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Here’s something loosely based on the Rider-Waite/Pamela Coleman Smith tarot deck. Most tarot decks follow this system, unless one uses the Thoth/Crowley deck, or various oracles, gypsy cards, etc. Drawn in pencil and ink, colored in watercolor. Two types of watercolor was used. Shimmer/glitter and regular watercolor.

The scan, done at a low dpi didn’t do the illustration justice. Doesn’t show the details nor the depth of the colors. Below is a photo of the illustration itself:

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Photo of The World illustration by Michele Witchipoo. Done May 2019. Pen, ink, watercolor. 

The other photo is a scan with the fore mentioned low dpi normally used for web and other devices.

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Scan of The World, by Michele Witchipoo. May 2019. 

At this point, the only left for this illustration is a frame, for exhibiting. There could be the rare exception of selling the original. Once it’s framed, of course.

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Last week was my birthday. Unlike last year, I decided not to do anything major. Instead, my celebrations were more low key. Before going to dinner, I took in an exhibit of artist Pamela Colman Smith. Not much is known about her, except for one fact. She is the artist behind the most famous tarot deck of them all, the Rider-Waite.

The Rider-Waite deck has become the blueprint on how tarot cards are based. The other exceptions in regards to divination cards have been various oracles, and the Thoth deck, designed by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris.

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Not much is known about Pamela Colman Smith. She lived in England, Jamaica, and Brooklyn, NY.  Colman-Smith was a student at the famous art school, Pratt Institute. For a while she earned a living as an illustrator and theater designer. Along the way, she became of member of The Golden Dawn. Other members of The Golden Dawn included W.B Yeats, Bram Stroker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Aleister Crowley, and Arthur Edward Waite.

It was A.E. Waite who commissioned ‘Pixie’, for artwork. Some of A.E. Waite’s influences was Eliphas Levi and Sola-Busca Tarot, originally from Italy. In 1909, the deck was published by The Rider Company. The Rider Company still remains today as an imprint of Ebury Publishing, A Penguin Random House Division. Hence, why the deck is titled Rider-Waite. Technically it really should be named Rider-Waite-Smith.

The U.S. copyright for this deck fell into public domain in 1966, with notable exceptions. In the U.K., and Europe, according to the EU, copyright is slated to end in late 2021.

As for Pamela herself, her own illustration career only went so far. After a while her career petered out. Not much is known about her, and this blog post doesn’t really help in the bio department. Sadder still, she died as an obscure creative living in poverty.

Apparently she only received pittance for her work towards the Rider-Waite deck.

On January 31st, 2019, an opening reception and exhibit opened inside the Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn location. As of this post, the exhibit is in it’s last few days, closing April 11th, 2019.

Additional links:

https://brokelyn.com/rip-pamela-colman-smith/

https://hyperallergic.com/490918/pamela-colman-smith-pratt-institute-libraries/

http://zeroequalstwo.net/pamela-coleman-smith-life-and-work-in-brooklyn/

https://www.magicianandfool.com/pamela-colman-smith-exhibit-at-pratt-institute/

https://www.annexgalleries.com/artists/biography/2219/Smith/Pamela

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All photos taken by Michele Witchipoo 2019.

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Here’s an illustration done only a few days ago. Originally was going to hand paint in watercolor, but I was a little too tired to move myself to the studio. The result looks like a cross between a tarot card and old comic book art. Still have the original black and white ink drawing. In case you haven’t figured it out, Mortem is the Latin word for death.

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Mortem. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. March 2019. 

 

 

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Had some downtime tonight. So I went through the sketch book I’ve had for almost six months. It’s pretty beat up with most of the pages torn out, which means it’s time for a new one. Came across something I was working on earlier this year, but never completed till now.

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Illustration of the Star Tarot by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2016.

Over ten years I started by doing sketches containing magickal symbols etc. Over time I’ve drifted away, focusing on other subjects. Somehow it always comes back to the tarot. Which lead me to studying assorted esoteric subjects.

From 2005 to 2009 I used to self-published a sketchbook/zine titled Babalon Babes. Looking back ‘babes’ is such a cheesy word, but it worked at the time. There were four issues of Babalon Babes. Basically Babalon Babes was a combination of erotica and esoteric. Whatever I was into eventually found it’s way into the sketchbook. The only one still available is issue 4, which was the astrology issue. The other issues were more eclectic, ranging from ceremonial magick, Thelema  Chaos and dark paganism. Almost brought it back in late 2012 with a Norse theme, but nixed the idea later on.

Very basic interpretations of the Star card: Hope, dreams, spirituality, renewal, inspiration. People will have different interpretations depending on the question, deck itself, and on the rest of the reading. It’s supposed to be a good card for love but also an unpredictable one. The Star card corresponds to the astrology sign of Aquarius. It showed up in a quick reading I did for myself earlier tonight. It wasn’t a serous reading but it was curious to see this card pop up. Perhaps I was worried about what 2017 might bring. Surprisingly reassuring, especially with mercury in retrograde as of this blog post.

At the moment I’m mostly happy with this piece.

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Gnostic Three Of Swords. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2012.

Gnostic Three Of Swords. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2012.

The ‘Gnostic Three of Swords’ illustration has been posted again on two more blogs. I’m really grateful for the support and mention.

Here are the links:

http://womenesoterica.blogspot.com/2012/10/artist-michele-witchipoo-three-of-swords.html

http://alienartgenre.blogspot.com/2012/10/artist-michele-witchipoo-three-of-swords.html

Thanks once again to Regan Lee.

http://womenesoterica.blogspot.com/

http://alienartgenre.blogspot.com/

http://ufomary.blogspot.com/

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Someone liked my my Gnostic Three of Swords illustration so much, it was posted on the UFO-Mary blog.

You can check it out here: http://ufomary.blogspot.com/2012/10/michele-witchipoo.html

 

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Started sketching again. Mixing tarot card imagery and Christian Gnosticism, this was the result. Gnostic three of swords.

Gnostic Three Of Swords. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2012.

Gnostic Three Of Swords. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2012.

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