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Queen of Swords

Queen of Swords

Yet another tarot card complete. I think Yara was perfect for my Queen of Swords. She had just the right mix of sex appeal and sophistication. When I found out she was a belly dancer as well, I knew exactly where I wanted to take this card. I modified the illustration processing technique slightly from what I did with the Jack of Swords card, and I think I’m pleased with the results. Its a little less comic booky than my original technique. I think it lends more of a fantasy look. The question is, should I stick with it? Should I change the Jack to look like this as well or should I allow some variance of style between cards of the same suit?

Opinions welcome and encouraged.


18 comments for “Queen of Swords

  1. May 20, 2007 at 9:42 am

    I really like this one. You should consider doing the whole set like that but if you do, I don’t think they’d go well with the other parts of the deck. This did come out very nicely though.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  2. May 20, 2007 at 10:01 am

    Love how it turned out except for one thing. That technique really darkens the lines on her face and is unflattering… any way to soften that up a bit without ruining the overal effect?

    Seen in your Yara set. (?)

  3. May 20, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Sick Little Monkey got it.

  4. May 20, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    @Tojosan: yeah, one of the really hard things to manage is making sure all the cards look cohesive, but giving each suit its own uniqueness as well.

    @Sick Little Monkey and @MegaBee: I actually tried. I had to do the same thing with the Jack, actually. Its tricky but the edge detection really does over line stuff, I want the sword cards to be grimmer and grittier, and really "not as pretty" as say the staffs which I am intentionally making softer and dreamier, but its a hard line to not overdo it.

  5. May 20, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    Good job! Glad you ended up with this pose, I like it. I’m not quite as bothered by the lines, it does add to the fantasy-like look. Of course if it were MY face I be bothered 🙂

  6. May 20, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    @lrayholly: well, I did erase some before I posted it in the first place. But I think the whole thing has kind of a Prince Valliant look to it, that I like a lot.

  7. May 20, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Looks awesome.

    But FWIW, I also find the black on the face pretty unpleasant…and not in a way that I would think you’d be going for…but I could be wrong.

    Aside from that — I love it.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  8. May 20, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    @d.rex: wait, are you guys talking about the outlines of the facial features (nose, eyes, mouth) or the dot shading on the cheek?

  9. May 20, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    I’m talking about the outlines.

  10. May 20, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    @MegaBee: ah! Those I actually DO want to be heavy and artificial looking.

  11. May 22, 2007 at 2:53 am

    Ok, after consideration of comments from you guys and some feedback from the model as well, I retouched it some more. I’d love to know what you think now.

  12. May 22, 2007 at 4:36 am

    I like this much better. She was just looking too harsh before. Thank for caving in to the masses. :o)

    Seen in my recent comments. (?)

  13. May 22, 2007 at 11:21 am

    @Sick Little Monkey: thanx. And thanks for the suggestion.

  14. May 23, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    OK, I was looking at her face trying to figure out what people were complaining about. Then I saw that you had changed it. She looks lovely. And detached. Like she could detach your head without thinking twice 🙂

  15. May 23, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    @beststephi: yeah, I thought so too… She (the model) doesn’t really like it though. So I’m going to try to do a different one.

  16. May 23, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    look at that tummy! i really like this too… she looks like rosario dawsom or somebody… i forget who… nice anyway.

  17. May 24, 2007 at 1:45 am

    @jessie doncaster: thank you. Yeah, its a shame, because this really is one of my favorites, but since she doesn’t like it, I’m gonna work on one of the others. As soon as I get a chance. I am so far behind.

  18. February 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Wadda ya mean she doesn’t like this?? When one is a model, one has to UNDERSTAND that the she is MERELY modeling something, NOT making a "pin-up" of herself! Please, your pic is perfect, and do me a favor- show her what I wrote here. Thanks! If she complains again, why don’t you just make HER a "special" photo shoot? (Ah, yeah…) Good luck handling divas, that is why I don’t work with women most of the time!!

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