The Giants’ Tarot!

giants' tarot

By Raven Kaldera, published by Asphodel Press.

It’s here! I loved working on this project because I got to use traditional Tarot symbols along with Northern mythology, which I’ll admit I knew very little about before starting. I learned even more from reading the guide that comes with the deck.

the cards i did

These are the three cards I illustrated for the deck.

At least twenty other artists contributed, along with Raven Kaldera, the author, but if you want to see the rest of ’em, you know what to do 😉

http://www.asphodelpress.com/ntshamanism.html#tarot

Illustration Friday: “Shaky”

shaky

I pulled this line drawing I did during a night out at the Draw-A-Thon, of a model who wore this amazing papier-mache Hindu god monkey suit and mask and danced around instead of posing in one place. He was pure shaky that night and I just tried to push it further with some bright colors, all digital this time (GIMP: GNU Image Manipulation Program)

On a (shaky) tangent, I am always torn between two approaches to the weekly word from Illustration Friday. Do I take it literally and try to show the word in action, or do I try something more abstract, where I look for the word’s essence? There is an entire chapter about that in one of my favorite books, Understanding Comics, where Scott McCloud tries to draw abstract representations of words like “cold,” as opposed to drawing a shivering person or an iceberg. I tried to do more of that this week, with some bright jarring colors and lines…

Illustration Friday: “Worn”

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Because of summer in New York City, I can’t separate the word “worn” from “out.” 

In Midtown there are dozens of people who wear sandwich boards, carry billboards on their shoulders, and pass out flyers for one business or another. I sketched this woman, one of many who advertise Mens Suits 1/2 Price. She looked pretty worn out from standing there all day, and the Mens Suits are also somewhat related to “Worn,” especially if they’ve been worn already.

And here’s a bonus doodle. He won’t be so worn out once he drinks the coffee…

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