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AC Tarot - X of Swords

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:new: The original sketch for this painting is currently for sale on Etsy!



Prints Available! - I'll have a very limited number of prints of this image available at my artist alley table at Anime Weekend Atlanta.

(LEFTOVER PRINT SALE of this image at my journal! ladydove7.deviantart.com/journ…

The card of perfect desolation. The darkest hour comes and we are left with nowhere else to go but forward.

Though he may be surrounded, bound, and defeated, a true Assassin will find the weakness in any length of rope, the chink in any suit of armor, and the thread of hope in any situation. It is also in defeat that he learns to accept and learn from his mistakes before he realizes his true potential.


My contribution to the Assassin's Creed tarot project ran by the #VisionaryAssassins Group. I'm sure I could tweak this until kingdom come, but I really need to work on other things!

So here is my finished card, for better or for worse! This was a real challenge considering my feeble skills with digital art. I don't feel half as confident with it as I do traditional media. Hoping to change that in the coming months!

<div align="center">See a progression of WIPS here:


Done in Photoshop CS2
Ezio Auditore da Firenze © Ubisoft
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BlueRavenfire's avatar
feevagabonde's avatar
excellent, i love
derangedlovely's avatar
I am in love with this picture :D It's amazing!!
Filiana's avatar
Wow, this is just... wow :wow:
Elnamis's avatar
TheDinosaurMann's avatar
Very nicely done! 8D
Charlemaine's avatar
in fact, i'd like to add that frm the cards i saw at the AC Tarot project gallery, yours is among the most well-crafted. much applause to you (and long-stemmed roses, & chocolates).
AngelaSasser's avatar
Thanks! Sleepy brain processed that as chocolate covered roses :sleep:
Charlemaine's avatar
chocolate-covered roses are even better! why didnt i think of that

(provided you could eat the roses. hmm)
Charlemaine's avatar
Digital art? this? it looks so organic. i thought it was another one of your uber-fantastic watercolors.

i know stuff like CorelPaint has lots of painterly textures. still...this is pretty damn neat. it doesnt look like u struggled at all even though you say you did.
AngelaSasser's avatar
I take that as the highest form of compliment! The most impressive digital works, to me, are the ones that look like they could double as traditional media. I've tried to use Painter, but it's just not very intuitive for me the way Photoshop is. I always come running back to PS every time I try to use it, even though I've seen people accomplish some awesome textures with it! Must get over my fear of change! XD
Charlemaine's avatar
you're welcome. :XD:
no really, it is very impressive. it STILL looks like a watercolor to me no matter how many times i look at it.

it looks like you no longer need to fear that change!
murdoc01's avatar
it's what happens when you don't pay your phone bill ^_^
AngelaSasser's avatar
lol I'll keep that in mind!
AnansiaSsassin's avatar
this is so amazinhg i don't have words to explain it
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cjtremlett's avatar
Appropriately nasty 10 of swords! I like the ominous feeling in this card. Almost makes it worse than the versions where the figure has already been stabbed by most or all of the swords.
AngelaSasser's avatar
I've always loved the devastation of this card. Call me a sadist! It's just haunting! (the whole Swords suit is)

I considered making this card with more gore with the tips of the swords stabbing into Ezio, but something about that belied the sense of hope that also comes with this card. Plus, he's just da man so couldn't rough him up too much without destroying that nice facade of machismo:D
cjtremlett's avatar
There are plenty of bloody versions of that card out there. This one doesn't need the gore to be devastating. I love decks that do things like that - take the standard idea and put a different spin on it. I collect tarot decks, and I love spotting new ideas.
holy sh...! thats so freaking awesome ! wow just ...WOW!
holy sh...! thats so freaking awesome ! wow just ...WOW!
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