COVID-19 Cartoons: Combatting Bunkermode & Balancing Escapism
Making contact with the outside world can help put things in perspective...

COVID-19 Cartoons: Combatting Bunkermode & Balancing Escapism

Cartoon update #3 In my last post, our avid news addict took some time out from his all-consuming news feeds to enjoy a few relaxing activities (to be honest, he…

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Looking back at the Illustration Process
The story of Jacks, surrounded by inspiration and colour

Looking back at the Illustration Process

While I am eager and most excited to complete the final stages of VIZAĜO, a slight problem with a broken finger has forced me to be patient for a few weeks,…

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VIZAĜO – The Jokers
Vizaĝo - The black Joker

VIZAĜO – The Jokers

As I wish you all a happy start to the new year, it is also time to introduce the two Jokers in my upcoming deck of playing cards. Representing fun,…

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Revised Court cards & Ace of Hearts
Ace of Hearts - the lovers

Revised Court cards & Ace of Hearts

This post introduces the King of Spades, along with latest revisions to the 12 court cards. I also talk about name ideas for this still to be named deck of cards - and share Work in Progress on Aces and number cards.

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Revisions and Updates to New Playing Cards
Revisions of Playing card artwork - Abolina Art

Revisions and Updates to New Playing Cards

The design process invariably includes revisions and changes - and in this update I want to share the latest tweaks to the new playing cards I'm working on. I've been posting updates…

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Painting Faces – The Suit of Clubs
Preview: in colour Queen of Clubs

Painting Faces – The Suit of Clubs

Following on from my previous post, which is all about the beginnings of a new deck of playing cards ... This update takes a look at the suit of Clubs.. From the drawing board to preview of the coloured playing card artwork.

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Drawing the Tarot – Four Knights to the Rescue

If you have followed my Tarot journey from the start (congratulations are in order!), you may know that this project initially began with a symbolic self-portrait-like interpretation of the 22…

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Drawing the Tarot – Meet the Pages

A Page is seen as a youthful messenger; a voice speaking for the suit to which he or she belongs. In the drawings (pen & ink), I used key symbols…

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A Day of Swords

The 9 and 10 of swords bring me to the end of the minor arcana on my tarot card journey. I find the symbolic nature of swords fascinating, even though…

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Tarot – Pentacles & Rods

Today has been another day of painting tarot cards ... :) During winter, my workshop is at least 10 degrees colder than the rest of the house  (when I'm in the…

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Tarot minor arcana – Cups 9 & 10

These two cards bring me to the end of the minor arcana in the suite of cups. Following these will be the four voices of the Royal cards, which I…

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Number 7 – Tarot minor Arcana

What does a number really mean? When looking at numerology and a range of other deciphering tools (including religions),the number 7 is said to be connected with spirituality, thinking, analysing,…

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5 of Cups, Pentacles and Swords

A quick update with my latest Tarot cards... the five of cups, pentacles and swords. When drawing the cards I find it interesting how they connect together in so many…

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