Tarot/Oracle illustrations (Part 2)

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A few more images for my Tarot project!
While I’ve been drawing these out, I came up with a thought that they may be better suited to a nice large print oracle deck: partly because drawing 78 cards in this amount of detail will be incredibly time consuming, and partly because I’ve started playing around with watercolour pencils and I’m thinking I’d like to do a coloured tarot deck.
I won’t post any of my watercolour on here at the moment because they aren’t particularly good yet. They’re coming out a little more like children’s storybook illustrations (which isn’t a bad thing by any means, but they’re still a little unpolished for my liking).
It’s nice to be learning to work with new materials. I love my pencils and they’re the most natural thing for me to work with; I’ve never got along with a paintbrush in my life, so the watercolour pencils are a good compromise.

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Tarot Illustrations (Part 1)

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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.