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Tarot of Forgotten Dolls - an elegant gothic lolita tarot deck


Hello friends!

I always loved porcelain dolls and ball-jointed dolls, even though they creep people out. I think they're so unnaturally delicate and beautiful that they frighten people. I wanted the characters in my deck to resemble dolls, nearly human but soulless with "painted-on" expressions and empty eyes.

Elegant gothic lolita/EGL (or just gothic lolita) is a fashion that blends gothic motifs with Victorian-inspired clothing and doll-like hair + makeup. Don't worry, despite the slightly provocative name, there's nothing fishy about it! I thought that it would be a fitting aesthetic for sad dolls.

I wanted the deck to have a sort of melancholy and surreal atmosphere with muted colours. It'll incorporate childlike imagery such as toys, stuffed animals, sweets, etc. with a creepy twist. These once-loved dolls have been forgotten and abandoned after all

Lastly, it'll be based largely on RWS symbolism for the sake of readability, and because those symbols are what I used to learn tarot. I want to create a deck that many people can use and understand.

Sketches:
9 of Swords - http://imgur.com/7K36L8W Sorry the scan isn't very good!
10 of Cups - http://imgur.com/iIVHaeH Not entirely happy with this one, but I can always go back to it.

Any feedback or opinions would be greatly appreciated.
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oww! must say title freaks me up!(yeah im actually not crazy about old dolls! lolz)
but this reminds me more on anime got lolita and is freaky! i like!)) lolz
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I really like the images so far. Be sure to keep us updated!
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Yes, slightly gothic. To me, reminiscent of images I might see in London Night comics (Razor) or Sirius (Cry for Dawn). Forgotten Dolls is an interesting theme - Lolita suggesting adolescent "artists" dolls like the (extraordinarily beautiful) Zawieruszynski dolls, Annette Himstedt, and on.

Nice. Hope to see more.
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Hi RoseNocturnalia.
I just noticed you're in Ontario. Are you a member of the Southern Ontario Lolita group? I used to hang about there, but I really felt I didn't fit in at all, so I left. Hopefully no hard feelings.

You are extremely talented with your artwork. I hope you keep going!

<3 velvetinedreams
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Velvetinedreams, hello fellow Torontonian I actually don't dress in the fashion since my dream dresses are a little out of my price range, haha. So I never joined the group.

Also, thank you for the great feedback everyone! I'm currently working on the Star card and hopefully I'll have time to upload it tomorrow.
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Oh, you're in Toronto too? Coolness! Yeah, the only style I could afford to wear as part of that subculture cluster was the Mori-kei (forest style), which is much more fluid than the Lolita style, and can be got at any Value Village store, lol... I don't have any money for those expensive Loli dresses either. I don't really understand everyone's obsession with 'burando', the million-yen Japanese brand-name dresses and accessories! They don't really do anything for me... I much prefer the indie seamstresses' stuff I've seen online, they're much more original and interesting to me. I also find the Chinese knock-offs on Qutieland quite cute, I'm not a brand-name snob (I can't afford to be, haha). I hear you can get really cheap yet decent stuff from China by shopping through Taobao (basically the same stuff as Qutieland, but way cheaper), but I just can't figure out how to navigate the all-Chinese-text stuff - apparently you're supposed to hire a professional 'Chinese shopper' as a go-between, but I never really got into all that, I couldn't be bothered!

Have you considered incorporating different Lolita styles into your deck - like Sweet/Deco, Classic, Aristocrat, Ouji, Dolly, Ero, Punk - or do you want all of them to be Gothic style specifically? I noticed how you worked in some Guro-style - grotesque style, with the fake wounds and bandages (I'm putting in these references so other people besides you and I can understand what we're talking about, lol) in your Lolitas too.

I can't wait to see your Star card! ^_^
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Wow, those are lovely sketches! You're very talented.
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Originally Posted by RoseNocturnalia View Post
Hello friends!

I always loved porcelain dolls and ball-jointed dolls, even though they creep people out. I think they're so unnaturally delicate and beautiful that they frighten people. I wanted the characters in my deck to resemble dolls, nearly human but soulless with "painted-on" expressions and empty eyes.

Elegant gothic lolita/EGL (or just gothic lolita) is a fashion that blends gothic motifs with Victorian-inspired clothing and doll-like hair + makeup. Don't worry, despite the slightly provocative name, there's nothing fishy about it! I thought that it would be a fitting aesthetic for sad dolls.

I wanted the deck to have a sort of melancholy and surreal atmosphere with muted colours. It'll incorporate childlike imagery such as toys, stuffed animals, sweets, etc. with a creepy twist. These once-loved dolls have been forgotten and abandoned after all

Lastly, it'll be based largely on RWS symbolism for the sake of readability, and because those symbols are what I used to learn tarot. I want to create a deck that many people can use and understand.

Sketches:
9 of Swords - http://imgur.com/7K36L8W Sorry the scan isn't very good!
10 of Cups - http://imgur.com/iIVHaeH Not entirely happy with this one, but I can always go back to it.

Any feedback or opinions would be greatly appreciated.
Hi, Very cool! Great concept. I never would have thought of this. I also love dolls, but I have returned and gotten rid now of all sorts of the older ones as they have such strong, not always welcome spirit attachment. Thanks for sharing.
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They are beautiful, I'd love this as a deck!
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