I've wanted to illustrate my own decks for ages, and finally got started this year. After months of sketching and planning and journaling, and sketching and planning and journaling with very little progress to show, I made myself sit down and draw out some complete images in my signature, line-art style. And lo, the inspiration started flowing. I'm starting with a Rider-Waite-Smith clone, and making intuitive departures card by card. So far, I have The Fool, The Magician, and The Witch (The High Priestess.)
I like how things are going, and plan to whip up a full deck to self-publish within the next couple years. I don't have a good title yet. The working title is Black Ink Tarot, since I use black marker ink on white card-stock. (Anyone who comes up with a better title gets a free copy!)
I'd love to know what you think so far. Let me know in the comments or through the contact form. What do you all think about black and white decks? What do you look for in the decks that make it into your collection?
I'm back from the nice, long holiday weekend with an exciting new project: a tarot deck in progress!
My name is Evvie Marin. I'm an artist, writer, and ever-loving sucker for the woo arts, especially tarot. I have a B.A. in fine art and theatre and I've been reading tarot cards for about seventeen years.
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