The Deck Designed
Hello, tarot fans,
What an exciting weekend! On Saturday, I exhibited at FlameCon, NY's first LGBT Comic Convention. I had with me the very first full prototype deck, which Amy... Read more
Onwards to Infinity
Here we come, at last, to the final finished card in the Urban Tarot. It's been a very long, very strange, beautiful journey coming here. Seventy-eight pieces of art, created... Read more
The penultimate card in the series. I'm speaking to my printer this week, and getting a sense of what my timing will be in terms of finally getting these decks... Read more
At the End of the Rainbow
Hello, tarot folk. It's been a little while since my last update, sorry if I've kept you in suspense. With this card, we finally complete the set of the Minor... Read more
Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Hello tarot folk,
I hope you're having pleasant holiday season, whichever holidays you recognize in this season. Our next card is all about the warm feelings of home, family and... Read more
Laziness or whatever, I guess...
Hi tarot people,
I want to thank everyone who contributed to the Daughters of Mercury project last month. Thanks to people like you, the project was fully funded, and I'm... Read more
Can I buy you a drink?
Before I get to talking about my latest card (#73 of 78 for those keeping count...) I want to briefly direct your attention to a different art series that's currently... Read more
What happened last night?
This was a fun, raunchy card to do. Does an image count as unsafe for work if there are representations of tiny plastic dongs in it?
The Seven of... Read more
Hello again, Urban Tarot supporters. It's been a little while since we've spoken, but it seems like a great deal of life has happened in the intervening time.
I feel... Read more
A troubling card, with troubling feelings attached to it. I mentioned in the last update that I was still working on a complicated setup for this piece, involving a multi-person... Read more
Wedding Night Sex
I hope you've all had a lovely weekend, and a happy holiday if you've recently gotten to enjoy one. I'm not usually a fan of Valentine's Day myself, but this... Read more
Composition and Balance
Hello, Urban Tarot followers, I hope your new year is looking up so far. Thank you for sticking with me as the project continues to develop. It's been while since... Read more
A Happy Thanksgivnukkah week to the American Jews on the list. My wife and are looking forward to a fun hybrid feast this Thursday. I'll be attempting a batch of... Read more
The Cups Runneth Over
The suit of cups continues, with the three complete, and a photoshoot for the four.
The Three of Cups: Abundance
We will pass through every stage of a relationship as... Read more
At First Sight
We return this week to the suit of Cups, our last suit, with Love.
The Two of Cups: Love
In each of the aces, we saw the element that they... Read more
Of Storms and Soverigns
A lot of work since my last update - I'm finally at the point at which I've got a pretty solid plan for the remaining cards in the set. With... Read more
Angel of the Waters
I think I will enjoy the headspace that the suit of cups takes me to. Since I embarked on this kickstarter, I've passed through the realm of passion and idealism,... Read more
The Throne of Water
I'm back with new art, and feelin' good about it. I'm now on a new computer, and chugging away. Her name is Pixie, after Pamela Colman Smith's nickname. My former... Read more
Checking in from the summer break
Hi, everyone. I just wanted to give you a quick update, to apologize for the summer break in the tarot production schedule and to let you know that you'll soon... Read more
Resting on your laurels
We finally come to the end of the Disks, and put the worries of material matters behind us.
The Nine of Disks: Gain
What a soothing card this has been... Read more
The Ten Thousand Things
In Taoist writing, the phrase "The Ten Thousand Things" is often used to mean "Everything There Is" -- from the tiniest grain of sand to the earth itself. In other... Read more
Head of the Table, Queen of the Home
I've taken a bit of an unplanned semi-vacation from the project over this past month, so I apologize for the long wait for this update. In return, I'm going to... Read more
Measure twice, cut once
Man, I was kind of dreading this card. I knew it would be a lot of slow detailed work. So many tiny clocks! Of course, all of that is quite... Read more
Guardian of Growing Things
I've been a little precious about deciding that this card was finally finished - ended up spending a few days fiddling with small compositional elements before I decided it was really done.... Read more
This Mortal Coil
A slight jump backwards once more, to the troubling five. Took me a little while to get the reference I wanted all sorted out.
The Five of Disks: Worry
Widgets... Read more
Per Aspera Ad Astra
XVII: The Star
I probably should have realized ahead of time how ambitious the composition I set out for myself was on this one. It wasn't until I had been... Read more
Chariot of the Earth
The Prince of Disks: The Day Trader
We return to the court of Disks with this second entry, the Prince. The Princes are our thinkers, our cerebral archetypes. Armed only... Read more
Why do we fall?
The Seven of Disks: Failure
The traditional interpretation of this card is sort of interesting: in the classic Rider-Waite-Smith set, this card is generally interpreted as encouraging Patience. It carries... Read more
Happy New Year, everyone. Here is the first card of 2013. 2012 was a whilrwind adventure for me - thanks in large part to all of you. I'm looking forward... Read more
Hey, it's the Sun, and it makes me shine
I've been working on this one for quite a while. Fiddly little trees are extremely time consuming, but not terribly exciting.
XIX: The Sun
If there is a single card... Read more
Keeping the Lights on
I am back from vacation, and eager to get elbow-deep in magic again. Let's go.
The Four of Disks: Power
In the continuing journey of Widgets, Inc. - the narrative... Read more
The Gourmet Chef
I am full of delicious pie as I write this. We just came this evening from a lovely Thanksgiving pie party. Which I only mention as it's somewhat related to... Read more
The Print Shop is open!
I've finally set up the e-commerce store on my site. So if you are interested in buying prints for yourself or as gifts, we're open for business. I've put what... Read more
The Lady of Water and Fire
First off, an overdue announcement and an apology. To those who have been keeping track of my progress this should be no surprise, but I am clearly running well behind... Read more
Back in the Fire
So it's been a little while since my last update, for which I apologize. Sitting on a jury ate up most of my work week, and this most recent piece... Read more
I've had a pretty interesting week - on Wednesday, I was put on a jury, and I spent Thursday and Friday sitting in court. The case should end by Tuesday - I've... Read more
The Work Continues
It's generally my goal to go through a suit roughly in order, but as I went ahead and started the Three before I managed to do the shoot I needed... Read more
Sunny photo shoots
As mentioned in the last update, I was out of town for most of the past week, so I don't have any new finished art since the last update. But... Read more
The World of Disks
Just finished the first card of the suit of Disks. It's very shiny. Next week I'll be away on another trip across the country for a photo shoot with a... Read more
XVI: The Towers
This is not the card I wanted to make. I would have loved to be able to make a card that was more fantasy, where I got to interpret the... Read more
The Ten of Wands: Oppression
And here we have the conclusion of the cycle of wands in the small cards, coming all the way from inspiration, a tiny spark, to a roaring fire that consumes... Read more
XX: The Aeon
Jumping back into the Major Arcana this week - I've got a plan for the last of the wands' small cards (the ten) and a quick model shoot for that... Read more
The Nine of Wands: Fortitude
Seems like the card just took forever... all those little steps....there's an irony here...
The nine represents strength in adversity, the will to continue onward in an utterly thankless... Read more
Shooting for the Star
I haven't finished the card I'm currently working on just yet, and I'm about to head out of town for the weekend, so you'll have to wait until next week... Read more
The Seven of Wands: Valor
Is it just me, or does anyone else occasionally find themselves much preferring the British spellings of words? Valour has a certain style to it doesn't it? And I always use "grey"... Read more
By the pale moonlight
Ladies and gentlemen, the second of the new trumps:
XVIII: The Moon
I set out to make this a creepy card, no question. The Moon is about secrets that... Read more
The Five of Wands and the Prince of Cups
Hi all! It's been a couple of weeks since my last update, so I have a lot of new stuff to report.
The Five of Wands: Strife
First off, I... Read more
The Prince of Wands
I finished the Prince of Wands earlier this week. Thanks again to Eben Lowe for providing his image to the piece. This card speaks of reason and intellect... Read more
The Queen of Washington
I'm writing this from my mother-in-law Cindy's house on Marrowstone Island, WA where I've been for the past few days. Amy and I flew cross-country ostensibly to do a photo... Read more
The Urban Tarot Map
A variety of interesting new items to show off this week, so this might go a bit long. No new cards per se, but there is some new art in... Read more
Shooting in Boston
I have returned from my week's voyage to the Boston area and returned with some really neat photo reference for four new cards. Thank you once again, to all my... Read more
The Eight of Wands, and a fun photo shoot
I finished another of the Wands set this week, and did a bunch of prep work for some others - some fun photos below. Skipped the Seven for now, although... Read more
Four and Six of Wands
Little behind schedule on this update, but some more good progress this week. I was banging my head against the 5 of Wands for a bit... I had an idea,... Read more
The Three and Princess of Wands
Two more finished cards this week! I'm starting to roll along here.
The Three of Wands
This card is subtitled "Virtue" and it represents the next step along... Read more
Ace and Two of Wands
This week, I've knocked out the first two numbered cards from the suit of wands, and did the second model shoot. I was hoping to get a third card finished... Read more
Making sense of the Suit of Wands
This week, In addition to getting some planning and scheduling done for my model shoots, I've largely been doing some thinking about the Minor Arcana. How I intend to approach... Read more
Hello backers and friends,
The first of the new cards is complete, and I wanted to share it with all of you. The Death card is one that I've had... Read more
Endings and Beginnings
And we are done! Woo! As of 6:09 today, our project ended successfully, at 134% of our funding goal. Once again, thank you -- all of you -- for making... Read more
I am The Fool
... and I take a lot of pride in that, actually. I take that card to heart, in every part of my life. I am a strong believer in the... Read more
Back from Buffalo, with tales to tell and art to make
Hello! I've just come back from a fun trip to the University of Buffalo campus and UBCon, where I was displaying in the Artist's Alley. It was a convention I... Read more
We made it!
Thanks to you, we reached and then immediately surpassed our goal, just hours ago. We were just a few dollars short, when Susan Goodell of Cleveland, OH swooped in and... Read more
A new reward, and another thing entirely
Happy Holidays and Chag Sameach! As of today we've just crossed 93% funding! I am assuming that the rest of you aren't just hitting reload on the page... Read more
The Hermit's Journey and Reaching Beyond
Hi all, and thank you for you continuing support. Since we've come so very close to 100% in just the last few days, I've started to really start thinking that... Read more
From 68% to 84% in a day! Woo!
So I'll admit it, I was still worrying a bit this morning when I started looking over the numbers. I'd keep looking at the line of incoming pledges and the... Read more
Marie Brennan & The Great Tarot Tour
Hello, everyone. And to my new backers - thank you! It's been a very exciting few days. I want to specifically send a thank you to Theodore S. Schuster and LTJG... Read more
Going strong, but a long way to go
Hello fans of the tarot! To all the new backers on this list, I just want to say a heartfelt thanks for your support. In the first 10 days, we're... Read more
75 backers and 28% of the way there in the first 5 days
Thanks to all of you, I've had a pretty great week so far. I've made a pretty large life gamble on this project, and it seems pretty clear that it... Read more
19% of the way to our goal, in only 3 days!
Hi everyone! I wanted to just start off by thanking you all for helping my Urban Tarot project take off like a rocket. I don't think I could have imagined... Read more