I went with a modern take for the art on the tarot for this deck, as I feel that connecting to shadow through the use of tarot requires connecting with images on an intuitive level as well.
I originally attempted to start this project with hand-drawn art but, sadly, my fine art skills just weren't up to snuff and I wasn't producing the concise images I wanted. (Maybe I'll share images of those attempts one day. They were... sad.) So I changed courses and instead created the art for these cards digitally; based off of photo references I have sourced and gathered over the past two years.
The images chosen to represent each card are based off my twenty-some-odd years of experience in reading tarot, and the work I have done with shadow while writing the accompanying book. For most of the cards, I would have a slightly vague, general image in mind when I started my research (such as, “I want a loving couple toasting” for the Two of Cups). However, for some cards, I had a very specific image in mind (such as a statue/bust of Julius Caesar for The Emperor, or the specific view of looking up through branches at the moon for The Moon). Then I just hunted around until something felt right. Some I found quickly; others took repeated searches for the right thing to finally click.
In the end, I think this process created a very unique yet down-to-earth deck. Many cards follow the themes behind traditional Rider-Waite tarot art, while others may be a liiiiittle outside the box, but it is my hope that they will all evoke intuitive hits in their readers!