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HP Tarot - King of Swords

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(2007) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

Getting on with the court cards I'll get into the Swords next. I chose members of the Black family for this suite, because they are probably the folks most at odds with one another, and Swords and conflict do go together quite a bit.

For the King I have Sirius Black, trapped in his family home with his family tree hemming him in in the back, and Kreacher in the front. All that's left to remind him of his glory days of rebellion are his biker boots. Otherwise his past has caught up with him as he is stuck at Grimmauld Place.
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witchyandbright's avatar
I would love more info about this deck. How can I get one?
reejking's avatar
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! Glad you like him.
hobbyhinky's avatar
woah, leaves me speechless...
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brilliant!
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primulatook's avatar
wonderful...he is one of my favorite characters
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I am so glad you like him. This one was fun to draw.
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LarraChersan's avatar
It's just....... WOW :wow: !!! The tapestry is amazing and so is Sirius :D. You did a brilliant job on him. He looks, like he wants to jump out of the picture, just to get away from Grimmauld Place.
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! And that's wonderful you see him like that. That's exactly what I was after.
LarraChersan's avatar
You're welcome. You really achieved what you wanted with this drawing :D.
Catalina-Estefan's avatar
For me, Sirius and Lupin was a cople. *_*?
Catalina-Estefan's avatar
I never hear that!!! *o*'
Ellygator's avatar
I really like drawing them both.
Arinya13's avatar
The first thing you notice about this Tarot card is the tapestry in the background. I like the idea of the tapastry and its words Toujours Pur (Always Pure). It seems only fitting that this is presented along with a drawing of Sirius. Sirius Black has always had difficulty accepting his family and their ideals. He was a rebel and wanted to escape from his family ties. So the idea that he is now caught at Grimmauld Place and his past has finally caught up with him only adds to the sense of conflict lying within the meaning of the Suit of Swords.

I really like the way you have made a link to the Queen of Swords card featuring Bellatrix (Black) Lestrange. They are both in posession of a knife in their right hand which is a strong symbol of independence. They are after all two characters who are very much alike, though also different, especially in their views of the world.

And Kreacher at the bottom is a very nice detail!
Ellygator's avatar
Definitely what I wanted to do with the tapestry, thanks so much! The claustrophobic detail was to reinforce that point as much as I could.
Arinya13's avatar
Well, you really managed to make it claustrophobic! It really feels like Sirius is caught and can't get out. I guess he had some very serious problems concerning his family when he was young.
Danceingfae's avatar
Loving your work on the tarot cards. I want a set for myself! :)

Really though I really love this one and Lucius card. My two fav characters done so very well.
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks so much! I made a note of it and will keep you in the loop as things develop!
Ignisburns's avatar
So many details! :)
Ellygator's avatar
Oh, the tapestry was a riot! Thanks!
vernia's avatar
I really like these series
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I really hope I can complete the whole deck!
SophieValentine's avatar
I am so behind in horribly fan-girling all over your work.

I do love this piece...and, for once, I...actually have something to say, if I may be so bold (and don't take this the wrong way, I still love the darn thing more than anything I've ever created)

Black's face...seems a bit pinched...narrow? But I can't decide if it's the picture or my computer...so, nevermind maybe. blah.
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