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Hello! I'm fairly new to the forums but a veteran when it comes to tarot imagery!
I've always love the symbolism behind the tarot deck. I planned to create my own chicken tarot deck. I got about 5 cards in before I realized I needed to start simple before I went at a monstrous, ridiculously detailed project.

I always have been a fan of dinosaurs, and since I've had so much practice drawing them I figured why not? I've seen a few attempts at this type of deck but nothing that draws my attention sadly.

So far, I've decided on some basics:
Pentacles = Eggs (of course!), represented by sauropods and horned dinosaurs and likely duck billed dinos.
Swords = I was thinking claws of teeth since there is a lot of conflict associated with them. All sorts of meat-eaters will go onto these,
Wands = Wings. Although not true dinosaurs,I wanted to feature flying reptiles
Chalices = Fins? Maybe? I want sea reptiles for these, but am unsure as to what to associate them with.

I have most of the images laid-out in thumbnails. Currently I'm doing rough-drafts. I like to work in pen, watercolor pencils, and acrylic paint. At first I wanted to incorporate more realism into the designs, but later decided that it would defeat the fun in creating them. Same goes with scientific accuracy...I mean, I want them close but since I'm a fan of the old-school reptilian look the feathers will be minimal (I know, I know).

Background imagery is NOT my strong point, and I'm hoping to work on that.
Any critics are welcome! I want feedback for sure!

The Lovers (sauropods) - http://punkbawkchicken.tumblr.com/po...-as-the-lovers
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The lovers drawing is cute -- made me smile. : ) You can see the tenderness there.

As for the suit of Swords -- how about actual swords? I was thinking of the knights who hunt dragons....

Chalices -- jewels perhaps?

Anyway it's a neat-looking project. Keep it up!
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The lovers drawing is cute -- made me smile. : ) You can see the tenderness there.

As for the suit of Swords -- how about actual swords? I was thinking of the knights who hunt dragons....

Chalices -- jewels perhaps?

Anyway it's a neat-looking project. Keep it up!

Those aren't bad ideas, but I want to keep the prehistoric theme going, hence the claws/teeth instead of swords...Dinosaurs weren't the best of blacksmiths
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I have a update! The Lovers colored WIP, next step is watercolor pencils!

http://punkbawkchicken.tumblr.com/image/134313073577
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Ooooh, I really like this... keep at it
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I can totally see the King of Chalices as a Mosasaurus. ;3

But really though, I adore dinosaurs and I can't wait to see how this pans out! Keeping an eye on this for sure.
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I can totally see the King of Chalices as a Mosasaurus. ;3

But really though, I adore dinosaurs and I can't wait to see how this pans out! Keeping an eye on this for sure.
And it's very likely you will! I've decided to have sea-going reptiles as the Chalice set (even though they're not dinosaurs). I've also included a sea-going reptile for the Moon card.
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Next in line, a very, very sloppy WIP of the Moon, featuring plesiosaurus ---> http://punkbawkchicken.tumblr.com/po...ken-oh-this-is

I'm having some issues with the background/foreground. I feel like the moon looks closer than the mountains. Maybe I can settle that issue with color?
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I've finished the linework for The Moon card today!

http://punkbawkchicken.tumblr.com/image/136900299327

I went ahead and completely a quick color WIP. I've decided to color in all the images with real-time media once I have the whole set complete.
I've honestly been thinking about hiring someone to do the coloring for me. Color combos/coordination is not my strongest skill, and I really want to see this thing through.

Suggestions/comments/critiques always welcome!
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oh! this looks interesting!)
I suggest you get this http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABL...ble-GIMP.shtml
it's simple and free paint program and most important don't require much RAM to run!)
and you can work in layers!) it means your original art stay *safe* while you try all different colors on separate layers!)
and you can check on Deviantart I'm sure you'll find all you need there!)
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