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The Cryptic Tarot - WIP deck by Emily Lubanko

I felt this is the more appropriate forum, as only a few cards are complete so far.

Found this work-in-progress deck recently floating in the tumblr-sphere. Another card visible in the header is on the artist's main site, Strength (warning for nudity and mild gore in lower non-Tarot illustrations). Strong RWS influence. I think I like the art; the Hierophant is quite haunting.

Any thoughts?
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Powerful art. I definitely like it. That is possibly my favorite Hierophant ever.
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Really strong artistic direction- with beauty too! Also she has started the minors.
We should encourage Emily onto our forum. I would love to follow this one.
Cheers chocbird.
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I've noticed this sort of art style become fashion trend recently seeing it on DA often!)
(check out my fav card gallery to see what I mean )
but imo this style would work best for thoth based deck?XD especially because it's bit gore and seeing author portfolio?!XD )
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Wow. Wow, wow, wow!! Amazing stuff. Hoping this deck becomes a reality.
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes it.

wodden-eye, I'll write to the artist and ask whether she'd like to join here.

Admittedly, I don't frequent DA much, reall. But I notice Trung Nguyen's cards in your gallery, whose deck I am eagerly awaiting, so perhaps I should take more interest. I think the lines here are a bit too flowing for a Thoth-based deck, which makes me think of ideal geometry and such (though note that I don't know much about either art or Thoth ).
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Hi everyone! Thank you so much for inviting me here. I am Emily Lubanko, the artist of this upcoming deck. Thank you so much for your kind words!

The deck is still in progress-- I have more cards in process than the ones that I have posted since I am working on a lot of them concurrently. So there is a lot more to come-- I plan on making this fully and richly illustrated, since I prefer to read with decks that don't just have "pip" cards.

I am happy to answer any and all questions people have about this deck, my art, my tarot practice, and my approach to making this.

I remember this site existing when I was first getting into tarot something like 15+ years ago-- what a wonderful thing still see it going strong!

Hope everyone is well!
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I love it, I love it, I love it. Energetic line work and powerful images. Definitely want it in the future!
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Has anyone heard more about this deck in the intervening months? Would love to see the progress
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most of the artwork is stunning and haunting, but must admit that i'm in love with the Star card. probably the most symbolic Devil card I've ever seen.
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