kit soon. Who knows, I might even get good at it and post some photos on here.
Some of my graphite portraiture sketches from the past year.
I started drawing portraits and characters from a young age, Over the past few years I have begun developing a style that focuses greatly on detail, and has a running floral theme also. This style has mainly developed from drawing the things, people and styles that I like. The process of drawing curly hair and repeated floral patterns are very relaxing to me personally, which is nice because I have a tendency to get very frustrated with my own abilities as an artist. I find that building up from small details allows me a sense of control over my work that I don’t find in working the other way around and adding the detail last.