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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, October 13 2013 7:01 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hi there! My name is Victoria Gannon, although I am more commonly known as "Leptailurus." I'm a self-taught artist with big dreams and a love for animals.

I've toyed with the idea of doing a tarot deck for almost a decade now. Eventually those idle thoughts turned into sketches, which turned into little paintings, which turned into the card designs you see here. I've always loved the imagery and meaning behind tarot and it only seemed appropriate to combine the symbolism with that of animals.

With the Savage Divination tarot I plan to explore the similarities between animals and human personality, drawing from myths, legends, folk lore, and general animal personality. For example, the ace of wands is perfectly represented by crafty Coyote, who stole fire from the spirits and gave it to man. The Empress is exemplified by the powerful lioness, determined mother and pride provider.

I have completed a number of cards, which you can see a sampling of below, but there are dozens left to do. In addition to funding the printing of the decks, your pledges will let me dedicate my time to this project.

This is a very large undertaking, but together we can achieve it!

Updated 9/28:

Hey folks! This is Lief again (the husband). Victoria is currently in the middle of a 17-day marathon at her day job, which is why there haven't been any updates or message replies in the past week. This project is her baby and for the most part it's best if the statements here are in her words, but I think this is an important enough milestone to warrant me stepping back in for a moment.

I won't mince words. Right now, we're pessimistic about funding. Speaking in terms of dollars per day, we're at about a third of what we need... and to make it up, we'll need to average five times the daily pledge volume we've had so far. Now, this isn't impossible. Lots of projects pick up steam in the second half; and though pledges have been slow, they've been steady. Most importantly, it's clear that at this point we're not just floating on the initial rush of people who knew about this project beforehand: new people are finding it, and liking what they see. Because of that, I think there's still hope.

The key is simple: we need to get more new people to find it. So, here's my plea: if you've already pledged, or even if you haven't but still want to support the project, tell everyone! Share the link. Tell your friends offline (for convenience, savagedivination.com redirects straight to the Kickstarter page). Ask them to tell their friends. Going straight-up viral would be nice, but really, all we need is a word-of-mouth campaign about five times stronger than what we've got. And let's face it: we came into this with no idea of how to manage a Kickstarter campaign, and we're still pretty much clueless. We've done a terrible job of marketing the project. So the way I see it, five times better is not a tall order!

SOME COMPLETED CARDS:

THE KING OF WANDS
THE KING OF WANDS
 
THE TWO OF CUPS
THE TWO OF CUPS
 
THE EMPRESS
THE EMPRESS
THE TEN OF COINS
THE TEN OF COINS
THE ACE OF WANDS
THE ACE OF WANDS
THE STAR
THE STAR
STRENGTH
STRENGTH

SOME CARDS IN PROGRESS:

THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE
THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE
 
THE HERMIT
THE HERMIT
THE KING OF CUPS
THE KING OF CUPS

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The music in the project video is Divider by Chris Zabriskie, used under the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0.

Risks and challenges

This is a huge project to me, larger than anything I have ever attempted before. Illustrating all 78 cards is going to be a very stressful and time consuming project since I also work as a professional baker and spend time on other art projects. If the funding is successful I will be dropping hours from my day job to afford the time for the art. I will also gladly put other personal art projects aside to make sure I finish this.

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    Enthusiast -::- Gain access to the private blog for this project. See sketches and finished card art before they're revealed publicly.

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    Inside the Artist's Head -::- Want to see the nuts and bolts? This reward is one original sketch from the design process of this deck, selected at random. Sketches are no less than 8x10 inches, in various mixed media. Some will be the ones that became cards... some will be ideas that didn't make it all the way!

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    Proud Owner -::- One copy of the deck, shipped directly to you upon completion. Includes the Enthusiast reward, so you can watch the project unfold.

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    Before and After -::- Get Inside the Artist's Head and become a Proud Owner, all at once! One deck and one sketch, as outlined above.

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    Plus One -::- Receive the Proud Owner and Enthusiast benefits, and also pick one card. You'll get a 12x20-inch giclée archival paper print of that card's art.

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    Special Edition -::- In addition to a deck and private blog access, you will receive a perfect-bound art book containing all of the card images in a larger format along with thoughts and sketches. As a Kickstarter exclusive, each special edition will be individually signed by the artist with a unique sketch on the inside of the cover.

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    Patron of the Arts -::- Along with everything in the Special Edition package, pick one card. For your generosity, please accept a 21x35-inch giclée archival canvas print of that card's image.

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    ELITE -::- You're the best, and everyone should know it! Receive the full Patron package, and, as thanks for your generous contribution towards this project, a custom commission from the artist as a second canvas print.

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