First, I’m making 78 black and white drawings traced from the Rider Waite Smith deck, using Photoshop and my endless patience.
I then color the card carefully.
Does that sound easy?
(If at first you don’t succeed, keep bashing your head against the wall until it seems right, remembering art is never really done…)
I’ll show you a few of the cards I’m working on now:
Here is the postcard being offered as Reward #1:
When done, the cards will be ready for publication in hard copy. I have a preliminary quote of just under $5,000 for printing 750 copies from Print Ninja as follows :
Tarot size cards Size: 2.75″ x 4.75″
Blue Core Standard 350 GSM
1 card back
Tuck box, gloss varnish finish
Hard copy proof
BLACK AND WHITE OUTLINES
The black and white outlines won’t be complete until the coloring is complete. Then they can be published for the use of others who could use them to color their own decks in Photoshop or other electronic applications. This will require preparation of the application and legal protections. Perhaps in the future they could also be made into a coloring book.
SOUND LIKE FUN?
Jump right in and participate!
Risks and challenges
I have never published a deck of cards before. While I believe the graphics are solid, and I have chosen a reputable publishing house which is familiar with just this kind of product, the process is new to me. However, I was once a Project Manager for a large legal electronic publishing company, and solving problems is well within my wheelhouse, so I will take each issue as it arises and arrive at appropriate solutions. Producing tarot decks has certainly been done before and I am confident I can do it too!
An artist, a lawyer, a tarot collector for more than 40 years, I am disabled and work entirely from my bed with the help of technology, my wonderful friends, and my two tiny Chinese Crested dogs.
A little side note: “Pixie” was the nickname of Pamela Coleman Smith, the artist who drew and rendered the illustrations for the Rider Waite Smith Deck, the tarot most famous and most often honored in being used in other artists’ work. As it happens, when I was a little girl my father called me by the nickname “Pixie,” and thus I name this, my interpretation blending the first Pixie’s art with my own, “The Pixie Tarot.” Studying her work so closely in this project has brought me to admire her talent even more, and I am blessed to have been able to make the exploration.
UPDATE: SOME WANDS