I've been fascinated by the tarot for many years now, and finally this year felt it was time to create my own tarot deck featuring my digital drawings. As a graphic and interior designer, I use the computer to produce my designs, drawing packages, and renderings for clients. Over the years my skill level with AutoCAD, Photoshop and Illustrator has gotten pretty strong, and so it felt totally natural to design this tarot deck using AutoCAD for it's line weight control, ease of drawing, and the crisp clean results.
I've been moving my way through the 78 cards of the traditional tarot deck and creating my designs based on the classic Rider-Waite deck. The imagery is completely different, but I have aimed to capture the original essence of the card to make readings easy if you are already proficient in the Rider-Waite style of deck. If you are not familiar with the tarot don't fret, a guide book will be included with each deck that gives meanings for all the cards, example spreads, and shows the ways the tarot aligns with the planets and astrology.
The cards themselves will be printed at 76mm x 114mm on a 400gsm art paper with a matte finish, and will be presented in a flapped box with the small guide book enclosed.
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I am currently working on the deck and should be completed within the next month or so, then they will be sent to print. I have finished all the designs for the minor arcana (save for the court cards) and have designed 13 of the 22 major arcana cards. Once the cards are completed I will design the box and put together the guidebook.
I have already been in talks with a printer and the goal for this kickstarter is to raise the funds required for the minimum print run offered by the company I have chosen, which is 500 decks. Once I am finished with the design they will be sent immediately to print. I am hoping the cards will be ready for June but this is a conservative estimate and hopefully it will be earlier!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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