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{The Princess Tarot} 'La Fortune: Cinderella' by suisei-ojii-sama
{The Princess Tarot} 'La Fortune: Cinderella'
"The Wheel of Fortune" card's interpretation can be as hard to pin down as fate itself. For the deck, I wanted to focus on the idea of how Fate can just whiplash through your life unexpectedly. One moment you're a princess, the next you're in rags.

I've always been a huge fan of Cinderella. It always struck me how she faced everything that was thrown at her head on and still retained her remarkable ability for kindness. "The Wheel of Fortune" also reminded me of clocks and time and how important they are in her story. My favorite part of this card was that there was the opportunity to create a separate composition for when the card is drawn in the reverse position (that scene where her pink dress was WRECKED in the movie struck too many of my emotions as a child...I have never really recovered). 

Also, for me, her dress will ALWAYS be silver :)

{The Princess Tarot} 'Le Reclus: Elsa' by suisei-ojii-sama
{The Princess Tarot} 'Le Reclus: Elsa'
"The Hermit" card signifies the power of finding the strength in yourself. Sometimes, we need to withdraw from the world to do that. In seclusion, we can find that we are more capable and wonderful than we realize.

Elsa for me is perfect for this position in the Princess Tarot. Only when she is on the mountain by herself and coming to terms with her powers can she see how truly special and marvelous she is. She also represents the extremes that these choices can bring. In the film she literally builds walls around herself and shuts out those who are trying to help her. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be alone but it is important to not shut out those who care about you.

I wanted a very quiet feeling for the card, like the viewer was standing on the mountain with her. I also liked the idea that Elsa was continuing to build and adjust her surroundings. Her hair was probably the most challenging part because of how light it is but I also needed color and contrast to make her face stand out. I hope I found a good balance.

It is a MIRACLE that my page isn't filled to the brim with Elsa art. I should fix that...
{The Princess Tarot} 'La Force: Merida' by suisei-ojii-sama
{The Princess Tarot} 'La Force: Merida'
"The Strength" card deals with discipline and control, something that Merida seems to lack. She is impulsive and brash, but she always follows her heart. For all of her skills, it's not until Merida confronts her fears and takes charge of her life that she shows her true strength.

The traditional composition of the card had a lion and a woman, symbolizing that with presence of mind anything was possible. It was also stressed that the woman look calm, and not struggling to overpower the lion. I replaced the lion with a bear (for obvious reasons haha) and Merida always seemed most at peace while she was with her bow so I drew her doing that. I wanted her hair to look at once like fire but also like knot work. I also really like how the colors in the background help her stand out. Enjoy!
{The Princess Tarot} 'Le Chariot: Mulan' by suisei-ojii-sama
{The Princess Tarot} 'Le Chariot: Mulan'
"The Chariot" card can be interpreted as a battle outside of ourselves that we must find the willpower to overcome. I think Mulan fits this rather well since her battle was primarily against a society that only viewed her value in her marriage prospects instead of her traits and talents. The card also implies a victory, and the greater victory for Mulan was proving herself not just as a capable soldier but as a very daring and brave person. 

Composition wise, I did want to get that sense of victory in there so I looked a lot at portraits of people on horse back. When sketching, I initially thought of her in her armor but I thought it was important to portray her as Mulan and not "Ping", so I put her in her ending dress. Since Kahn is such a dark figure, I tried to find a color in the palette that would help him vibrate a little and I think the strong pink in the background helps him do that.
{The Princess Tarot} 'L'amoureux: Belle and Beast' by suisei-ojii-sama
{The Princess Tarot} 'L'amoureux: Belle and Beast'
"The Lovers" card was originally going to be a representation of all the princesses and their princes, but when I sat down to sketch it it seemed like it would not fit the feeling of the cards so far. I brainstormed with a couple of friends who would best represent "The Lovers". When I asked the manfriend, who is not a big fan of Disney by any means, who he thought would be the best representation without hesitation he said, "Beauty and the Beast. Their movie has both of them in the title and it is more about their relationship than any of the other movies are." Usually I don't listen but in this case he was right on. 

"The Lovers" is pretty self explanatory. It's about human attraction, relationships, bonding. In some traditions, the card itself brings out questions of choice and doubt in a relationship. I wanted the scene in the card to reflect the moment Belle and the Beast had in the movie where they both realized they had feelings for each other but they realized that there were other things in their lives that required their attention. 

Overall I'm really happy with the colors and the lighting in this. I also really love how the drop pleats in Belle's dress came out (I love me some big poofy skirts). Also, in tribute to the traditional depiction of the cards, I added the Enchantress to the card as the table to take place of the Angel. I feel like she's sort of watching over the whole process seeing that they both end up with their Happily Ever After. 



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Selene999 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  New member Hobbyist Photographer
Where can I get a set of these cards?
Elleyena-Rose Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love your tarot cards! I'm going to follow, and I'd love to get a set :)
kristyglas Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
I really love your tarot cards, looking forward to see more :D
NefariousDrO Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Spotted your work thanks to the sharing you did on the io9 website, and really impressed. As soon as I have more time I'm delving more deeply into your work, and really looking forward to that!
suisei-ojii-sama Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you enjoy it :)
debuccino Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love all of Your work!!! So nice!!
Azrael-Neko Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
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Xemzero Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
He he we have the same name. I like your style. Keep up the good work bro
vulcantheory Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
I love your Disney Princess Poster! Do you think you'll make a Disney Princess "villains" poster in the future? I'd love to see that in your style. ^_^
inu-nutfan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Student Digital Artist
All your disney art rocks!
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