I'm taking a short break from drawing to talk about drawing! and of course to examine the influence of another card from my tarot deck. "Home" will be my first gallery show that I have created especially for that event. It's a lot! more stressful and deadline driven. I have so much work to do but I'm determined to make it happen! This show is an opportunity to convey a look and feel of offbeat Americana with a little more subtlety and limited resources. "Home" is illustrations of found photos from the 1930's-1950's that I feel are SLIGHTLY off then I exaggerate in the illustration. I'm hoping very much that it comes across the way I'm putting it out. I love how I like to give myself challenging tasks that make me frustrated and anxious. I suppose I'll never be bored this way :) If your a local the info for the opening is on the flyer. Come or don't, whatever works for you!
Page of Swords
Truthfully, when this piece began it was going to be the 2 of Swords card when I thought it was going to be realistic to illustrate all the cards in my lifetime. The image of a woman with 2 swords and a blind fold instantly made me think of this theme, however it worked quite well for the page of swords and opened the door to the idea of making the Pages little girls. The idea of this card is to not buckle under pressure and keep focused, even when things are heating up a bit. Below are some of the influences for the card and the history of it's theme. Enjoy! I know I always enjoy these photos!
Here are a few photos I saved for reference. I love the aesthetic alone of these images. Essentially, knife tossing was a circus act usually performed by the skilled knife tosser and a lovely woman. When many circus's began to perform this act the pressure to step up your game was increased. Some performed the act on a spinning wheel with someone attached to it. Other's decided to increase the tension by throwing knives at a child. My very favorite example of this is the youtube video below of a newsreel from the 50's. Incredibly fascinating and intriguing! Enjoy! Now, back to drawing for me.
There is one final note I would love some feedback on. I am looking into putting the tarot deck in stores across the U.S. Is there a particular store that you think it would look at home in? Please share! Thanks!
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