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Waking CanvasBy Waking Canvas
First created
Waking CanvasBy Waking Canvas
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$14,305
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15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, October 7 2018 6:02 PM UTC +00:00.

About

THE WHEEL
THE WHEEL

Shadow Light Tarot is the first in a series of hand illustrated Decks that act as a visual body of divinative knowledge. Shadow Light Tarot’s incarnation serves to be a modern reinvention of the Tarot exploring the 22 Paths & Elemental Realms never before seen through Infinite Panoramic Worlds for all Suites. Every detail has forged a living-breathing realm embedded with Magick unlike anything experienced before. The symbolism found within the cards draw inspiration from traditional decks, such as the Rider Waite, as well as introduce a number of expanded sources such as animal totems, sacred geometry, & esoteric knowledge to depict the resonance each card represents.

I invite you to Discover the true balance existing between the SHADOW casted by the LIGHT.

Two Part Box with Matte Linen Finish
Two Part Box with Matte Linen Finish

Standard Edition of SHADOW LIGHT TAROT includes:

  •  78 Hand Illustrated Cards based off the Traditional Tarot 
  •  2 Kickstarter Exclusive Commemorative Cards, Editioned & Signed 
  •  5 Infinite Panoramic Worlds: The 22 Paths (Major Arcana) & The 4 Elemental Realms 
  •  30+ Page Visual Companion Guide Book, Hand Illustrated & Perfect-Bound 
  •  310GSM Black-core, Matte Linen-Air Finish Card stock 
  •  2.75" x 4.75" Standard Sized Tarot Cards  
  •  Custom Matte Linen Finish Rigid Box Casing 
  •  Custom Microfiber Drawstring Tarot Pouch for Cards 
Close up of Artwork on the Altar Cloth included with the Deluxe Edition
Close up of Artwork on the Altar Cloth included with the Deluxe Edition

Deluxe Edition of SHADOW LIGHT TAROT Includes:

  • Third Eye Skull’ Enamel Lapel Pin  
  •  ‘Shadow Light’ Altar Cloth Screenprinted on 22" x 22" Black Cotton Cloth  

Stretch Goals:

  •  5 Custom Become-a-Tarot ‘Champion’ Cards, Kickstarter Exclusive (See Rewards)
  •  5 Bonus Cards: Tree of Life & The Four Directions, Kickstarter Exclusive 
  • Custom Foil Stamped Magnetic Box
  •  Wander Light Tarot - Mini Travel Edition of Tarot Deck  

After this Kickstarter, the Standard version of the deck is anticipated to retail for $65 USD

There is NO difference to the Standard or Deluxe Edition of the Deck aside from the extra rewards available during the Kickstarter being packaged with the Deck. 

As one who philosophizes about the Nature of our reality, I always felt strongly that Art & Creation should be able to speak to you by its essence. To capture this, I've purposely chosen to minimize the use of language & focus on the visual appearance of the art itself. 

The illustrative style is derived from the idea that Light serves as the foundation of how we experience the world, allowing Light to shape form from the Darkness. With this in mind, each card was given attention to detail so that a striking contrast & balance can be expressed using the Black & White tone. 

Exploring the Infinite Panoramic of the 22 Paths (Major Arcana)
Exploring the Infinite Panoramic of the 22 Paths (Major Arcana)

With the extent of the cards existing within their own realm, I developed the deck to wrap all the suites into Infinite Panoramic Worlds. This means that as you reach the end of the deck, the cycle begins anew. This provides the reader the opportunity to not only discover the realm in a living-breathing fashion, but to allow cards that align to expand the meaning of a spread. 

 
All cards are printed on 310 GSM Black-Core Cardstock with a Matte Linen-Air Finish 

78 Traditional Tarot Cards
78 Traditional Tarot Cards
Preview of the Visual Companion Guidebook
Preview of the Visual Companion Guidebook

Included with the Tarot Deck is a 2.75" x 4.75" VISUAL COMPANION GUIDE BOOK, brought into being to interpret the cards for both newcomers & experienced readers. The information found within is presented in visually focused charts to easily reference & find what card you are looking for. 

Shadow Light Tarot has been a personal project in development over the course of the past 3 years. During the Eclipse in March of 2016, I had completed multiple sketches to shape the Panoramic Scenes featured within the Deck. Having the foundation & direction refined, I moved forward creating the 22 artworks featured in the Major Arcana. My approach at that time was to create these highly detailed & realistic depictions of the scenes found in the current iteration of the cards as a means to represent the fine art of the vision I wish to express. 

Timelapse of Illustration Process
Timelapse of Illustration Process

After nearly a year & a half of developing these, I reassessed the project to size the illustrations down to print size, recreating all of the cards in the process. This then lead to a very productive workflow that culminated the entirety of the Deck over the course of several months. Most, if not all, of the illustration process was live streamed on YouTube. I have since developed various Timelapses to present each line that went into all the art seen before you today. These can be found on my channel & linked below based on each Suite found within the Deck.
 

Hello, my name is Eric Tecce & I consider myself a polymathic artist. Most are unaware of the term polymath, but I best relate it similar to the path walked by Leonardo Da Vinci, an artist I take great inspiration from. With passion as my driving force, I’ve always been keen to bring to life visions that have developed into a practice best described as Dream Alchemy.

Since light could be perceived through my being, I was both fascinated & explored a number mediums. Though I am always studying from Nature & the world around, a majority of my talents I consider to be self taught through countless practice & discovery. This culminated into an array of skills that I apply creatively in my Waking Reality, even today. The mediums I best associate with currently are Illustration, Design, Photography, and Coding but also extend to Videography, Sculptural, Woodworking, Arrangement, & Music improvisation. 

The light of my astrological resonance expresses Sagittarian resonance with my Sun & Venus, my Moon sitting in it's home of Cancer resonance, my Rising tunneling my experience through a late Gemini perspective, and my mental Mercury harnessing the strategic Capricorn resonance. As we reach beyond the Earthly realm, further influences such as the drive of Mars carries the duality of Gemini, followed by my Leo Jupiter forming this harmonious Trine with my Sun. The remainder of outer planets (excluding the Rebirth energy of a Scorpio Pluto) taps into the Capricorn sector of the sky.  

Prior to the development of this Tarot Deck, I was creating Visual Awakenings that embedded esoteric knowledge without the need of words through the Art alone. I had the opportunity to crowdfund & screen print many of these traditional illustrative works onto apparel from 2013 through 2015. Even at this point along my journey, I felt that one day I would explore the Tarot in its full glory. My outlook from here is to continue exploring & creating visual bodies of knowledge starting with the Tarot & branching out to the Stars, Mythology, Dreams, Crystals, and Plants.

SCHEDULE

The entirety of the 78 TAROT CARDS are COMPLETE & ready for production. The BONUS CARDS & finalization of the VISUAL COMPANION GUIDE are being developed during the Kickstarter campaign. Following the conclusion of the crowdfunding, development will begin for the 5 CHAMPION cards.

I have aligned the crowdfunding campaign to coincide with the Moon cycle to harmonize it with a natural cycle. With it beginning September 9, after 28 Days, it will come to a close on October 7. Thereafter, as soon as the funds are available, production will begin immediately with an estimated window of 2-4 weeks. As soon as all items arrive in studio, each reward will be hand packaged & sent out. I will then be able to provide Tracking & Shipping confirmation to the email attached to your pledge. 

First Prototype of Shadow Light Tarot
First Prototype of Shadow Light Tarot

FUNDING

I have provided a chart below breaking down all costs associated with the goal’s funding. A majority will provide the expenses needed for the production of Shadow Light Tarot, with the secondary expenses covering the production of all other rewards. This leaves the remaining amount going towards all shipping costs, Kickstarter fees & processing fees. I have also added a small amount allocated in the event that an unexpected expenses arise regarding shipping & fees associated with the rewards.

SHIPPING NOTES

All rewards include FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING through USPS. To those who require INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, please refer to the chart below to ensure you add the amount necessary to your pledge so that shipping can be covered based on your location. If it is NOT included, you will be responsible for any fees involving the collection of shipping costs. Also note that you are responsible for any international customs fees that may occur and packages can not be sent as anything other than merchandise. Having already sent a number of orders around the world, I have taken into consideration to ensure shipping prices are up to date with the current prices offered in 2018 & are as low as possible.  

As a precaution to avoid any other potential delays, I wish to note the following to ensure that the rewards make it along your journey as swiftly as possible :
 

  • Please ensure your email address is valid & frequently checked so that you receive updates as they come. When the Kickstarter completes, I will be sending out a survey to collect & organize any information I may need to ship & process all rewards. To ensure all details are correct, I will not be able to send your reward until your information is received through the survey.  
  • Please ensure your address is formatted properly & correctly spelled. In the event your package is returned to me due to an invalid address, shipping will have to be recharged. Due to protection of supporter’s rewards, I will not ship to international PO Boxes, if this is an issue ask a friend or relative if you can have your reward shipped to them.  
  • Please ensure your credit card & payment info is up to date or your pledge will not go through when the funding ends.  

Thank you!
 

Seven of Cups
Seven of Cups

*Video music license purchased royalty free. Song composed by Kai Engel
*All other work, fonts, banners, video copyright Eric Tecce, 2018
 

Risks and challenges

Having successfully & independently crowdfunded the first 100 copies of Shadow Light Tarot, titled Early Dawn Edition, I have already experienced the process that will be taken once this Kickstarter completes. This has brought to light any challenges that would be faced with practical solutions already in place to ensure this crowdfunding goes as smooth as possible. Prior to this crowdfund, I had also prepared a dedicated amount of consideration to sort out all details & third parties involved with production of all rewards. To add to this, the entirety of the Deck is already completed so that once funds are allocated, production will begin swiftly with my aim to have them in everyone hands around November.

This will be my fifth crowdfunding project, allowing for all the experience & knowledge I have gained previously to go into making this the best it can be, while also studying & building upon many successful Kickstarters of others which have come before this. In the event that any setbacks occur, I will do my best in keeping all supporters informed regarding progress on resolving any issues that make themself known.

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