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Nine of Swords by dierat Nine of Swords by dierat
Edit 1/31/13: Updated with a new version. You can see the old version here: lh5.googleusercontent.com/-r46…



This is an illustration of the tarot card Nine of Swords.


From wiki: "If this card is shown in an upright position, it can mean deception, premonitions and bad dreams, suffering and depression, cruelty, disappointment, violence, loss and scandal. However, all of these may be overcome through faith and calculated inaction. This is the card of the martyr and with it comes new life out of suffering.

If the card is shown in an ill-dignified or reversed manner then it has a different meaning. When turned this way it means distrust, suspicion, despair, misery or malice. Total isolation away from comfort and help: institutionalization, suicide, imprisonment and isolation."


My idea was to create an image that illustrated both of the card's meanings - the woman hangs in the balance between life and death, waiting to find out how the card falls. If the card is laid right-side up, she hangs over dry land, feet first, and the four swords are harmlessly hilt-up beneath her. If the card is laid upside down, she hangs head-first over deep water with five swords blade-up below.



Other work:
Sky and Sea by dierat The Lutenist by dierat Dragoness by dierat
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Given 2013-09-26
Nine of Swords by =dierat ( Featured by Thiefoworld )
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Bigslam27 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
InSANE!
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dierat 5 days ago   Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconlijj:
I hope i saved the old one. I like them both.. the yellow in the last I liked
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dierat Feb 5, 2014   Digital Artist
I kinda liked the other one too.. I can never decide which is my favorite version. I've been trying to pull back the really saturated colors, but I kinda like them, but they're a little over the top.. etc.

Here's a link to the last 'finished' version (so you can save it if you like): lh5.googleusercontent.com/-r46…

And this was the version before that (in case this is the one you're talking about): www.conceptart.org/forums/atta…
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:iconlijj:
Thank you for linking Dierat. I'll have to look at all 3 closely. I did mean the oldest one with the higher concentration of yellow.
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Valerie-V Dec 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great work! Love the hair and detail.
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dierat Dec 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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:iconangie-pictures:
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD!   :iconflowerheartplz:
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:icondierat:
dierat Oct 6, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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:iconangie-pictures:
It's my pleasure! :)
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