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September 26, 2013
Nine of Swords by =dierat
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Nine of Swords

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This is an illustration of the tarot card Nine of Swords.


From Wikipedia: "If this card is shown in an upright position, it can mean deception, premonitions and bad dreams, suffering and depression, cruelty, disappointment, violence, loss and scandal. However, all of these may be overcome through faith and calculated inaction. This is the card of the martyr and with it comes new life out of suffering.

If the card is shown in an ill-dignified or reversed manner then it has a different meaning. When turned this way it means distrust, suspicion, despair, misery or malice. Total isolation away from comfort and help: institutionalization, suicide, imprisonment and isolation."


My idea was to create an image that illustrated both of the card's meanings - the woman hangs in the balance between life and death, waiting to find out how the card falls. If the card is laid right-side up, she hangs over dry land, feet first, and the four swords are harmlessly hilt-up beneath her. If the card is laid upside down, she hangs head-first over deep water with five swords blade-up below.


Photoshop CS2.



Other work:
Sky and Sea by dierat The Lutenist by dierat Dragoness by dierat
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finstabilized's avatar

Doubt indeed!


Great representation!

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Thank you so much! 💕

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Aw thank you! :love:
RaggedVixen's avatar
Wow this is beautiful! The way her hair floats and how you have panted her clothes in such detail is so well done! And I love how the swords looks like they have fallen down into the sand at random as well as the way they reflect in the water. A painting very well done Clap 
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Thank you so much for your kind words! That's exactly what I was going for! :hug:
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You're very welcome! ^^
Mayssa's avatar
One of the best artworks I've seen in a long time. Congratulations !
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Aw thank you so much! :love:
sphelon8565's avatar
Amazing! =P A very spectacular work I'd see there!Giggle 
and the atmosphere is stunning too, very cool & brilliant Idea I'd sayClap 
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Aww thank you so much! :love:
Holmes-JA's avatar
This is a really cool piece, quite surreal. 
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The-Last-Phantom's avatar
Awesome art!!

You're a true artist!!!

FriskLA 
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Aw thank you! :love:
Professor-R's avatar
I love the composition; that's a really neat idea!
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monsterlienchen's avatar
is this a typical tarot depiction with the water and the floating, or is it your idea? It really has such a dreamlike atmosphere.
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Thank you! The water and floating is my personal interpretation of the card. The typical illustration for this card has a woman crying in bed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_of_…
monsterlienchen's avatar
I think I like your interpretation better
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Aww thanks! :tighthug:
juicyfish's avatar
One of the best takes on this card I've seen. I don't suppose you have the full deck available to purchase somewhere do you? *hopeful*
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Aww, thank you! No, I'm sorry, this is the only card I did. Doing a whole deck would take me so long; it'd never be done XD
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