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Tarot Card the World by Black-Feather Tarot Card the World by Black-Feather
I just finished this tonight. It's my vision of the World card in Tarot. The set I'm working on is Animal Visions.

The card is on 12 inch by 9 inch fanboy manga cardstock. I will eventually work with digital framing and stuff, but right now is the center painting. I did this with colored pencils, permanent inks, and acrylics. By the way--only the birds and stars are acrylics. Earth, sky, everything else is prismacolors overlaying black ink linework.

So this is my vision of Earth. I felt the Venous of Willendorf was appropriate since my connection to Gaia in the first place. She's the symbol of fertility. For me the Venous is the symbol of the Goddess, fertility, and blessing. The Earth in her belly of course needs these things right now--if only to stop infighting and wars.

Part of this was completed while I was in the hospital this last week. I had been bitten by a spider or centipede, and it caused an infection that spread across one breast. Between having a near-fatal reaction to one pain killer, and a surgeon having to work on that breast to find the source of the infection, painting the statue of the Goddess was something I was focusing on. I think this was part of a prayer that I would not end up with a breast removed if they could not stop the infection.

I do think this is one of my best pieces so far, and it has a lot of personal meaning to me.


I hope you enjoy her. I will only be doing prints from an outside source on etsy eventually. She's too big to fit on my scanner so a print on DA would not work right.


You may share this work. Please do not edit. It is not a stock for photomanips. Please do not use unless you credit me back. I've spent 30 hours on this picture and I expect my name to remain on it. Thank you.
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Celldweller797 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, lots of details ! And I love hat card ^^
Im thinking of drawing the High Priestess btw
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry it took so long to get back to you.  For some reason deviantart seems to be the last thing I remember to do.  :(

But thank you for the comments--and I want to see your high priestess!!
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GoddessVisionArt Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooohhhh!!! I ADORE this!!! 
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! 

I am discouraged though.  I put it in a safe place so I wouldn't lose it.  I can't find the original drawing now.  It's driving me crazy!
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GoddessVisionArt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I hate it when that happens. I always just blame it on my artist's brain. I'm an artist-- I can't be expected to do anything that involves organization, time tables, or... math. :-P
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laDeaDellaLuna Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
This is magnificent!
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!!
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MewSakura17 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning... I have a question on your technique though; how did you lay your ink work over the waxy prismacolor? I've been trying to figure out how to do that without messing up my felt pens... I hope you don't mind me asking. Bless! :)
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I lay down the ink first with sharpie fine point pens. Then I do the colors overtop. If I use watercolors I lay those down before I lay down the ink. Then again I put the prismas over it.
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MewSakura17 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I see! Thanks. :)
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Lawenta Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a beautiful, complex image. The time and effort put into it really shows. It also made me think about the symbolism of The World card. At a first glance it seemed a bit too much Goddess-centric as this final card should encompass all, but the more I look at the picture, the more it suits me. Unlike the active creative power of The Empress, this Venus simply exists, majestic and protective. Making the Earth a part of her body, however prominent, also gives the sense of the Earth being one whole, undivided by differences in biotopes or cultures and related to the rest of the Universe. Not to mention there's plenty of other fitting symbolism, like the circle of the birds, and both sun and moon appearing in the picture.
Great work!
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I don't even know what to say. The comment is beautiful and puts into words what I couldn't express.

Part of why I chose the Venus is because she's ancient. The statue of her that I drew is from our primitive beginnings. She never died--only changed form as our thinking and our knowledge expanded. To me that stone statue is the core of creation.

I'm lucky to have an odd piece of stone on my altar that looks like a carved goddess figure from around that time. It is something fossilized and an appraiser said it's over 3.5 million years old. That rock is not worth much, but it is to me. If ever there was a fire I would grab that off my altar as I went out the door.

Our roots are important. I think in this day and age we lost a lot, but we have a chance to gain it back if we remember we are still primitive and we still are children.

That's part of what I tried to convey. :)
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Lawenta Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome. :hug:

So if I understand it right, your card encompasses both past (the ancient Venus), present and future (pregnancy). That's amazing!

Oh yes, price and worth are two very different things when it comes to these special items. :)

We gained a lot, we lost a lot :) As for our roots... it's complex. :) We lost much of the "natural" feeling of belonging somewhere and being part of the flow of generations and world in general. Yet we gained freedom and knowledge to reach deeper than (possibly) ever before. In a way we know more stories about our past than we ever did (because scientific knowledge also creates stories). We are free to explore our minds in which those roots run even deeper than stories. If anybody tells us it's a sin we can laugh it off.
In short, we must consciously build and grow our roots - it will never come to us on its own and it won't ever feel as an undeniable truth. But the harder the journey, the more rewarding it is, isn't it? ;)
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iBalore Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Accidently doubled the comment, I didn't see the original one so I wrote exactly the same a moment ago :P You can delete this one and the newest one as well
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

Sometimes watch DA. It does weird things with posts. :)
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iBalore Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Yeah, now I'll be more cautious :P I also added something new in case you're interested :P
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iBalore Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Very impressive. This being reminds me of these figurines archeologists found buried among proto-people from prehistoric times. You know, the ones they supposedly worshipped. Was that your inspiration?
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
My inspiration was the Venus of Willendorf who is one of those figures. :) She was the basis for this picture.
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iBalore Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Very impressive. If I'm not mistaken, is that based on the figures supposedly worshipped by proto-people of prehistoric times? Kind of reminds me of that.
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful :)
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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indiana-w Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I think this is amazing.
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much. I really love this picture!
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indiana-w Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome ^^
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