It’s done! The first card in what I hope to be a complete Tarot series.
I wanted to incorporate elements of the Waite-Smith (aka Rider-Waite) deck, while still giving myself the freedom to stretch my legs a bit. I ran with the overall meaning of youth, carelessness, capriciousness, and the feeling that the world is your oyster. I thought the Satyr was a nice subject for this story, as he often symbolizes wild youth, virility, and playfulness.
The white flowers are a nod to the Waite deck’s white rose, which signifies colorlessness, naivety, and a ‘mind gone blank’. The white faerie also signifies this. The seven flowers are a nod to the sacred number seven, which in Renaissance times, signified the seven known planets.
The satyr’s pack, the red feathers, the cliff, and the sunny blue sky all have meanings as well, but I’d rather you decide what they mean to you rather than my explaining every bit. That is, after all, the heart of Tarot!
Art & Direction
Overall the piece came together close to how I envisioned it, though a bit rougher around the edges than I’d have liked. I think once I do a few dozen or so of these pieces, I’ll find myself doing this one over after a bit more practice.
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