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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. avatar
    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. avatar
    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. avatar
    May 20, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Sick Little Monkey got it.

  4. avatar
    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.

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    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 🙂

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    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. avatar
    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. avatar
    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. avatar
    May 20, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    I’m talking about the outlines.

  10. avatar
    May 20, 2007 at 5:58 pm

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

  11. avatar
    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. avatar
    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. avatar
    May 22, 2007 at 11:21 am

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

  14. avatar
    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. avatar
    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. avatar
    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. avatar
    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. avatar
    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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