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Magic Manga Tarot

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By Viviane-ch   |   
Published: December 15, 2007
© 2007 - 2020 Viviane-ch
The publishing house Urania, specialized on a wide variation of card games, published a manga tarot. I got the request to illustrate this deck.

I had to draw all of 78 cards. What a huge amount of work! Mercifully, my ideas didn't run out.^^
By the way, the titles are originally printed in English. The translations are on the left side of the card.

The cards should look like vintage prints. Thus the colour parts are even and partially decorated with patterns. In order to avoid too bright, colorful and mawkish cards, I decided to use only four slightly discreet colours (winered, bottle-green, pale yellow and dark grey-blue) and mixed them and added some pattern.
For the outlines I used a very soft and small pen nib and drew them intensely so that they become more thick. The variation of the thickness of the lines let the drawings look lively and the figures stick out.
I took the style of Kaori Yuki and the ancient eras as examples.

I decided to design the border in Art Deco style. I considered to do it in a baroque or victorian style before, but it would have looked too antiquated, so I let it be. Art Deco was arising about 1910/1920, thus it is characterised by an expressionistic and dynamic form. This style combines the classic, ancient decorations with the modernity.

Outlines: pen nib, black indian ink
Images: computer coloration (program: Micrografx Picture Publisher 10)
Border: Corel Draw X3 (vectors)
Paper type: Bristol Board
Size: DIN A4 (29,7 x 21 cm)

ISBN: 978-3-03819-404-0
Number of cards: 78
Card size: 7 x 12cm
4-lingual: D/F/E/S

Image size
1240x2329px 1.59 MB
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Where can I buy this deck without it costing over $200?
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Yanderedere-chanStudent Digital Artist
umm where could  i buy this tarot deck? its really awesome
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LocoKittyHobbyist General Artist
I just purchased this, waiting for it in the mail... I have a friend I'm probably dedicating this deck to, xD
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So someone bought this for me and I have to say, I LOVE it.
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I LOVE the Five of Pentacles.
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deBoruProfessional Interface Designer
I own this deck! it is my pride and joy =]
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Very Nice =)
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Oh, how cool! My step-mom has a store where she sells tarot decks, and we just got this one in, though I had been looking at it for a very long time. All of the pictures are so very wonderfully done! Very unique, and different from most other decks, though still very traditional looking, too. ^.^
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zorasummer23Student Writer
Haha I have those cards I got them for Christmas :meow:
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I love these cards. I am buying them today if I can find a good price online. Been on my wish list since May 2011, yay !

You do beautiful work!

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what color is the back of the card
[since I am a boy I don't want to go around with the wrong color on a tarot card]
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LocoKittyHobbyist General Artist
There's a wrong gender-specific color for a tarot card? Lol.
And I know this comment is 2 years old, I just found it an interesting notion though.
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so awsome i love all of them!ur amazing!!!
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grr cant wait till my allowance comes in... i need a new tarot deck... so want this one! XD
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JonFawkesHobbyist General Artist
What a pretty deck of cards. I was just looking to buy a new tarot deck, and I just placed on order on one of these =D I'm sure I'll enjoy it thoroughly
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alexcentralperkHobbyist General Artist
Don't you have the 22 major arcana pictures to show? I'd love to sse them, the cards look absolutely gorgeous!
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XxpHantomMaidynXxStudent Traditional Artist
Simply Gorgeous!
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EricThomasStudiosProfessional General Artist
This is absolutely incredible!
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GirlQueen Digital Artist
Oh my , did you make them?
I own a deak as well , and might be the only one In my country to own them.
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PhantomRavenHobbyist General Artist
I bought this deck!! Omg....seriously, its beautiful work....every card is a feast for the eyes...its literally one of my favorite tarot decks that I own....:iconawesomenessplz:

-Le Phantom :mangapunksai:
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This is absolutely fantastic! I love the way the colors flow together yet jump out as well. Beautiful compositions and color schemes :)
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magurProfessional Traditional Artist
Thats wonderful!
I love all these cards! Your style is stunning.
All the clean outlines and the love for detail is adorable!
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I ran across this deck in a Metaphysics store and was captivated. I have been reading for years, and have created several (THOTH) stylized decks over the years myself, and never before has there been a deck which felt more natural, or precious in my hands. I was given a set as a gift this Christmas from a dear friend.

Would it be possible to request an autographed print of any kind? I would treasure it.
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