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THE LOVERS - probably final version



THE HERMIT- First Draft

images copyrighted to Nina Gotua 2005

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elf_awareness
Jun. 24th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
nudity and dark sky
two of my favorite subjects
rainsinger
Jun. 24th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
Re: nudity and dark sky
that's an excellent start, but what do you think of the cards?
elf_awareness
Jun. 29th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
Re: nudity and dark sky
Ok. I've been processing them.

Her hair is so beautiful. I feel like the composition of the card is strong. So is the pose.

Question: is that a fig leaf? Probably the flower's leaf..I really like the rendering of the flowers... not overaught.You weren't afraid of keeping them to their lyric glory. . Personally I wouldn't mind the penis, but perhaps that would detract from the subtledties. His grin is priceless. At first the graphic effects bugged me...yet they grow on me. Now I believe they work well with the drawing. The techniques blend nicely.

I feel the choice of showing half the hermit's face is striking.I enjoy that the staff could be a walking stick, a scyth, a mage's wand. The activity of the card sets it apart from your average placid hermit. I appreciate that your cards do not look like hum-drum copies of the Rider deck. I like the rider deck...I just don't see why other artists need to recreate it so often, in my opinion.

Is that specific enough?

I like dialogues with artists. I learn stuff that way.
rainsinger
Jun. 30th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: nudity and dark sky
Thank you - that's excellent feedback.
Your perspective and comments are very helpful.
It's nice to hear people's visual reactions to the cards, I know what I want them to do in terms of symbolism but it's nice to hear perspectives on whether purely artistically/visually the images work or not and what they convey.

Re: leaves, that's a flower leaf; personally I wouldn't have minded the penis either but I felt it would detract from the overall image/feeling of the card by having people's attention just zero in on that detail.

I like the rider deck...I just don't see why other artists need to recreate it so often, in my opinion.


Yeah, me neither. I think the whole process should have stopped with the Universal Waite. I love the Rider deck and I find the imagery lovely, and in a way it's been a basis for my own cards - I just wanted to move beyond it and build on what I liked about the decks I worked with and adding my own touches to it.

I like dialogues with artists. I learn stuff that way.

Me too :)



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