Because of other things taking priority, I haven’t been able to work on the tarot deck as much as I would have otherwise, but it’s till on the way, in case you wondered if I dropped the project 🙂 Last weekend, I finished the 4’s and you can see the cards below. I can’t wait to get started on the Majors because the Minors are a bit too repetitive for my taste.

This is how I make the cards

Before I start the drawings, I check my interpretations for the cards and decide on an image that will fit the interpretation. I’ve chosen certain insects for each suit, so I stick to that when deciding on the image. Then I get going on the drawings. I first sketch them out in pencil and then draw them in coloured pencil.

Dung Beetle

Dung Beetle

Wap's nest

Wap’s nest

House Fly

House Fly

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Once the drawings are finished, I scan them. Then I increase the contrast and remove the background on the computer before placing them in the template I have for the cards. The characters (letters/numbers) and symbols for each card are also hand-drawn by me. I created the symbols when I started and I do the characters for each set of cards right after I’ve finished with the images. I’ve set a specific colour for the characters for each suit as well, so they’ll be identifiable both by insect and by colour.

Four of Pentacles

Four of Pentacles

Four of Wands

Four of Wands

Four of Swords

Four of Swords

Four of Cups

Four of Cups

Once I’m done with all the cards, I’ll make a design for the box and a booklet to go with it.

I hope you like these cards. If you do, please share the post. On the right, there’s a picture you can pin if you want 🙂

PS. If you’re wondering about the name Arthropoda, I chose it because Arthropod is the family that includes the insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans, and I didn’t want to leave out the arachnids :).

 

The Arthropoda Tarot Deck is still on the way

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